The Lake Tahoe brown trout record was recently broken when a Nevada angler landed a monster brown just shy of sixteen pounds…
From this story on wonews.com:
_Four-time Lake Tahoe German brown record-breaking guide, Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners Guide Service, has done it again, this time putting client Marvin Chld on a 15-pound, 15-ounce German brown on April 26. The big brown surpassed the previous record, a 15-pound, 2-ounce brown, also caught on Nielsen’s boat in June 2008. The new record stretched 36 inches, 4 inches longer than the previous fish.
_The brown fell for a silver and black F-11 Rapala doused in Pautzke Liquid Krill. Nielsen was using Suffix 832 braid in 20-pound test, 6-pound diameter. The fish was caught on a Buzz Ramsey Berkeley rod, Air IM8, 8-foot medium action and an Abu Garcia 6500. The record brown was caught on the west shore, near Rubicon Point in 40 feet of water. The Rapala was trolled on the surface.
“It was about a 10-minute fight and the fish took a lot of line on the strike, which made me believe it was a good fish, but my client had no idea” Nielsen said. “He thought it was just another bite. The fish made a lot of side by side runs, but didn’t pull a lot of line out once the fight started,” Nielsen explains. “I barely got the net under it. As I netted it the line broke, but luckily the fish was in the net.”_