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State Record Lake Trout Caught in Northern New Hampshire
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Andy Schafermeyer (603) 788-3164
February 27, 2020


Concord, NH – On Tuesday, February 25, Thomas Knight of Meredith, New Hampshire, caught an enormous lake trout while ice fishing on Big Diamond Pond in West Stewartstown, NH. The fish was certified as a new state record, eclipsing the one established in 1958.

After a lengthy battle, Knight was able to bring the fish onto the ice and marvel at its size. An experienced lake trout angler, Knight knew that the prevailing record was 28 pounds and his fish seemed to be much bigger.

After a few phone calls to some close fishing buddies, Knight made his next call to Andy Schafermeyer, a Fisheries Biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. In order to certify a fish’s size as a state record, it must be inspected and verified by a biologist.

The two met and began the process of measuring the characteristics that would certify this fish as the largest lake trout ever caught in New Hampshire.


“I’m not sure who was more excited,” said Schafermeyer. “I knew the fish stood a very good chance of breaking the record.” The two men placed the laker on a certified scale that measured a maximum weight of 30 pounds and the fish’s weight exceeded that.

“At that point, I knew that Knight had caught a new state record, but I didn’t know by how much,” continued Schafermeyer. The quest for a larger, certified scale was on as the two men drove around sharing the excitement of the situation. Finally, at a package distribution center, a scale with the proper state certification was located that had the capacity to measure a large weight.

When the display finally settled on 37.65 pounds, the two men, who had only met hours earlier, shared a heartfelt handshake and pat on the back. As phone calls and text messages poured in, Schafermeyer finalized the remaining inspection and paperwork.

“Most state records, when bested, are done so by only a few ounces. Knight’s fish shattered the old record by over 9 pounds. This fish is now the largest lake trout caught in all of New England. I’m glad he got it, this couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy,” said Schafermeyer. The fish measured over 40 inches in length with a 27-inch girth. Schafermeyer estimated the fish to be between 50 and 60 years old.

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2 hours ago, z-man said:

I wonder what size hole these guys were fishing. That’s not fitting through the 6” holes I drill. 
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I knew a guy in northeastern Maine that had to drill another hole. Next to the one that had a laker over 20lbs under it. That had to be unnerving!!

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MASSIVE LAKE TROUT......but anyone else think that thing looks like it's been dead for a week...

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1 hour ago, scoobydoo said:

MASSIVE LAKE TROUT......but anyone else think that thing looks like it's been dead for a week...

Lake trout have very strong stomach acids. If they are not gutted soon after they are caught, they appear rotten looking very fast even if kept on ice.

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3 hours ago, Haycreekrambler said:

I knew a guy in northeastern Maine that had to drill another hole. Next to the one that had a laker over 20lbs under it. That had to be unnerving!!

Where abouts was that? I live up here...

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6 hours ago, 7 Rivers said:

Uh, used to fish there all the time, I am from up that way, live in southern maine now.....

My grandfather had a camp on the lake. I fished that area alot when I was younger. Theres nice lake trout in w grand lake. I think the biggest my family caught was around 16lbs. Love that area, wanna start going back there.

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6 hours ago, 7 Rivers said:

There was a almost 6lb brookie caught at moosehead recently, beautiful trout, in the bangor daily news..

I saw that the article about how they finally proved that large brookies spawn on the lake shore. Instead of going up in the streams. Pretty cool read

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