DAGGETT COUNTY, Utah — A Colorado man caught a record-breaking trout last month in Utah, and the large fish is still swimming in the water where it was found.
Matt Smiley, of Fairplay, Colo., caught a 48-inch lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir last month.
He later released the trout, setting the catch-and-release state record for lake trout, according to a Facebook post from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Smiley is now the fourth catch-and-release record-holder in Utah to have caught his fish at Flaming Gorge.
The last record was set at Flaming Gorge by Ray Johnson in 2004, when he caught a more than 26-inch salmon.