“Within the water with a hook.” That’s all Tim Daniel of Granby would initially disclose to Colorado Parks and Wildlife about the place and the way he caught a 23-1/4-inch brook trout. You possibly can’t blame a fisherman for wanting to maintain his secrets and techniques, and CPW appeared to be preserving the key, too. At the very least for some time. Daniels caught the large trout in Monarch Lake on Might 23. State aquatic biologist Jon Ewert inspected the fish the day it was caught, however the company solely made the official announcement on Friday, declaring Daniel’s 7.84-pound brook trout a brand new state document, besting a mark that had stood for 75 years.
“After I headed out to fish that day with my buddy Karen and four-legged buddy Moose, I had no intention of breaking a document,” Daniel finally revealed to the CPW. “I wasn’t certain what I had hooked, however I knew it was massive. I’ve fished waters in Northwest Colorado for a few years, and I’ve landed some massive fish. Due to the onerous work and dedication of CPW aquatic biologists, Northwest Colorado has among the greatest fisheries within the state.”
Brook trout are native to jap waters, initially starting from Hudson Bay to the Nice Lakes and the headwaters of the Mississippi. However they’ve been launched all through a lot of North America, in addition to in Iceland, Europe and Asia—and had been first stocked in Colorado in 1872. Together with his big catch, Daniel broke the longest-standing fish document in Colorado, a 7.63-pound brook trout caught by George Knorr from Higher Cataract Lake in Summit County in 1947.
“We at all times suspected that Monarch Lake had the potential to supply a state document brook trout,” said Ewert. “This can be a actual testomony to the standard of our angling alternatives in Grand County. It couldn’t have occurred to a extra deserving angler than Tim. He’s simply a kind of guys that’s at all times on the market on the water and consequently, has an intimate data of the delicate particulars essential to be so profitable.”
Brook trout, which usually vary from 6 to 12 inches in small streams however can reach 34 inches in massive rivers and lakes, are opportunistic feeders. They eat quite a lot of bugs, together with caddisflies, mayflies, midges, and black flies, in addition to worms, leeches, crustaceans, spiders, fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, and even small mammals like voles. It appears, nonetheless, that we’ll by no means know what the brand new state-record brookie ate that was connected to Daniel’s hook.