World Record Rainbow Caught on Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho

Wes Hamlet is a name that has stuck in the record books for more than a half century. In 1947, Wes hauled in a world-record 37-pound Gerrard (often referred to as a Kamloops) rainbow trout out of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint Idaho. Some say it’s still the world-record fish because two subsequent world-record rainbow caught in 2007 and 2009 in Saskatchewan, Canada, are “genetic cheats,” genetically modified hatchery fish called triploids – not wild, spawning trout. The International Game Fish Association, however, does not recognize the distinction. We still believe Wes Hamlet holds the ultimate “Braggin Rights” on Lake Pend Oreille.

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