Montana Man Shatters Record with Staggering Near-3-Foot Walleye: PHOTO

by Jon D. B.

Armed with a jig and fierce determination, this Montana man has shattered his state’s walleye record with a 3-foot-long behemoth.

In the months since August 2020, Montana anglers have broken six state records. Now, local Helena fisherman Trevor Johnson is adding a 7th to the list.

Johnson managed to bring in a whopper of a walleye on May 10 armed with a jig. Not just any whopper, either, but a record-shattering, nearly 3-foot-long monster from the depths of Holter Lake outside Helena.

The angler’s walleye weighs in at 18.02 pounds on a certified scale, details Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 4 on Thursday. And at 32.25 inches in length – with an incredible 22 inch girth – Johnson’s walleye is absolutely worthy of the record books.

According to Montana FWP’s official Facebook, the previous state walleye record was set in 2007. Johnson beat out this previous record-holder by under a pound. His 18.02 walleye skirts over the 17.75 big’un from over a decade ago, placing a new high for the species in Montana. The previous record-holder was caught in the Tiber Reservoir.

In their post celebrating Johnson’s walleye whopper, Region 4 cites “other recent state record fish” as:

  • Chinook salmon record broken in August 2020
  • Smallmouth bass record broken in October 2020
  • Yellow bullhead record broken in December 2020
  • Brown trout record broken in February 2021
  • Longnose sucker record broken in March 2021
  • Largemouth bass record broken in April 2021
  • And now Trevor Johnson’s walleye record broken in May 2021

What a lineup, Montana!

Looking to Break an Angling Record in Montana? Here’s What You Need to Know

Speaking to this remarkable string of record breakers, Region 4 cites that “With a total of 91 native and introduced fish species found in Montana, interest in fish records has increased in recent years. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks maintains the list of record fish, and it is available on FWP’s website,” they add below Johnson’s record walleye, which you can see above.

If you’re looking to break a Montana state (fish) record for yourself, you’re in luck. FWP also includes these tips & tricks on how fellow MT anglers can correctly approach state records:

“Anglers who think they caught a state record fish should keep the following things in mind:

· To prevent loss of weight, do not clean or freeze the fish. Keep the fish cool — preferably on ice.
· Take a picture of the fish.”

Most importantly, however, FWP notes that “The fish must be weighed on a certified scale (found in grocery stores or hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by a store employee or other observer.”

So don’t forget! Also be sure to “obtain a weight receipt and an affidavit from the store personnel if no FWP official is present. Measure the length and girth. · Contact the nearest FWP office to have the fish positively identified by a fisheries biologist.”

Keep on anglin‘, Montana!