This is one big fish!
In some breaking news, a new catch-and-release record steelhead has been landed in Idaho. Kyriacos Panayiotou caught a 41-inch steelhead on the Clearwater River, beating the previous record set in 2021 by 1.75 inches. Fishery managers estimate that less than 1% of steelhead in Idaho reach 40 inches.
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The catch-and-release record program was started in 2016 and has been popular with anglers. Anglers who catch a steelhead over 40 inches long can submit a photo of the fish to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for a certificate and a chance to win prizes.
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This new catch-and-release record is a testament to the health of the Clearwater River steelhead population and the dedication of Idaho anglers. It is also a reminder of the importance of catch-and-release fishing for conserving this iconic species.
If you catch a steelhead over 40 inches long, please consider submitting a photo of the fish to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for the catch-and-release record program.