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03-06-2014 06:03 AM
It's Official Now...New State Record...

Its Official!

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
3M TA3
Originally Posted by Juls View Post
That fish was near the end of it's life cycle. Is it better that it die and sink to the bottom of a lake to decompose? Or, to have it land on the wall of a lucky angler to be forever appreciated with fond memories every time he gazes upon it?

I would rather see it on a wall than rotting on the bottom of the lake.

There is no guarantee it would ever be caught by another angler ever again in it's lifetime.

I do both catch and C&R (depending on where I'm fishing and if I need any fish at the time), so I appreciate both viewpoints. I just don't think someone else should judge another person for doing what they want to within the law.
Or he could have let it go, someone else caught it ten minutes later, and then they decide to put it on the wall. I for sure would have put it on the wall. As old as it is by the way, I am surprised it looks so darn healthy.
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
Ima Jelous

Wow!!! Congrats.
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
Hat Trick
Originally Posted by JLDII View Post
1.) Juls is just another one of the guys on here...a dirty stinky fisherman like the rest of us.

2.) If it weren't for men, women wouldn't have attitudes.
We'll give you a pass for this post. Your wife was obviously looking over your shoulder as you typed it.
03-03-2014 01:28 PM
Originally Posted by Juls View Post
LOL...you didn't say it like that. I can't read your mind ya know...

You have been here long enough to know we get a lot of C&R purists on this site that feel everyone should believe the same way they do. I just assumed by your post you were wondering if he released it or not.

All I said was >What did he do with it?< I did not imply he should release it. I never release a Walleye.
You know, Juls, what they say about assume.
Nice fish. Lets move on.
03-03-2014 01:15 PM
Originally Posted by hat trick View Post
You're asking a woman "what's with the attitude?" Man... if you find out let us all know!
1.) Juls is just another one of the guys on here...a dirty stinky fisherman like the rest of us.

2.) If it weren't for men, women wouldn't have attitudes.
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