For any truth found in the adage “rules were made to be broken,” one could argue the same applies to “records were made to be broken.”
There are certain state records – Joe Lykins’ 55.13 pound Ohio state record muskie, caught in 1972, for instance – that seem practically untouchable. Perhaps the kingpin of “untouchable” state records is George Perry’s 1932 Georgia largemouth. The 22 pound, 4 ounce lunker shares a world record distinction with Manabu Kurita’s 2009 monster caught on Kyoto, Japan’s Lake Biwa.
For folks following Colorado fishing, however, the state’s oldest record was recently broken, ending a three-quarter century run for George Knorr’s Upper Cataract Lake brook trout.
A Temporary Transfer, or The Dawning of a New Reign?
Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced this week that Tim Daniel of Granby, Colorado, officially etched his name in the record books, displacing the 75-year-old brook trout record Knorr caught several generations ago.
At 7.84 pounds, Daniel’s brook slightly edged out Knorr’s 7.63 pounder caught during the Truman Administration.
Daniel’s catch, which also measured 23 1/4 inches in length with a girth of 15 3/8 inches, was landed on Monarch Lake in Grand County on May 23.
When a legacy record like Knorr’s is broken, many assume two things: A) trends suggested a change was coming over the past couple years and B) that the newer record may only hold the mantle briefly.
Daniel told Colorado Parks and Wildlife that “thanks to the hard work and dedication of CPW aquatic biologists, Northwest Colorado has some of the best fisheries in the state.” If another Colorado state record brook trout is set to emerge, it will be interesting to see which fishery is holding the heir apparent.