|03-06-2014 06:03 AM|
It's Official Now...New State Record...
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
March 5, 2014
Contact: John Easterbrooks, (509) 457-9330
or Bruce Baker, (360) 902-2764
New State Fishing Record: Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum)
Caught by John Grubenhoff of Pasco, WA, in Lake Wallula (Columbia River), Benton County, on Feb. 28, 2014
Weight: 20.32 lbs
Total Length: 35.50 inches (90 cm)
Girth: 22.75 inches (57.5 cm)
Fishing method/gear: Trolling in 22 feet of water upstream along a current break at 0.8 mph and using a Rapala® J-13 lure 6 feet behind a 2 oz. “bottom walker” weight.
Conditions: Sunny, but with a cold front coming in the next day. Water temperature: 37.2 degrees; air temperature: upper 40s.
Species description: Walleye are extremely popular sport fish everywhere they occur, and are known for their exquisite flavor. They are native to the Midwest United States and were first identified in Washington about 1960 in Banks Lake. They have since spread throughout the Columbia Basin and the Columbia River from Lake Roosevelt, downstream to near Longview. Washington is known nationwide for its walleye fishing.
Previous record: Taken Feb. 5, 2007 in Lake Wallula (Columbia River) by Mike Hepper of Richland, WA
Weight: 19.3 lbs
Total Length: 33.7 inches
Girth: 22.2 inches
|03-05-2014 02:49 PM|
|03-05-2014 10:38 AM|
I'll be moving to the Oregon side (probably) of the Columbia River in the near future and this thread has definitely confirmed my decision as a good one. I may or may not have a boat but will be checking out guides either way.
|03-05-2014 10:00 AM|
|BigEye||WOW! GREAT FISH! That is truly an eye in a different class than anything I've ever caught.|
|03-05-2014 08:24 AM|
Maybe someone should start a poll ( I don`t know how)
on how many would have kept a fish like thatÉ
As for me you bet i would have kept it , No questions asked I agree with Juls on this one
Ive seen 13`s in the bottom of the boat , But i couldn`t imagine what that would look like
laying there on the carpet , `I`d loose my Mind
|03-05-2014 12:35 AM|
|walleyewillie||Hey Ty you forgots to mention the yeller perch, dude.Nice fish John I think I saw Mike out yesterday tryin to get that record back.|
|03-04-2014 10:58 PM|
What were up against on the Columbia
First of all, here is a great article about John Grubenhoff's great catch. Congrats to a great guy on a great fish.
Secondly, check out the comments on this article to see what we are up against on the Columbia River. The salmon fisherman seem to think that the Walleye are eating all of the salmon and salmon smolts...on another note, the Columbia is expecting its biggest run of Fall Chinook since 1938 (estimated at 1.6 million 4-5 year old fish!)
If any of you have the means, please come out and fish this amazing fishery and support some of the great guides and local economy that are on the Columbia. As amazing as John's fish is, there will be bigger from the Columbia! Take a look at Walleye Central's ten pound club and see where all the big fish have come from! If you get the timing right you could fish GIANT walleye, GIANT Sturgeon (10+ foot), and Salmon all in one trip.
Congrats again John!
|03-04-2014 09:45 AM|
|03-03-2014 01:28 PM|
You know, Juls, what they say about assume.
Nice fish. Lets move on.
|03-03-2014 01:15 PM|
2.) If it weren't for men, women wouldn't have attitudes.
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