Two anglers from northwestern Ontario were close to breaking an over-70-year-old record over the weekend after catching a nearly 60 lb lake trout in the Red Lake area.
Sam Boucha says she and her friend Brad Molloy were out on the ice Saturday when the pair reeled in the monster fish, which has been measured at 47.75” long and 31” in girth - weighing in at over 57 lbs.
Unfortunately, the two explained due to the fish’s size – it couldn’t be brought through their ice fishing hole and an auger had to be used to widen the hole – which did kill the animal in the process.
Their friend Brad Saskosky just missed out on the once-in-a-lifetime catch – as his sled broke down on the way. But the anglers were just shy of breaking an over-70-year-old record for Lake Trout.
Destination Ontario says the province’s Lake Trout record was set in May of 1952 with a 51.5” long, 32.8” girth and a 63.1 lb fish on Lake Superior – weighing an estimated 4 lbs more and being 4” longer than this fish from Red Lake.
Still, it’s one heck of a story to tell.