The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has certified Dan Germain from Forestport, Oneida County, is the new holder of the state record for brook trout. Mr. Germain reeled in the record-breaking fish on June 15 while fishing at South Lake in Herkimer County in the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park. The new record brook trout, caught on a Lake Clear Wabbler and worm, measured 22 inches and weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces, surpassing the previous state record set in 2009 by 3.5 ounces.
Mr. Germain submitted details of his winning fish as part of DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards Program. Through this program, anglers enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. The three categories that make up the program are: Catch & Release, Annual Award and State Record.
Information about the Angler Achievement Awards Program, including past winners and a downloadable application form, can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7727.html. Program details and an official entry form can also be found in DEC’s current Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.
For additional information on the Angler Achievement Awards Program contact (518) 402-8891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.