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Irvine Lake yields record 22.6-pound rainbow trout to Greg Stotesbury

March 19, 2009 |  1:16 pm

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Mission Viejo's Greg Stotesbury is a renowned saltwater angler who is now credited with landing the largest rainbow trout ever caught at Irvine Lake.

Stotesbury, manager of AFTCO Fishing Tackle in Irvine, was with his wife and had anchored at a depth of 19 feet at Trout Island. The fish struck as soon as his green-and-yellow glob of Turbo Dough Power Bait hit the bottom.

"And the fish greyhounded over the surface," Stotesbury said of the 22.6-pound behemoth. "We fought him for about five minutes, and my wife, Dara, did an expert job on netting it. We had brought a very large net in anticipation of catching a big one."

So maybe that's what it takes to get one of the lunkers residing in the scenic Silverado Canyon reservoir: positive thinking.

Stotesbury was using a No. 14 gold treble hook and 4-pound-test Berkley 100% flourocarbon line.

Irvine Lake's trout are supplied by Calaveras Trout Farm in Merced County.

The previous lake record was 22.55 pounds.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Irvine Lake