Previous state record shattered at Scofield Reservoir
Scofield — A Santaquin man has smashed the record for biggest tiger trout caught in the state of Utah.
Trent Peery snagged the monster trout at Scofield Reservoir earlier this month. The fish was more than 32 inches long and weighed in at a whopping 15 pound
Peery destroyed the existing Utah state record held by Michael Moon of 29 and 1/2 inches and 10 pounds, 12 ounces. His trout, caught at Palisades Reservoir in 2007, was no match for Peery’s.
After a measurement was taken by Regional Aquatic Manager Mike Slater, it was determined that Peery’s fish measured 32-1/4 inches long and weighed 15 pounds. The fish had a girth measurement of 20 inches.
The paperwork that will make Peery’s catch official has been sent to the DWR’s Salt Lake City office to be finalized.
“It’s worth noting that Trent also caught another tiger trout the same day that measured approximately 25 inches,” says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division. “There appears to be more large fish under the ice right now.
Excitement over the trout has led DWR officials to say that more large trout are hiding under the ice at Scofield right now.
“The ice fishing season isn’t over at Scofield,” Stettler says. “There may yet be another state record out there.”
A tiger trout is a cross between a brown trout and a brook trout