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Originally posted by sigung86
Very large fish in local bodies of water are not all that anomalous. I ive in Missouri, we have a body of water here that you may have heard of, it's called "Lake of the Ozarks". Lake of the Ozarks is an artificial, large lake created in the "way back" by the expedient of creating a dam. Bagnell Dam is relatively large. My grandfather worked on it in the early days (I am almost 60, so you can get a sense of around 1920s or thereabouts).
At any rate, a friend of my father's was an inspector on the dam. It required him to, periodically, don a deep sea divers outfit and to walk along the bottom of the dam to inspect for cracks, etc. He, apparently, by his own story, had enough and quit. He claimed that along the bottom of the lake there were catfish big enough to simply open their mouths and slide him in with out even creating a hiccup.
I also remember, as a young lad, my father, two brothers and I seigned (spelling) out a small lake that was hidden on back property of another of my father's friends. It hadn't been fished, that anyone knew of since the late 1930s. We pulled Buffalo Fish out that were upwards of 40 pounds and 36 inches long.
It is quite possible that a fish that is unencumbered, or hunted down, could very well grow to 12 feet or so, in length.
Now ... As to a 12 foot trout?
I don't know about that, but it probably would be a good meal for you and 40 or 50 of your friends.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
Utah definitely has it's history of strangeness.