16 lb 1 oz Walleye

Columbia River Monster

It isn't often that you run across Walleyes that exceed 10 lbs which for most is a lifetime achievement in itself. But when you catch one that breaks the 15 lb mark, well in most parts of the country that's just unheard of but not here in the Columbia river where most experts believe the next world record fish lives. Breaking that barrier is exactly what my 18 year old son was able to do over the weekend. Pictured is my son with a Columbia River Monster. The fish measured 31.75" in length and had a 19.5" girth. It was caught in 21' of water in the Celilo pool near Rufus on July 4th (how appropriate) at about 11:45 pm. It was one of eight fish we took that morning but certainly is the one that made the day, trip and year! This fish was measured, photographed and successfully released so that it can grow to perhaps become that fish that becomes reknowned world wide. We come from a family of avaid Walleye fishermen (and women) with our roots in the midwest. My father (his grandfather) was a well known Walleye guide on Lake Oahe in South Dakota, writer and PWT/MWC proffessional Walleye fishermen. I've been fishing Walleyes since I was old enough to hold a pole and this exceeds all expectations! What a truly great fishery we have here in the PNW. Let the salmon guys fish salmon but for me..... it will always be Walleyes!

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Wes Winget says ... on Tuesday, Jul 7 at 1:03 PM

Nice,however,we use those for bait down here in Texas!

Brian Comstock says ... on Tuesday, Jul 7 at 12:07 PM

Well, wouldn't you know it..... I forgot my sons name for the article which is Anthony Comstock and missed Fish Tales for the first time ever as we had to take my fishing buddy (mother) to the airport to return home.

k2 weather says ... on Monday, Jul 6 at 9:53 AM

wow.. wonderful fish..I'll put it on the air tomorrow morning around 6:20 am.. I wish I had your son's name!

ag3campbell says ... on Monday, Jul 6 at 6:58 AM

That is indeed a beuaty. I grew up in Minnesota fishing Walleyes. Thanks for letting her go.

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