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1998 Trophy Hunting Anglers Make The Book

Setting an IGFA world record, state record, or even an "annual largest of a species" record is the dream of many an angler who wets a line in Alaska's productive waters. Whether you are shooting for that next 300 pound halibut or a 3 pound arctic grayling, Alaska presents many anglers a chance for a little fame, prestige, and self-satisfaction. This "day in the sun" is possible through the Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Sport Fish Trophy Certificate of Record Program which presents hundreds of certificates to anglers each year who make a qualifying catch in any of 19 different species categories.

The Trophy Sport Fish Certificate program has been going on since 1970 and continues to gain in popularity each year. Unlike the IGFA standards which maintain records for specific line or tippet weights, ADFG only requires catching a fish which meets or exceeds the minimum weight for a species irregardless of the tackle used providing it is legal gear.

Those anglers who, at the end of the year, have caught the largest recorded fish in their species will be presented with a second certificate attesting to this achievement. Both certificates are quite nice and suitable for framing. Some of these species categories receive a lot of competition while others have relatively few entries. Much of it has to do with the amount of fishing pressure a species receives as well as whether there are certified scales and official personnel available to weigh, witness, and certify the entry.

Last year had a lot of participation in the program. There were 196 catches submitted which qualified for a Trophy Fish Certificate.

Here are the 1998 "winners" who ended up with the largest recorded fish in their category. If you're doing some research on where the largest fish in Alaska are taken, this is a good starting point. In the near future, the Alaska Outdoor Journal will have another article which will go into greater detail identifying those waters which are consistantly producing Trophy Certificate sized fish. If your fishing intent is to produce a wall hanger, this information will be just the ticket for planning your next trophy hunt.

An abbreviated list for largest 1997 Trophy Fish is included at the end of this article.

Largest Sport Fish Trophies Recorded for 1998

Minimum Wt.: 250 lbs.
Qualifiers: 14
Largest: 351 lbs.
Angler: Steve Elenberger, Ketchikan, AK
Location Caught: Grindall Island, Ketchikan area SE
Date: 7/18/98

Minimum Wt.: 45 lbs.
Qualifiers: 64
Largest: 66 lbs. 8 oz.
Angler: Nathan L. Pate, Memphis, TN.
Location Caught: Seal Rocks, Prince William Sound
Date: 9/14/98

Minimum Wt.: 18 lbs.
Qualifiers: 19
Largest: 26 lbs. 6 oz.
Angler: Ken Reichert, Sterling, AK
Location Caught: Lower Cook Inlet
Date: 6/30/98

KING SALMON - Kenai River
Minimum Wt.: 75 lbs.
Qualifiers: 2
Largest: 76 lbs. 4 oz.
Angler: Frederick F. Nolan, Jr., Elmendorf AFB, AK
Location Caught: Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula
Date: 7/16/98

KING SALMON - elsewhere
Minimum Wt.: 50 lbs.
Qualifiers: 16
Largest: 69 lbs. 0 oz.
Angler: Lydia Harrison, Warrenton, OR
Location Caught: Cook Inlet, Deep Creek Marine
Date: 7/14/98

Minimum Wt.: 12 lbs.
Qualifiers: 1
Largest: 13 lbs. 8 oz.
Angler: Shaun P. Henry, San Diego, CA
Location Caught: Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula
Date: 7/24/98

Minimum Wt.: 20 lbs.
Qualifiers: 5
Largest: 21 lbs. 4 oz.
Angler: Phil Williams, North Hollywood, CA
Location Caught: Kasilof River, Kenai Peninsula
Date: 8/19/98

Minimum Wt.: 15 bs.
Qualifiers: 5
Largest: 22 lbs. 8 oz.
Angler: Richard Bokamper, San Clemente, CA
Location Caught: Yes Bay, Ketchikan area SE
Date: 6/18/98

Minimum Wt.: 8 lbs.
Qualifiers: 6
Largest: 12 lbs. 0 oz.
Angler: Andrew Forrest, Kodiak, AK
Location Caught: American River, Kodiak
Date: 8/12/98

Minimum Wt.: 15 lbs.
Qualifiers: 1
Largest: 15 lbs. 0 oz.
Angler: P.E. Magnum, Federal Way, WA
Location Caught: Naknek River, Bristol Bay area

Minimum Wt.: 10 lbs.
Qualifiers: 41
Largest: 19 lbs. 4 oz.
Angler: Gary Ordway, Des Moines, IA
Location Caught: Seward Peninsula, NW Alaska
Date: 9/4/98

Minimum Wt.: 20 lbs.
Qualifiers: 5
Largest: 27 lbs. 12 oz.
Angler: Rock Dale, Fairbanks, AK
Location Caught: Harding Lake, Delta Junction area
Date: 5/23/98

Minimum Wt.: 15 lbs.
Qualifiers: 6
Largest: 22 lbs. 1 oz.
Angler: Bill Morgan, Fairbanks, AK
Location Caught: Volkmar Lake, Delta Junction area
Date: 2/14/98

Minimum Wt.: 8 lbs.
Qualifiers: 8
Largest: 19 lbs. 4 oz.
Angler: Tom Lessard, Chugiak, AK
Location Caught: Big Lake, Matsu Valley
Date: 1/30/98

Minimum Wt.: 3 lbs.
Qualifiers: 8
Largest: 3 lbs. 4 oz.
Angler: Roger W. Pryor, Lamesa, CA
Location Caught: Wulik River, Kotzebue area
Date: 8/10/98

The following species had no entries submitted for 1998.

Brook Trout - 3 lbs.
Cutthroat Trout - 3 lbs.
Sheefish - 30 lbs.
Whitefish - 4 lbs.

Abbreviated Largest Trophy Fish Recorded for 1997

The following is a list of the largest fish recorded by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game taken in Alaskan waters in 1997:
Species Weight Length LocationDate Name of Angler
Coho Salmon 22lbs 5ozs 35" Juneau 9/7/97 Bob Ramonda
Sockeye Salmon 12lbs 6ozs 29" Kenai River 7/24/97 Bo Thompson
Pink Salmon 10lbs 10ozs 30.5" Allison Point 7/28/97 Antony Oliviero
King Salmon 75lbs 8ozs 57" Kenai River 7/16/97 Zac T. Loyd
Chum Salmon 24lbs 37" Pup Island 6/19/97 Patrick Cillo
Arctic Grayling 3lbs 8ozs 19" Kanektok River 7/3/97 Gary Ordway
Dolly Varden 15lbs 9ozs 36" Kivalina 7/1/97 Paulette Kansagrad
Sheefish 30lbs 7ozs 48.5" Kobuk 7/21/97 D. Paul Spencer
Rockfish 28lbs 2ozs 35" Waterfall Resort 7/13/97 Matt Christensen
Burbot 16lbs 12ozs 39"Tannana River 11/22/97 Larry Bazilwich
Northern Pike 25lbs 9ozs 47.2" Hewitt Lake 8/5/97 Waino B. Salo Jr.
Lake Trout 31lbs 13ozs 38.7" Harding Lake 9/23/97 Thomas J. Robinson
Lingocd 70lbs 54.7" Montigue 9/4/97 Gary Wilson
Steelhead 15lbs 1oz 38.4" Naha River 4/26/97 Tommy Lee Jones
Pacific Halibut 419lbs 12ozs 97.2" Cook Inlet 6/29/97 Mike Pearson

No new all-time records were set in 1997. Information on minimum weights and state records can be found in the regulations summary booklets. For more information please call ADFG at (907) 465-6187.

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