Jason Waidelich, of Nampa, Idaho, was fishing the Boise River with his ultralite spinning outfit spooled with monofilament testing four pounds when he hooked a behemoth rainbow trout.
After a lengthy battle Jason wrestled the trout to shore. The trout measured 34-inches long and had a 23.5-inch girth. When weighed on a USDA certified scale the lunker rainbow weighed 19 pounds four ounces.
While Jason’s catch is amazing, the Boise River has infrequently given up trout that were true lunkers. Years ago, the Boise gave up a brown trout of about 20 pounds and a few years ago the nearby Clearwater River gave up a 20# rainbow below Dworshak Dam. The extremely chunky 30-inch fish had obviously been feasting on fish chopped up by the dam’s turbines.