"MAY" be a NEW STATE RECORD STEELHEAD IS NO APRIL FOOL'S JOKE!|
Corey Brown, 26, of Osterburg, Pa. landed a new State Record Steelhead at
12:01 a.m. April 1 from the uppermost hole of the Walnut Creek Project Waters
in Erie County.
This 20-pound, 3-ounce male shattered the old record by more than a pound.
Measuring 36.5 inches in length with a 21.5-inch girth, it was taken while
fly fishing with an Estaz Fly. The lucky angler reported that his streamside
weighing had it at more than 21 pounds, but he didn't know whom to call or
where to take it that time of night. He went to Elk Creek Sports Store in the
early morning, and a call was placed to WCO John Bowser to verify the fish
species. (A requirement for State Record fish.) Upon Officer Bowser's
arrival, a group of more than 20 anglers all shouted, "April Fool's!" but
quickly parted so he could see the monster fish hanging over both ends of the
This was Brown's second year of fly fishing for Steelhead. He said he was
"shaking like a leaf for an hour after landing that big of a fish" and that
he is happy to have a "world-class fishery in his home state." His praise of
the Walnut Creek Project Waters was echoed by many of the other anglers and
media present at the weigh in.
The present record for Steelhead Trout is 19 pounds, 2 ounces.
Source: WCO John Bowser