Tuesday, June 29, 2010
kokanee - world record set by Ron Campbell
Wallowa Lake, Ore., USA -- Ron Campbell, 61,
of Pendleton, Ore., a private fire investigator and avid
angler, landed a 27 inches long kokanee, tipping the scales
at 9.67 pounds, at Wallowa Lake - setting the new world record
for the Largest
Photo: Ron Campbell snagged this World's
kokanee from a boat on Wallowa Lake.. Photo
Courtesy of Ron Campbell (enlarge
The previous World Record for the largest
kokanee is a 22-year-old record -- a 9 pound, 6 ounce kokanee
caught in Canada's Okanagan Lake.
Largest kokanee is a sockeye salmon that spends its
entire life cycle in fresh water rather than migrating to
Campbell's fish might actually have been
heavier than its 9.67-pound official weight, because Campbell
waited until nearby markets opened to weigh the fish on a
certified scale, as required to claim a record. Fish typically
lose weight sitting in the fish box.
While the attention of landing a world
record has been far greater, Campbell is no stranger to big
fish. In 1985, he landed a state-record largemouth bass at
McKay Reservoir near Pendleton. That record has since been
topped several times.
At 4,300 feet elevation, Wallowa
Lake is 320 miles east of Portland in a hauntingly beautiful
setting of granite alpine peaks, timbered foothills and 950-feet
glacial moraines. It's 4 1/2 miles long with 8 1/2 miles of
In most lakes, a typical kokanee weighs
closer to one pound. Wallowa Lake's kokanee are exceptionally
large due to the presence of a non-native freshwater shrimp,
Mysis relicta, released into the lake in the 1960s.
Although kokanee typically are plankton
feeders (especially zooplankton, or tiny aquatic animals),
some have adapted to feeding on the large shrimp.
This year's kokanee may be especially
big because there is a smaller class of fish overall, leaving
more forage for the remaining fish.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010