About a week ago my mail carrier Jim Gainor gave me a tip on a big trout he had follow right here in Richland Center. I stored it in my memory for another day. That another day was this morning at first light.

I was accompanied by Joe Chadwick. He was tossing worms while I was spinning the area. It was a short outing.

Joe was yelling for me to come help within 2 minutes of getting to the Pine River right in town. I waded out quite a ways and waited for Joe to tire the fish out. This fish was big and hunkered down to the bottom. It finally surfaced and then I got exited. I waded out further “almost to the top of my waders” because this trout was absolutely huge.

The battle went on for what seemed forever. A couple walking by on the bridge stopped and I could hear them yelling and cheering. This only made Joe and I more nervous.

Finally the trout tired out and I netted it. Luckily I had my huge LDH Net. The couple on the bridge applauded us and came down to admire the female brown.

monster brown trout

She measured 31 5/8s inches. This makes 4 small stream trout over 30 inches that Joe has caught in his life. I get an assist again. Joe is having it mounted on the same driftwood as his last 30 inch small stream brown.

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Len Harris
(Wisconsin) Len blogs from the 'Heart' of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. His passion is small stream trout fishing with every legal means possible. When trout season is closed he writes and takes photos, and even dabbles in a little cooking.