Lake Coeur d’Alene has some large fish and this big Idaho chinook is no exception.
Larry Masuda recently set hooks into a fish so big that few have seen one of its size in over 20 years. This giant Idaho chinook from Lake Coeur d’Alene, weighed in at 32.64-pounds and measured 38 inches in length with a 27-inch girth. As you can guess, this is a big fish just about anywhere that chinook salmon swim.
Granted, this is a big fish but it’s still a far cry from the current Idaho chinook state record that stands at 42 pounds with a certified length of over 41 inches. Coincidently, that record breaking fish came out of the same body of water.
“We’ve been thinking all these years it’s not going to happen again, but now, we’re thinking maybe it could, maybe even during the derby,” said Roger Blackstone, chairman of the Lake Coeur d’Alene Anglers Association in regards to breaking a new state record at the lake’s annual chinook salmon fishing tournament. “Now that there are a lot of kokanee in the lake, we’re seeing the bigger fish. That’s their feed source. There are probably more kokanee in the lake than there have been in 30 years.”
As most people who understand the food chain know, the more food there is, the bigger the apex predators are going to get.
Perhaps maybe it is just a matter of time before a new state record is broken.