Back in 2000, Tom Harbison caught a lake trout that was 20.40 pounds and 34 inches long. Since that day, it's stood as the lake trout record for the state. However, the books now have a new name etched at the top. James J. Beres of Lorain, Ohio, has shattered the previous, long-standing record. Taken from Lake Erie, Beres' fish weighed in at 26.63 pounds, easily claiming the title.
At 38 inches with a 25.5-inch girth, this would be considered a monster lake trout just about anywhere. For Ohio, though, it may be a long time before anyone claims another lake trout record, considering the last record held up for 18 years.
Many fishermen claimed new state-record fish in 2017. However, it looks like the year just might end out on this laker.