Lake Erie is best known for its walleye, perch, and smallmouth fishing. However, it also holds its fair share of trout. While most of the trout targeted are steelhead a few brown trout are known to inhabit the lake and a Pennsylvania angler was able to cash in.
According to Go Erie, A 20-year-old state record appears to have been broken when angler Robert Ferraro reeled in a monster brown trout.
The monster brown weighed in at 20 pounds, 9 ounces and tops the state record by almost a pound. The fish’s measurements were 33 3/4 inches in length and 21 1/8 inches in girth.
Ferraro has targeting steel head when the fish hit on one of his down riggers and the fight was on.
The former record was held by Fazle Buljubasic, who caught a brown trout weighing 19 pounds 10 ounces on July 4, 2000.
“The fish hit a downrigger,” Ferraro said. “It was wild and unexpected. When I felt the fish run, I knew it was a big fish. It took 50-60 (feet) of line back. It didn’t jump like a steelhead. I wasn’t sure what it was.”
The fish was brought back to shore where it was measured and inspected by a state biologist. Ferraro will still need submit the required paper to confirmed by the state in Harrisburg, but it looks like that should be no issue.
Ferraro said he is happy to have his name attached to the record and hopes that it highlight the awesome fishery of Lake Erie.
“Lake Erie is a fabulous fishery,” he said. “We’re fortunate in this area, especially with all that’s going on. People can get outdoors and get away. We have a great resource. There’s a lot of luck involved in fishing.”