Branson fisherman sets new state record for biggest brown trout

Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 4:03 PM CDT
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A brown trout caught in Lake Taneycomo on Wednesday sets the new state record.

The fish, caught by Bill Babler, weighed-in at 40 pounds and 6 ounces. It measured more than 41-inches long.

Babler has been a fishing guide in the Branson area for more than 20 years. He says he reeled in the brown trout just below the mouth of Fall Creek, on upper Lake Taneycomo.

"I threw it out there, the float went down, and as soon as it hit, it came to the surface. I told him, 'You probably better reel in, I think I've got a really big fish on,'" Babler said. "Just a beautiful, wonderful fish and I couldn't have picked a better time to catch it than with my best friend with me."

Babler's catch out-weighs the previous state record by more than five pounds. It is just shy of the current world record of 42 pounds.