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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:01 am

    Franklin County resident Richard Galloway may have caught the Idaho state record rainbow trout, but he will never be the official record-holder.

    As required by state law, Galloway, who resides in Cub River east of Preston, released the monster fish back into Northern Idaho’s Clearwater River where he caught it in early March this year.

    The moment the fish swam away, and because Galloway did not adhere to other requirements, his chance of being the new record-holder vanished.

     It sounds like a fishy story, but it happened. For proof, Galloway brought home some photographs documenting the monster rainbow.

    “I think I had it on my line for 15 to 20 minutes. I was using 15-pound test, so I kind of horsed it in a little,” Galloway said. “I thought it was a steelhead.”

    Mark Gamblin, Idaho Fish and Game southeast supervisor, said for a fish to be considered a state record it must meet certain requirements — none of which were met by Galloway.

    “It has to be verified by an Idaho Fish and Game employee, the species must be properly identified, the fish needs to be properly weighed and measured on certified scales,” Gamblin said.

    Unofficially, Galloway figured with his calculations the fish was about 36 inches long with a girth of 28 inches. He’s not sure how much it weighed.

    The official record for an Idaho rainbow trout was set by Michelle Larsen-Williams, of Pingree, Bingham County.

    She landed a rainbow weighing 20 pounds 2 ounces in July 2009 on the Snake River above the American Falls Reservoir.

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  • kamloops_king posted at 1:19 am on Sat, May 11, 2013.

    kamloops_king Posts: 2

    My first comment below is referring to the 20lb 2oz fish also pictured.

    Re: The released fish. On Lake Pend Oreille where many 20lb plus rainbows are caught every year the formula for weight is length X girth X girth / 700= weight. In the case of this fish if the measurements are correct
    36X28X28=28,224 28,224/700=40.32 A potential new world record. Lake Pend Oreille holds all the line class world records for rainbows. .
    I was an outfitter/guide on Pend Oreille for 10 years and have netted and properly measured 100's of 20lb plus rainbows. Most were released but of the ones checked against the formula it was within 2lbs pounds 80% of the time and I never had it off more than 3 lbs.

  • kamloops_king posted at 11:49 pm on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    kamloops_king Posts: 2

    Will someone help me out here, If the world record rainbow is a 37lb Gerrard Rainbow out of Lake Pend Oreille - Bonner County - Sandpoint, Idaho caught by Wes Hamlet in 1947, then how is this fish considered a state record?

  • sjmoats posted at 9:56 am on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    sjmoats Posts: 4

    Just wondering how how Mr. Galloway is supposed to have all those measurements done and still comply with state law about catch and release?


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