Richard Galloway landed this monster rainbow trout while fishing the Clearwater River in Idaho in early March.
Galloway took some photos and measurements of the fish before releasing it as required by state law. The fish measured 36 inches in length and had a girth of 28 inches, according to the Idaho State Journal.
“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 told the paper. “I thought it was a steelhead.”
We’ll never know for sure if this fish would have broken the rainbow trout state record: a 20-pounder caught by Michelle Larsen-Williams in the Snake River. But at least in this photo, Galloway’s fish looks plenty big enough to have been a record breaker (see the current state record).
What do you think? Would Galloway’s catch have been a state record?
For some reference, the world record trout (pictured below) weighed in at 48 pounds.