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Angler catches big rainbow trout out of Okanagan Lake

Local angler Jim Sutherland holds up his latest prize catch, a 25.5 lb. rainbow trout caught last Friday afternoon in Okanagan Lake.  - Barry Gerding
Local angler Jim Sutherland holds up his latest prize catch, a 25.5 lb. rainbow trout caught last Friday afternoon in Okanagan Lake.
— image credit: Barry Gerding

Kelowna angler Jim Sutherland says he wants to catch the big fish whenever he goes fishing.

Last Friday, Sutherland was able to live up to those expectations, reeling in a 25.5 lb. rainbow trout from Okanagan Lake.

Sutherland says it's the third largest rainbow ever caught in the lake that was weighed on a government-certified scale.

"It had been out of the water for two hours when it was weighed, so the actual weight when I caught it was probably closer to 27 pounds," said Sutherland.

Sutherland said he made his catch fishing in the Gellatly Bay area, using a buck tail lure.

Since he posted news of his catch online, Sutherland said he has been generating responses from as far away as England.

"It's the best fish by far that I've caught in Okanagan Lake," Sutherland said.

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