Record trout caught at Topaz Lake |

Record trout caught at Topaz Lake

Staff Reports

A record 14-pound, 9.5-ounce trout measuring 33 inches long was caught and weighed in at the Topaz Lodge General Store on Friday.

Genoa resident Pat Prudhel said that he felt the first tug on the line at around 11:35 a.m.

“I grabbed the rod, started reeling and could tell I had a big fish,” Prudhel said in an email. “It immediately got the reel tangled up with my other pole’s line.”

Prudhel said he loosened the drag, untangled the lines and tightened the drag again so he could start reeling in the fish.

He said it took about 15 minutes to get it to the boat, and then another five for fellow angler Bob Wellise to net it.

“And the rest is history,” he said. “Bob and I are stoked in amazement.”

He landed the fish using a 6-pound test P line with a single hook lure.

Topaz Lodge General Manager Rich Jorges confirmed the new record and the proper paperwork has been prepared and sent to the Nevada Department of Wildlife to acknowledge this record breaking trout. He said the weight exceeds the previous record by more than a pound.

Hundreds of anglers turned out on New Year’s Day morning for the opening day of fishing at Topaz Lake.

Jorges said there were 60 boats on the lake by 11 a.m.

The Lodge was getting reports that most anglers were catching their limits and that a 9 pound 6 ounce trout was weighed in on the first day of 2020.