by Klondike Kid
1998 Trophy Hunting Anglers Make The Book
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.
PACIFIC HALIBUT 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 LINGCOD 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 ROCKFISH 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 SOCKEYE SALMON 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 COHO SALMON 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 CHUM SALMON 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 PINK SALMON 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 RAINBOW TROUT-STEELHEAD 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 Date: DOLLY VARDEN-ARCTIC CHAR 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 LAKE TROUT 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 NORTHERN PIKE 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 BURBOT 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 ARCTIC GRAYLING 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 1997The following is a list of the largest fish recorded by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game taken in Alaskan waters in 1997:
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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