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State record rainbow trout caught Saturday

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I loved the one comment that was below the article. It will last until another one bigger is stocked! lol

"you can always beat the keeper, but you can never beat the post"

There are only three things in life that are certain : death, taxes, and the wind blowing at Capps Creek!

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A Sallisaw Middle School teacher and self-taught fly fisherman likely is holder of the new state-record rainbow trout for Oklahoma — and it is an accidental fish at that.

Paul Glover coaxed the big fish to the shore of the Lower Illinois River on Saturday morning using a relatively spindly 5-weight fly rod and 2-pound-test leader. The fish, 29 3/16 inches long with a girth of 16 9/16 inches, weighed a whopping 11 pounds 4.32 ounces according to the angler’s signed and witnessed affidavit.

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Caught a 24 inch female in the "trophy" area downstream from the Watts walk-in access yesterday evening. Not as big as the record fish, but a heckuva lot prettier. Fins and tail were in perfect shape! What's even better -- there was another one just as big sitting next to her when I caught her. Not sure if they stocked some big ones recently or if these are holdovers. I'd post a pic if I knew how to get it on this page from my old dumbphone. I texted a pic to my sis-n-law and had her post it to my Facebook page. If anyone knows how I can get it from FB to here, let me know and I'll post the pic!


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I have caught some really nice fish the past couple months. I hope that they are holdovers that have benefited from the min. release. I have watched some really decent fish cruising. All they have to learn is not to eat powerbait and they have a chance to get bigger.

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If they stay a few hundred yards away from the walk-in access points, they'll probably be safe. And, yes, they did stock a few larger fish, recently.


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