By Montana Grant

Posted: June 24, 2021

Idaho now has a new record West Slope Cutthroat Trout. The 24-inch monster exceeded the old record by 3 inches. The beast was caught on May 29th in Priest Lake.

The Washington resident angler, Madison Nackos, reeled in the Catch and Released fish. No information was given as to what fly, bait, or lure was used. Idaho has a set of records for Catch and Released fish.

Madison was fishing from a boat! It looks like, based on the gear shown in the picture, that the fish was caught trolling a lure of some kind. The trout had a huge head and was slim due to its post spawn cycle.

Idaho maintains records for two fish categories. There is a Catch and Release program, and a Certified Weight Program. Several species of Cutthroat are maintained in the records.

Rainbow/ cutthroat hybrid    34.74 lbs.

Lahotan Cutthroat    2.27 lbs.

Bonneville Cutthroat    18.94 lbs.

Yellowstone Cutthroat    31 inches.

The largest Yellowstone Cutthroat, that I have ever scene in a lifetime of fishing, was maybe 25 inches. West slope cuts are now being added to local fisheries through Native trout restoration programs.

Cutthroat anglers that visit Priest Lake are sure to fish more religiously than ever.

Montana Grant

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