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Week of August 18, 1997 --->
 
51 Year Record Broken

Lake trout weighted 61 lbs 8 ounces, shattering the old record by more then 8 lbs

A fifty-one year old , Michigan, Lake Superior Lake Trout record was broken on Sunday August 17, by 16-year-old Lucas Lanczy of L'ance, Michigan.

Lucas was fishing with Charter Captain Duncan Price , Fisher Price Charter Service of Chassell, Michigan, when he caught the 61 lb-8 oz. monster, shattering the 1946 record held by Angler Ned Watson.

Lucas was on an eight hour fishing outing with his family. They had already boated over 20 fish with three other Lake Trout over 30 lbs. "We were just getting ready to pull lines when the fish hit," said Captain Price.

"It's a good thing Lucas works out regularly. He can press 300 lbs." Captain Price added. "The laker was in excellent shape and Lucas did everything right during the 25 minute battle."

The fish was caught while jigging with 12 lb test and spinning gear. With a girth of 36" (six inches bigger then Lucas's waist), measuring 48" long , and 61 lbs 8 oz the catch may be a new world record for 12lb line class.

Michigan DNR took scale samples to determine the exact age.

Lake Trout record broken on Lake Superior

16 year old Lucas Lanczy of L'Ance Michigan with his prize catch.


Captain Price was fishing Stannard Rock area of Lake Superior,located 40 nautical miles north of Marquette and 26 miles southeast of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Stannard Rock is one of Lake Superior's most remote fishing reefs. This natural fishing reef is an underwater mountain range of approximately 1x5 miles of pinnacles that almost reach to the surface from depths of nearly 600 feet.

The reef is loaded with native Mackinaw Lake Trout that often exceed 30 pounds.

"This is a very dangerous fishing area, said Price, "sometimes we venture 6-8 foot waves to get out, I would not recommend anyone navigate to this area without a professional guide."

Captain Price can be reached at 902-523-0044



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Brown trout found Dead

Although Minnesota state officials still don't know what killed an estimated 7,800 brown trout in a popular Minnesota stream in late July, they've found no evidence that bacteria, parasites or viruses were the cause.

Also, laboratory tests have revealed damage to the gills and internal organs of several fish taken from Hay Creek, near Red Wing, Minn., shortly after the trout died there.

That strongly suggests that the trout were victims of some type of temporary but lethal stress in their natural environment, said Joe Marcino, a fish and wildlife pathologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

"It could have been any of a variety of environmental stresses," he said. "It could have been oxygen depletion, for example, or maybe warm water temperatures. But the exact cause is still unknown."

Marcino based his assumptions on tests done on several trout and white suckers that apparently were among the relatively few fish that survived in the affected, 2-mile stretch of Hay Creek.

An estimated 99 percent of the adult and yearling trout in that stretch died, although it's possible that some fish safely migrated out of the area, said Tim Schlagenhaft, a DNR fisheries biologist.

Brown trout

The trout apparently died between July 26 and 31. Dead fish were discovered in the creek on the latter date by a Minneapolis angler, Mike Hodgens. He immediately notified the DNR, but the dead trout were badly decomposed by the time agency officials visited the site. They then opted to take several living trout and suckers from the creek and subject them to laboratory tests.

Marcino said the tests revealed an increase in the number of cells in the fishes' gills, which, in turn, apparently hindered their breathing. Also, their kidneys and livers had deteriorated.

"These fish were survivors," Marcino said. "They may have been able to escape by finding a spring hole or some way out of the path of the flow" of whatever killed the others.

He said there will be more tests on the living fish and on water samples from the stream. Mark Briggs, a DNR chemist, said laboratory tests of sediment taken from the bottom of Hay Creek failed to show any possible cause of death.

The affected segment of the creek has been the focus of a $160,000 DNR project to restore degraded fish habitat, and before the kill it supported one of the densest concentrations of stream trout in Minnesota.

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