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15-Year-Old Catches Record Breaking Rainbow Trout (TN)

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15-Year-Old Catches Record Breaking Rainbow Trout (TN)

Courtesy of TWRA

Courtesy of TWRA

Polk County, TN (WRCB)- A teen from Polk County has broken a 14 year Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency record by catching the largest rainbow trout in the state of Tennessee on Friday.

The fish John Morgan, 15, of Benton, weighed in at at 18 pounds and 8 ounces. The fish measured a whopping 32 inches long and 22 and a quarter inches in girth. The previous record, a 16 pound 15 ounce fish was set in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir.

Courtesy of TWRA

Courtesy of TWRA


Morgan caught the new state record fish in a farm pond owned by his grandfather’s friend. He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring a fishing pole along. Morgan didn’t know that this favor would lead to a new state record. After 45 minutes, Morgan had fished a little, caught the turtle and decided to fish for another ten minutes before leaving. He cast again and after a twenty minute struggle, he had the new state record fish on shore.

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