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Angler catches new state record walleye

by Clark Fork Valley Press
| June 2, 2021 12:00 AM

Trevor Johnson of Helena reeled in a nearly 3-foot-long walleye from Holter Lake near Helena on May 10.

Johnson's fish weighed in at 18.02 pounds on a certified scale, measured 32.25 inches in length and 22 inches in girth. He caught the record-setting fish on a jig.

The previous state walleye record was set in 2007 with a 17.75-pound fish from Tiber Reservoir.

Other recent state record fish include a chinook salmon caught last August, a smallmouth bass in October, a yellow bullhead in December, a brown trout in February, a longnose sucker in March and a largemouth bass in April.

With a total of 91 native and introduced fish species found in Montana, interest in fish records has increased in recent years. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks maintains the list of record fish at fwp.mt.gov/fish/anglingdata/records.

Anglers who think they caught a state record fish should keep the following things in mind:

  • To prevent loss of weight, do not clean or freeze the fish.
  • Keep the fish cool — preferably on ice.
  • Take a picture of the fish.
  • The fish must be weighed on a certified scale (found in grocery stores or hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by a store employee or other observer.
  • Obtain a weight receipt and an affidavit from the store personnel if no FWP official is present.
  • Measure the length and girth.
  • Contact the nearest FWP office to have the fish positively identified by a fisheries biologist.