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  • Idaho Outdoor News

    Oakley Reservoir Walleye Breaks State Record
    Location: Idaho

    Mike Chupa and his net-man John Harrison, of Twin Falls, were somewhere between walking on water and having a heart attack as the record-breaking walleye landed on the floor of their boat at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, October 10, on Oakley Reservoir.

    At midnight Idaho Fish and Game Fish Manager Doug Megargle was awakened by the excited Chupa, who was driving to Rogerson Service, the Idaho Walleye Hall of Fame, to weigh the fish on a certified scale.

    Rob Noh weighed the fish at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11. It was 17 pounds, 12 ounces, and 33 inches long, taking the state record title away from Mark Abel of the Wood River Valley.

    Abel took the previous state record walleye of 17 pounds 6 ounces on October 1, 2006, at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir.

    "It was pretty exciting," Chupa said. "I had a hunch there was a big one in there, but I never expected anything like this."

    Besides catching the state record, Chupa also landed several other fish earlier in the evening weighing 13.7 pounds, 13.4 pounds and one 10 pounder.

    "We really didnít think anything about it when he hooked this one," said Harrison. "Oh, looks like you caught another big one? But when this one took off, we knew he had a really good one."

    Chupa battled the fish for nearly 15 minutes before it was landed. He was using a crank bait, 10 pound FireLine with 10 pound Stren Fluorocarbon leader.

    News Source: Idaho F&G - Oct. 17, 2009

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