RACINE, Wis. (CBS) – Getting up before dawn for a fishing expedition on Lake Michigan may not be the popular pastime it once was in Chicago.
But a Wisconsin man proved the fish are still biting – and setting size records – just a few counties to our north.
Roger Hellen, of Franskville, Wis., has just earned a world record for his 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout, which he caught in July on Lake Michigan in Racine County, Wis.
The International Game Fish Association this week certified the trout as a tie for a world record, according to the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel. It is tied with a 41-pound, 7-ounce brown trout that was caught last year in the Manistee River in Michigan, the newspaper reported.
Hellen caught the brown trout while trolling in Lake Michigan off Wind Point in Racine County, Wis., on July 16, the Journal-Sentinel reported. After getting the fish weighed on a certified scale at Brossman’s Meat Market in Racine, Hellen and his fishing partner, Joe Miller, brought it to the Salmon-a-Rama and won a $10,000 prize, according to the Racine Post.
Hellen says a taxidermist is mounting the fish, which is a big job in itself. The fish won’t be ready until March, at a cost of $800.