Peckham reels in biggest Snake River cutthraot | SummitDaily.com

Peckham reels in biggest Snake River cutthraot

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Blue River’s Rob Peckham now holds the record for the biggest Snake River cutthroat trout ever caught in Colorado state history. Peckham’s prize fish, harvested back on Aug. 28 from the Blue River, was 33 inches long and weighed 17 pounds, 2.6 ounces. Peckham caught the fish while floating the Blue below Green Mountain Dam. Normally a fly fisherman, Peckham said he switched to spinning gear because he didn’t think he’d be able to bring in a giant trout on a fly rod. “I knew there were big fish in there,” Peckham said. “But I was surprised when I caught one.” According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW), aquatic biologist Bill Atkinson confirmed the size of the fish. Because the fish is not native to Colorado, the DOW has established Peckham’s catch as the record for the Snake River cutthroat category, a DOW press release said.