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14-pound tiger trout turns up in annual fall sampling at Scofield; larger fish spotted

First Published      Last Updated Oct 22 2013 03:54 pm

Calvin Black, a regional aquatics manager from the DWR's southestern region, sent in this report long ago, but time slipped away and I'm just getting around to posting it now. Thanks to DWR videgrapher Mike Christensen for providing the great photos. Here's Cal's report from the gillnetting on Oct. 3:

The Scofield Reservoir Fall gillnetting was conducted late last week with great results. Overall cutthroat and tiger trout numbers look to be about average, however the size of the fish is incredible. Nearly a third of the trout were under the slot limit, while the majority of the fish were in the slot or over. Numerous tiger trout were collected in the 16"-24" range with the largest being a 32" 14-lb tiger trout. While pulling the second net of the day a larger tiger trout was observed cruising the shoreline near the gill net. Biologists estimate that fish to weigh nearly 16-18 pounds. The cutthroat trout were looking very healthy with several fish measuring only 20" but weighing 5 pounds. Rainbow trout were nearly nonexistent in the gill nets with only 9 fish being collected. From observations Utah chub numbers looked to be similar to last fall, which should continue the decline from past years.