Record Breaking Brook Trout Caught In Ashfield

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Recently, MassWildlife fisheries biologists certified a new state record for a brook trout caught on April 19. Peter Harand of Easthampton caught a 10 pound eastern brook trout from Ashfield Lake in Ashfield. Deciding to forego yard work for an hour, Harand was fishing with spinning tackle and a spoon when he caught the huge fish. He first brought the big brookie to Daves Pioneer Sporting Center in Northampton for weighing and entering his catch in the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. He then brought the fish to MassWildlife’s Field Headquarters to have it weighed and certified by fisheries biologists. Harand’s catch breaks the record set in 1968 by Thomas Laptew of a trout weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces caught in the Otis Reservoir in Otis.