State record brook trout was stocked by Rome fish hatchery

ALBANY — For the seventh time in eight years, the record for the largest brook trout in New York state was recently broken, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials have announced.

William Altman caught a 5-pound, 14-ounce brook trout from the West Canada Wilderness Area in Hamilton County back on May 5, and the record breaking fish was stocked as a fingerling by the Rome fish hatchery. According to the DEC, the prize catch is considered a Temiscamie hybrid, a cross between a domestic brook trout and a wild Temiscamie brook trout.

Altman submitted details of his winning fish as part of DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards Program, which tracks state record fish. Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a commemorative pin. The categories that make up the program are Catch & Release, Annual Award and State Record. The DEC verifies potential brook trout state records by ensuring the fish is not caught from brood stock, which is large stocked fish, or splake waters.