A Pendleton man's big catch recently made the record books. Ron Campbell caught a Kokanee salmon that was recorded at 9 lbs. 10 oz. Campbell says it was recognized Thursday by the International Game Fish Association as a new world record.
Campbell caught the Kokanee at Wallowa Lake on June 13th. He is a fire investigator and an avid fisherman. He says couldn't believe the size of the fish.
He told KNDU, "I know there were a couple of monsters in the lake. when I hooked this fish by myself, I had some anxious moments in netting him. I got him in the boat...when I got him in the cooler, I must have opened the cooler about ten times and gone 'wow, that's a big fish.'"
Since catching the Kokanee, Campbell has been offered tackle for life from two different companies and just wrapped up filming of a fishing program for the outdoor channel. The fisherman predicts there will be more monster fish and wouldn't be surprised if his record is broken.