Giant Steelhead Taken on Washington's Hoh River

On Friday, February 20, Peter Harrison caught a steelhead estimated at 29-30 pounds on an 8kg tippet on Washington State’s Hoh River. The existing IGFA world record for rainbow trout (the IGFA groups steelhead with rainbows) on 8kg tippet is a 28-pound fish caught by Chuck Stephens on the Skeena River over 24 years ago. The story, first reported on the blog The Big Pull, has elicited congratulations and groans — the latter from those who believe steelhead, especially large fish, should always be released. But because it was bleeding from the gills and was “the fish of a lifetime,” said Harrison, he decided to take the fish.

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  • Bob Alexander

    Can you imagine how many wild steelhead, generations of them, carry this magnificent fish’s DNA? And how many more could it have sired had Mr. Harrison not killed it? Regardless of its impact on the future of the species, this one instance would be less troubling were it not so heavily promoted. Wouldn’t a photo have sufficed? Congratulations, Mr. Harrison, on the IGFA record of this Endangered Species.