- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota wildlife officials have confirmed that a chinook salmon caught in Lake Oahe late last month is a state record.

Watertown resident Darrick Koch landed the whopper on July 29. It weighed nearly 31 pounds 6 ounces, about 7 pounds heavier than the existing state record.

The Capital Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2aD7sy9 ) that South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department verified the weight, and the new record is now official.

The Lake Oahe reservoir on the Missouri River stretches about 230 miles from Pierre to Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, https://www.capjournal.com

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