Published: Apr 27, 2011

Record brown: 15-pound, 15-ounce brown new Lake Tahoe record fish


Western Outdoor News

RUBICON POINT — Four-time Lake Tahoe German brown record-breaking guide, Mike Nielsen of Tahoe Topliners Guide Service, has done it again, this time putting client Marvin Chld on a 15-pound, 15-ounce German brown on April 26.

The big brown surpassed the previous record, a 15-pound, 2-ounce brown, also caught on Nielsen's boat in June 2008. The new record stretched 36 inches, 4 inches longer than the previous fish.

But those weren't the only two record browns landed aboard his boat:  "Now we've caught the record in June of 2005 with a 13-pound, 13-ounce fish, then in 2006 with a 14-pound, 3 ouncer,"  Nielsen said. "I bet there's another record swimming out in Tahoe, but it's tough catching them out here. I think the season on the browns is just starting, though."

With water temperatures on at 44 degrees, even in the warmest spots the traditional spring brown bite has just started. "It'll get better when the water reaches 50 degrees and I'm thinking the brown trout bite will last into early July this year, because the water will stay cool longer with all this runoff we have," Nielsen said.

The brown fell for a silver and black F-11 Rapala doused in Pautzke Liquid Krill. Nielsen was using Suffix 832 braid in 20-pound test, 6-pound diameter. The fish was caught on a Buzz Ramsey Berkeley rod, Air IM8, 8-foot medium action and an Abu Garcia 6500.

The record brown was caught on the west shore, near Rubicon Point in 40 feet of water. The Rapala was trolled on the surface.

"It was about a 10-minute fight and the fish took a lot of line on the strike, which made me believe it was a good fish, but my client had no idea" Nielsen said. "He thought it was just another bite. The fish made a lot of side by side runs, but didn't pull a lot of line out once the fight started," Nielsen explains. "I barely got the net under it. As I netted it the line broke, but luckily the fish was in the net."

During spring, when the water is cold, Nielsen says scent is vital to catching fish. Oddly enough, he didn't apply his normal technique of putting krill on every lure. Fortunately, it still paid off.

"It's kind of funny. I had four rods out and had only put any scent on one of them," adds Nielsen. "The one that had Pautzke Liquid Krill is the one that the brown took."

The fish was officially weighed at The Sportsman in South Lake Tahoe on a certified scale, with several witnesses. It has been submitted to the Nevada Division of Wildlife trophy fish program.

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