A Missouri man just became the new state record-holder for brown trout, hauling in a 40-pound, 6-ounce fish at Lake Taneycomo in Branson on Wednesday using a pole and line.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) said Bill Babler of Blue Eye, which is just north of the Missouri-Arkansas border, became the new record-holder after it verified his catch on a certified scale in Branson.
The fish was 41.25 inches long and had a girth of 28 inches, T he Springfield News-Leader reported.
Bill Babler, left, holding the new state-record brown trout with his friend, Ryan Titus. The fish was caught Wednesday at Lake Taneycomo, weighing in at 40 pounds, 6 ounces. (Missouri Department of Conservation)
Babler told the newspaper he’d been out fishing only for a few minutes when he caught the brown trout.
“As soon as I set the hook, it came to the top and I knew we had a good fish on,” Babler said. “We positioned the boat in an unobstructed area. It was pulling drag pretty good!”
Babler said he tried to keep the fish alive in an aerated tank, but it died before it could be released.
The fish was eight or nine years old, fisheries management biologist Shane Bush said.