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Brown Trout State & World Records

Brown trout are one of the most popular trout species that anglers target. Below you will learn what makes a trophy brownie and the state and world records.

World Record Brown Trout

The biggest brown trout ever caught weighted 44 pounds 5 ounce and was 38.58 inches long with a 34 inch girth. This world record was caught on the Ohau Canal in Twizel, New Zealand by Seumas Petrie in 2020.

Brown Trout Records by State

StateWeightLocationCaught ByDate
Arizona22 lbs 14.5 ozReservation LakeBryce Sisson8/6/1999
Arkansas40 lbs 4 oz.Little Red RiverHoward Collins05/09/1992
California26 lbs 8 ozTwin LakesStearman, Danny
Colorado30.5 lbsRoaring Judy PondsAlan Schneider
Connecticut19 lbsWest Hill Pond, New HartfordJames M. Lucas II7/6/1905
Georgia20 lb 14 ozChattahoochee RiverChad Doughty7/1/2014
Idaho27.31 lbsAshton ReservoirWes Case11/6/2007
Illinois36 lbs 11.5 ozLake MichiganDeva Vranek6/22/1997
Indiana29.3 lbsLake Michigan, Lake CountyGlen Duesing6/28/1905
Iowa15 lbs 6 ozNorth Prairie LakeGerold Lewis6/1/1995
Kansas4.62 lbsKanopolis Reservoir Seep StreamWalter Sharp3/28/2018
Kentucky21 lbsLake Cumberland TailwatersThomas Malone4/30/2000
North CarolinaN/AN/AN/AN/A
Maine23.5 lbsSquare PondRobert Hodsdon3/6/1996
Maryland18.2 lbsNorth Branch Of Potomac At BarnumGary Kuhn​
Massachusetts19 lbsWachusett ReservoirDana Deblois5/19/1905
Michigan34.62 lbsLake MichiganLarry Edward Curtis6/22/1905
Minnesota16 lbs 12 ozLake SuperiorW. Landis Bullock6/23/1989
Missouri27 lbs 10 ozLake TaneycomoRick Osborn10/3/2005
Montana29 lbsWade LakeE.H. Peck Bacon5/19/1905
Nebraska21 ozSnake RiverDenny Doolittle7/26/1973
Nevada27 lbs 5 ozCave LakeDennis Mangum6/6/1905
New Hampshire16 lbs 6 ozs.Connecticut RiverKen Reed, Jr.7/4/1975
New Jersey21 lbs 6 ozRound Valley ReservoirLenny Saccente6/17/1905
New Mexico20lb 4ozChama RiverC.T. Colgrove4/29/1905
New York33 lb 2 ozLake Ontario, Oswego Co.Tony Brown6/10/1997
North Carolina24 lbs 10 ozNantahala RiverRober L. Dyer4/17/1998
New YorkN/AN/AN/AN/A
North CarolinaN/AN/AN/AN/A
North Dakota31 lbs 11 ozGarrison Tailrace6/27/1905
Ohio14.675 lbsLake ErieRobert D Cammpbell7/14/2012
Oklahoma17 lbs 4.64 ozMt. Fork RiverJason Archie4/10/2005
Oregon28 lbs 5 ozPaulina LakeRonald Lane6/24/1905
Pennsylvania19 lb 10 ozWalnut CreekFazle Buljubasic6/22/1905
Rhode Island7 lbs 9 ozWallum LakeR. Groleau – Blackstone, MA4/1/2000
South Carolina17 lbs 9.5 ozLake JocasseeLarry Edwards6/9/1905
South Dakota24 lbs 8 ozCanyon LakeWilfred H Huether12/9/1990
Tennessee28 lbs 12 ozClinch RiverGreg Ensor8/30/1988
Texas7 lbs 1.92 ozGuadalupe RiverJeff Delong2/7/1986
Utah33 lbs 10 ozFlaming Gorge ReservoirRobert Bringhurst5/30/1905
Vermont22 lbs 2.5 ozSherman ReservoirBarry Bouker8/10/1990
Virginia18 lbs 11 ozSmith RiverWilliam W. Nease6/22/1979
Virginia14 lbs 12 ozSouth Fork HolstonMike Perkins5/24/1990
Washington22 lbsSullivan LakeR.L. Henry5/22/1965
West Virginia16 lbsSouth BranchPaul Barker5/21/1905
Wyoming25 lbs 13 ozFlaming Gorge ReservoirGeorge Rose6/4/1905

What state has the biggest brown trout?

Illinois is the state with the largest brownie caught in the United States. It weighed 36 lbs 11.5 oz and was caught on Lake Michigan.

What is the average size brown trout?

The average size brown trout seen in the wild falls in the 1-5 lb range. This is much smaller than the world record of 44 lbs.

What size brown trout is considered a trophy?

Brown trout start to be considered trophy size at 25 inches long.