A 24 pound, 8 ounce chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe last week is a state record. It broke the previous record of 23 pounds, 14 ounces. The state Game, Fish and Parks verified the record yesterday. Gordon Sampson of Highmore caught the fish after just five minutes on the water.
The Game, Fish and Parks department has received reports of other large salmon being caught close to the state record. News of the giant fish is attracting anglers to the Pierre area for the chance to catch their own big salmon.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks fisheries biologist Bob Hanten and Dan Miller, owner of Carl’s Bait Shop, Dan, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the large salmon being caught over the past several weeks on Lake Oahe.