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South Dakota Lake Trout Record Falls

By February 24, 2013

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We're not even a full two months into the new year and a state record has already been broken in South Dakota.

On Jan. 23, Aaron Jones of Rapid City set a new state record - which was recently confirmed - with his 30-pound lake trout caught at Pactola Reservoir.

His trout was 41 inches long with a 24.5-inch girth, and looked more like a California lingcod than a freshwater trout.

While the fish wasn't caught on a fly, it shows just how big the trout can be for fly fishers and spinning-reel anglers alike in South Dakota this year.

For a full list of South Dakota records, visit at that state's fish records list.

South Dakota Record Lake Trout

Photo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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