Fri09192014

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 04:00

Nantahala Lake gives up record-breaking fish

Written by 

Nantahala Lake spawned two state fishing records within a week during the month of June.

Until now, the state record for a kokanee salmon was 3 pounds, 9 ounces, set in 2009 by Swannanoa resident Ashley Swann, but Fred Mix of Rainbow Springs broke that. He landed a 3-pound, 15-ounce fish with a homemade spinner, putting his own name in the record books. 

But five days later, Mills River resident Jeffery Todd Smith broke Mix’s record, reeling in a 4-pound, 1-ounce kokanee salmon. Smith said he’s been trolling the lake, which houses the only kokanee salmon in the state, for two years, hoping to break a record. On June 11, which was both his birthday and his day off work, Smith finally reached his goal after nearly nine hours of trolling. 

To earn an N.C. Freshwater Fish State Record, anglers must catch fish with a rod and reel or cane pole, have the fish weighed on a scale certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture with one witness, have the fish certified by a fisheries biologist from the Commission and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish. 

A list of North Carolina freshwater fish state records is available at www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/FishingRecords/ApplyforaNorthCarolinaStateFreshwaterFishin.aspx

blog comments powered by Disqus
Read 304 times

Media

blog comments powered by Disqus

This Must Be the Place

  • This must be the place

    art theplaceI did it again. It’s 9 a.m. last Saturday at the starting line of the Cashiers Trail Mix five-mile backwoods race. I knew I should have gotten more sleep the night before, should have at least had something to eat that morning. Shouldn’t have overindulged in the libations of Friday night, nor said the things I now regretted to my girlfriend.

    Written on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:59 Read more...