9 Pounds, 10.7 Ounces

Called ODFW to figure out which weight the agency is going with on that potential world-record kokanee caught over on Wallowa Lake on Sunday morning, and according to two sources, it will go into the books at 9 pounds, 10.7 ounces, or 9.67 pounds.

OFFICIALLY, 9 POUNDS, 10.7 OUNCES. (RON CAMPBELL)

The whopper, caught by Ron Campbell of Pendleton, was put onto state-certified scales at two different local grocery stores which produced weights of 9 pounds, 7.8 ounces and 9 pounds, 10.7 ounces.

According to fisheries biologist Bill Knox in Enterprise, Campbell told him the lighter result came from a scale where the fish overlapped the edges, while a tray was used to contain the whole fish on the other device, then the tray’s weight was subtracted.

Jessica Sall, an ODFW spokeswoman in Salem says that since the International Game Fish Association was allowing the larger of the two sizes, ODFW would concur.

Both weights are over the standing world record, a 9-pound, 6-ounce fish caught in Lake Okanagan, B.C., in 1988.

Sall put Campbell’s fish at 27 3/4 inches long and its girth at 17 3/4 inches.

“I’m relatively certain it’s going to be the new record,” says Knox, terming its status at the moment “unofficial” as documents are still being worked on.

But with how quickly those marks have been falling this year — four in 2010’s first six months — Knox quickly adds, “Unless it gets beat.”

Indeed, the records could continue falling deep into summer as the fish will continue to grow until preparing for the spawn.

“Both the males and the females, their fat reserves as they start to mature go into their reproductive organs. When the males start to get humps, they look bigger, but they’re not, they’re thinner,” Knox says. “Females keep a lot of weight in their eggs. There’s a lot of fat tissue that goes into their eggs.”

Wallowa’s kokes spawn in the Wallowa River as well as along the lakeshore.

“They stage at the river mouth in late August and the peak of numbers in the river is the third week in September,” says Knox. “Lakeshore spawning occurs in the first week of November.”

Contrary to what I wrote in the May issue about three different kokanee populations at the lake, Knox says there’s really only one, but it’s very plastic. He says fish of the same origin spawn in the river and the lake.

The Oregonian and East Oregonian have articles on Campbell’s catch.

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2 Responses to “9 Pounds, 10.7 Ounces”

  1. IGFA Awaits World-record Kokanee Documents « Northwest Sportsman Says:

    […] would be one Ron Campbell, the gent who caught that 9-pound, 10.7-ounce kokanee last Sunday morning, the latest in a string of […]

  2. Scale Guy Says:

    It never gets old seeing great pictures like that and interesting stories about the catch.

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