Danny Villanueva, Recreational Angler
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Posted on April 2, 2013 | Permalink
Opening Day Monster
Location: Patuxent River in Laurel's Waterfront Park
I fished Waterfront Park near historic Laurel on Saturday morning with my Son, Neil Villanueva. The trout fishing was hot in the morning hours and we quickly caught our limit.The trout were all nice sized and I caught one that was about 16 inches. We were also there to witness a fellow angler who was fishing the same pool, catch the biggest trout we have ever seen before, a Rainbow Trout in excess of 10 Pounds!
Attached is a photo of the unidentified angler who caught this incredible Rainbow Trout. We were both fishing the same pool on the Patuxent when this fish hit his 4 pound test line. After about 10-15 minutes of battling the fish, I was thinking that this guy had caught a big Carp or maybe a Catfish. When I got a first glimpse and realized that it was a trout I almost fainted!
Of course no trout fisherman would have a net that could accommodate such a big fish, but this patient angler was able to finally wrestle the tired fish on to the gravel bank after chasing it into the water. Me, as well as some of the other anglers who were fishing nearby were stunned when we saw this fish out of the water. This fish was clearly well over 10 Pounds and was at least 27" long when we measured it. This fellow said he would be posting his catch onto the Angler's Log. I hope that he got it weighed right away because I think we might all be surprized of it's true size.
Q: Did DNR stock a fish this big in the put and take areas, or did this one somehow survive and grow to this enormous size.
A: The monster trout was stocked by DNR personnel this spring. Based on the photo the stocking crew believes the fish moved upstream about 300 yards.