RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Richland fisherman has cast his way into the record books. Mike Hepper caught a 19.3 pound walleye on Monday, the largest walleye ever caught in Washington waters.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed Hepper broke the old record of 18.9 pounds. Hepper caught the record-breaker on the Columbia River up from McNary Dam.
Hepper says he's amazed by everyone's response to the record. He says, "Word spreads fast and, I had people up in Canada call, and down in Florida, and they were telling me things today that I hadn't read or seen or anything."
Hepper says he doesn't expect to hold the record long because the walleye this time of year are especially big. He says he has went fishing 13 of the last 14 days in the hopes of catching a record-breaking fish.