A Rexburg man recently caught a 31-inch Yellowstone cutthroat trout, setting a new state record.
Nate Burr and a fellow angler had been fishing in the Snake River for three days and weren't having much success, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
According to a press release by the department, Burr hooked the massive trout on the evening of the third day. Burr, who grew up in Tetonia, has been a fly fishing guide since he was 18. He makes an effort to catch bigger fish rather than larger numbers of fish, according to Fish and Game.
"It was one of those brutally slow days," Burr told Fish and Game. "Hunting big trout on streamers means a day on the water can go from zero to 100 in a split second. That was exactly the case with this fish."
Burr's drift boat floated a full half mile downstream while he fought the trout before he and his fishing partner finally managed to net it.
Burr took a photo of the fish, revived it and released it back into the Snake River.
"Yellowstone cutthroat trout over 30 inches are exceedingly rare — especially in river systems where they do not grow as quickly as in large lakes," Fish and Game said in the press release. "Even more remarkable is that this fish just barely beats the 30.5-inch monster Yellowstone cutthroat trout record set in August by Sam Hix, also from the Snake River."
Fish and Game has been recording catch-and-release records since 2016 to recognize anglers who release their trophies.