New Utah Records Set for Mop, Colorado River Cutthroat Trout

State wildlife officials have announced two new record fish in Utah waters.

Officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said both fish were caught in southwest Utah.

The record wiper fish was caught on May 23, 2021 in Newcastle Reservoir in Iron County by fisherman Trevor Cooper. The record was for catching and keeping fish.

The fish was 29 1/4 inches long and 23 5/8 inches in circumference. It weighed 15 pounds, 4 ounces.

According to DWR, the previous record weighed 11 pounds and was caught in the same location.

The mop, a cross between striped bass and white bass, was introduced to Utah waters in the early 1990s.

Newcastle Reservoir also held the spearfishing record for mopping after a 1 pound 6 ounce fish was caught in 2014.

Officials said Hyde Park’s Brent Bardsley caught a record-breaking Colorado River trout on May 15, 2021 in Pine Creek Reservoir in Washington County.

The trout was measured to a length of 19 inches before being released back into the reservoir.

It was the third time the cutthroat catch and release record had been broken in 10 months. In September 2020, a 14-inch Colorado River cutthroat was caught on Currant Creek Reservoir in Wasatch County.

The record lasted less than three months before a larger fish was caught in Lake Canyon Lake in Duchesne County, where a 15 1/2 inch cutthroat was caught the day after Thanksgiving.

According to DWR records, the largest trout ever caught in Utah was 48-inch lake trout caught in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in May 2019.

The largest fish ever caught in Beehive State was a tiger muscle lung that was caught and released from Pineview Reservoir in November 1998. He measured 53 1/4 inches. The second largest was also a tiger muscle lung that was speared from Fish Lake in 2020.

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