Duane Petrosky
Middleville MI
I was fishing for Lake Trout since o’dark thirty and it had been slow when a northern pike hit the spoon I was trolling. After a short fight I landed the pike, released it and was getting ready to reset my down rigger when I looked at my graph and saw a huge mark right at the depth of my other spoon.Within seconds I had a release and it felt like a decent lake trout. It slowly was bobbing its head and obvious had some weight to it, like many of the lakers I have caught over the years. After a couple short runs the fish was coming into view when I noticed it had a big kype and was a Brown Trout. At the same time it saw the boat and rocketed straight at the boat and ran towards my planer board before diving and giving one last big run before coming to the net, which was a challenge since I was fishing alone. The fish did not cooperate but eventually ended up in the boat.

I had caught browns in rivers/streams and even a few while trolling but I had never caught one over 6lbs. This bruiser ended up weighting 17.5 lbs was 32 inches long and had a 21.5 inch girth. I have fished the lake for years and had never landed a brown there before (the last stocking was 2003) and feel very fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time.

Date Caught: 08/21/2016
Kept / Released: Kept
Region of Catch: Region 1
Length: 32 inches
Weight: 17
Lure / Bait used: Lure | white and red, 5 inch spoon