American Falls Reservoir Angler Nets New Catch-Release Record For Rainbow Trout In Idaho

Brett Jones of Rock Springs Wyoming reeled in a new catch-and-release Idaho record for rainbow trout.

Jones caught the huge trout while fishing American Falls Reservoir on May 25. The 31.25-inch monster was just long enough to break the previous record of 30.5 inches, held by David Raisch since 2018.

State records are split for rainbow trout between common rainbows and the fast-growing Gerrard-strain trout found in the Coeur d’ Alene and Pend Oreille drainages. Lake Pend Oreille still holds the current catch/release record Gerrard rainbow trout at 36.5 inches.

American Falls Reservoir has a well-deserved reputation for producing trophy trout, having produced several certified weight records already. The reservoir produced the 34-pound (41 inches) record rainbow/cutthroat hybrid caught by Mark Adams in 2011, and the 20-pound rainbow trout record was caught by Michelle Larsen-Williams in the Snake River nearby. 

Rainbow trout are the most common species at American Falls Reservoir, but Yellowstone cutthroat and brown trout are also in the neighborhood. The reservoir is popular for anglers trolling lures for big trout, but also has some good smallmouth bass and yellow perch fishing as well.

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