Internet message boards throughout Michigan are abuzz with word of a possible world record brown trout taken on the Manistee River yesterday morning. Tom Healy of Rockford, Michigan caught the huge brown which weighed in at 41 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 43.75 inches long. Biologists have reportedly taken scale samples of the fish to verify the catch.
The fish easily surpasses the former Michigan state record of 36 pounds, 13 ounces and should also top the 1992 Little Red River, Arkansas mark of 40 pounds, 4 ounces set by Howard Collins. It is expected that Healy will contact the IGFA to claim the record.