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In a story recently shared by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine has a new state record lake trout.
Even more impressive than the catch, perhaps, is the fact that the record it displaced was over over sixty years old!
A Once in a Lifetime Catch
According to the release, Andover’s Erik Poland is the proud owner of the new Maine state record lake trout.
The record fish, which weighed in at a hefty 39.2 pounds and measured 44 inches in length, also had a girth of 28 inches. He caught his new record fish on July 2nd.
Poland’s trout was caught on Lake Richardson, which is located in western Maine near the New Hampshire state border.
The new record catch surpasses the previous state record by over seven pounds.
The previous record, which was caught on Beech Hill Pond by Hollis Grindle, weighed 31.8 pounds.
Of particular note is the fact that Grindle’s catch was recorded all the way back in 1958!