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David Raisch of Pocatello hauled in this state record catch and release rainbow trout, measuring 30.5 inches, on March 22. Courtesy David Raisch

Pocatello man sets rainbow trout catch-and-release record

Would you release a 30.5-inch rainbow trout if you caught it? David Raisch of Pocatello did, and he’s now a state-record holder.

Raisch caught his record fish in late March and recently submitted it into Idaho Fish and Game’s catch and release records, which allows anglers to claim a state record while letting the fish live. The program started in 2016, and it complements the traditional “certified weight” records that require anglers to weigh the fish on a certified scale, which means the fish is typically killed.

Raisch was fly fishing in the Snake River when he landed the record rainbow, which coincidentally is where the previous record of 29.3 inches was caught.

Find more details on all of Idaho’s record fish and how to submit fish into the record books at https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/record.

First Super Hunt entry deadline is May 31

The deadline for hunters to enter Idaho’s first Super Hunt drawing is May 31.

With every entry in Fish and Game’s Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands.

The first drawing will be for eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn, and one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for all four species — elk, deer, pronghorn and moose. Winners will be notified by June 10.

A second drawing will be for two elk, two deer, two pronghorn, and one moose hunt. Another Super Hunt Combo entry will also be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing is June 1 through August 10, with winners notified by Aug. 20.

Super Hunt entries are $6 each. Super Hunt Combo entries are $20 each. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing and there is no limit to the number of entries.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general hunts and controlled hunts, in addition to any general season or controlled hunt tags they also hold. All other rules of individual hunts apply.

Hunters may enter the drawings at license vendors, Fish and Game offices, online at https://idfg.idaho.gov/superhunt, or by calling 1-800-554-8685.

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