25 LB TROUT CAUGHT NEAR OROVILLE DAM
25 LB TROUT CAUGHT BY OROVILLE DAM
After a long battle, Joshua Giordano of Bangor landed a massive rainbow trout in the Thermalito Diversion Pool below Oroville Dam on the Feather River.
The official weight on the certified scale at the Feather River Fish Hatchery was 25.25 pounds for the fish caught on May 22.
“The trout was 35 inches in length by 25 inches in girth, a truly amazing fish,” said Giordano.
Giordano caught the rainbow on a swimbait under a bobber.
He was using a 10-foot 6 SST Okuma 10 to 20-pound line rod teamed up with a Helios 3500 series reel.
He hooked the fish on 25-pound test Power Pro line, attached to a 15-pound Seagar leader.
“I had a bigger fish on the day before that pulled the hook after a one-and-a-half hours.”
Giordano said. “I have landed over 30 trout in the 20-pound class and it’s definitely in the top 3 for me.”
Giordano normally releases his fish, but kept this one because it was in the state record class and he wanted to weigh it on a certified scale.
This is one of the largest rainbow trout taken in California in recent years.
The current state inland rainbow trout record is 27 pounds, caught at Lake Natoma by Frank Palmer of Orangevale on October 2, 2005.
The state domestic rainbow trout record is 28 pounds, 5 ounces, set at a private lake in Butte County by James Harrold of Cohasset at on January 3, 2006.
The state steelhead (anadromous rainbow) record is 27 pounds, 4 ounces, set on the Smith River by Robert Halley of Crescent City on December 22, 1976.
The Diversion Pool is a tailwater fishery, just like Lake Natoma. Trout in both waters grow big and fat while feeding on Japanese pond smelt.
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