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Don't know about triploids, but the article said the fish had an adipose fin. I would think that a Trip. would have been clipped. Funny looking fish though - huge body and tiny head.

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This is fake. Not a steelhead or biolically possible rainbow on the system. If I'm wrong I'd love to know how.
More than one picture so it's not fake. I know the boat owner *Guy behind the Phone/Camera* Just a massive ol ugly trout feeding on dam mulch. Not going to give them the state record. Only 2 of them on the boat and they needed a 3rd witness & F&G told them they should have clipped a fin for DNA :Eyecrazy:

 

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The fish was not weighed on an approved scale (certified for record verification). Therefore it was not eligible for any records. And yes, it was caught below Dworshak dam. I work at the dam, and I see these guys on their boat at the closest point they can legally get to the dam.
 

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This is fake. Not a steelhead or biolically possible rainbow on the system. If I'm wrong I'd love to know how.
I lived in Colorado for 35 years before moving to Montana and eventually to Idaho. During the 70's and 80's, I fished the tailwaters from Reudi reservoir that made up the Fryingpan River above Basalt. Great river. During that time, it was not unusual to hear of and see fish that we used to call "footballs". My best friends wife caught a rainbow that was 15" and just under 7 lbs. At the flyshop in Basalt (Roaring Fork Anglers), they have a mounted "football". The res there had a big population of Mysis shrimp that the fish gorged on when they were flushed through the outlets. My best fish from the 'Pan? A rainbow that measured 23" and was over 14lbs on a size 12 Mysis shrimp pattern.
 
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