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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:27 pm 
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Post any and all comments about Roger Hellen's fish here.

Congrats Roger and a fish of a lifetime!

a few links already:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/98619539.html


http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-100716 ... 6610.story

http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/ ... 03286.html

Check out the links or check out the Salmon-A-Rama website for further details.

http://salmon-a-rama.com

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:00 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:48 am 
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Rogers field and stream article

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:40 pm 
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Wisconsin DNR makes it official:

http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/record/

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Lake Michigan Brown Trout Reels in New State Record; 41 pound 8 ounce monster a sign of the great fishery

News Release Published: July 29, 2010 by the Central Office

Contact(s): Brad Eggold (414) 382-7921
Cheryl Peterson (414) 382-7923

MADISON – It’s official: the 41 pound, 8 ounce brown trout Roger Hellen of Franksville caught in Lake Michigan on July 16 is now a Wisconsin state record fish.

The Department of Natural Resources received Hellen’s application earlier this week and has confirmed the new state record, which smashes the old record by nearly 5 pounds. The previous record was 36 pounds 8.9 ounces and 40.5 inches for a fish caught August 23, 2004, in Lake Michigan in Kewaunee County.

Hellen’s is the ninth state record set this year, and the first for a fish caught by hook and line. The other records have been for fish taken using alternate methods, including a spearing record for lake sturgeon and six bowfishing records. One of those bowfishing records, for smallmouth buffalo, was established for the first time in March and has changed hands twice since, once in April and again on July 1.

Hellen caught the fish in Lake Michigan north of Racine while competing in a fishing tournament. The fish measured 40.6 inches long and weighed 41 pounds 8 ounces on a certified scale at a local meat market, according to Cheryl Peterson, the state fisheries technician who weighed, measured and processed the fish at the tournament.

With that certified weight, Hellen’s fish would appear to squeak by the 41 pound 7 ounces world record brown trout caught last year in the Big Manistee River in Michigan.

“It was very exciting – it was certainly the biggest trout or salmon I’ve ever seen,” says Peterson, a fish technician on Lake Michigan since 1997. “We knew as soon as it was on the scale it was going to be a new state record.”

Chomping on round gobies

The brown trout fishery in Wisconsin’s Great Lakes waters, like the salmon fishery, is supported by stocking originally done to help control populations of alewife, an invasive fish species, but now done as well to support what’s become a popular fishery.

Now, the browns appear to be chomping on a newer invasive fish species – round gobies -- helping fueling good survival and fishing, says Brad Eggold, DNR fisheries supervisor for southern Lake Michigan.

“One of the things we’re finding is the trout species are less discriminating when it comes to food, compared to Chinook,” he says.

“We know from stomach samples they really go after round gobies and we know there are a lot of gobies. That could be why we are seeing really good survival of the fish and good condition.”

Alewives are key forage items for Chinook, and populations of the invasive species are at near-historic lows since they became ubiquitous in the lake in the 1950s.

“We’ve really seen an uptick in brown trout fishing probably in the last 10 years, primarily in bigger harbors like Milwaukee and Racine and Sheboygan,” he says. Winter fishing in the mouths of harbors has been particularly popular, he says.

Lake Michigan fishing has been going strong this summer. “The numbers and variety of fish anglers have been catching, particularly in the last four weeks or so, has been excellent,” Eggold says. “We’ve settled into a pretty good summer pattern. The warm weather and winds have pushed the warmer surface water out into the lake, bringing cooler water temperatures closer to shore and making it easier to catch salmon and trout.”

The temperatures have really concentrated the fish in narrow bands, making them more accessible for anglers, especially those fishing from shore.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:21 pm 
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http://www.journaltimes.com/news/state- ... 4d1d4.html

A Franksville man has earned bragging rights after catching what the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame says is the heaviest brown trout on record anywhere.

Roger Hellen and his fishing partner Joe Miller netted the 41-pound, 8-ouncer on July 16 at the annual Salmon-A-Rama fishing contest on Lake Michigan in Racine.

Hellen is still hoping for further certification from the International Game Fish Association in Florida. He edged out the previous record set last Sept. 9 by Tom Healy, who caught a 41-pound, 7-ouncer in the Manistee River in Michigan.

Hellen says he was just in the right place at the right time.

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