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Scofield tiger trout smashes state record

Trent Peery shows off the record-breaking tiger trout he pulled through the ice at Scofield Reservoir Feb. 16.

Trent Peery of Santaquin came into the Springville office of the Division of Wildlife Resources on Thursday, Feb.16 and demonstrated extreme excitement about his day of fishing at Scofield Reservoir.

He then showed the fisheries staff a gigantic tiger trout to measure, hoping it would break the existing state record. The current record has been held by Michael David Moon with a tiger trout that measured 29 1/2 inches, a girth of 17 1/8 inches and weighed 10 lbs. 12 oz. Michael caught the tiger in Palisades Reservoir just south of Manti.

Fisheries Biologist, Mike Slater measured Trent's tiger trout at 32 1/4 inches with a girth of 20 inches and with an official weight receipt of 15.16 pounds.

The paperwork to make this catch official has been completed and is in the DWR office in Salt Lake City to be finalized. Its worth noting that Trent also caught another tiger trout the same day that measured approximately 25 inches, so there appears to be more large fish under the ice right now

Conservation Officer Devin Christensen describes fishing success as ranging from fair to good. Ice thickness is 25-30 inches. Christensen said that those anglers who are catching the biggest fish are using spoons or lures such as Kastmasters, tipped with chunks of chub meat.

Assistant Fisheries Manager in Price Justin Hart reported that a 27 inch tiger trout was caught and released at Scofield Reservoir on February 17.

The ice fishing season isn't over at Scofield and there may yet be another state record out there!

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