Kyle Borysiuk didn’t realize he was making history when he reeled in an enormous Lake Trout last spring.
The longtime Prince Albert resident was out ice fishing north of La Ronge with family and friends when he began pulling up an unusually large catch. After about 10 minutes of fighting, Borysiuk drew out his prize: a 47-inch trout—a new freshwater catch-and-release record.
“Everybody was speechless,” chuckled Borysiuk, who just recently had his record confirmed by the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. “When we started pulling it out of the ice it just kept coming and coming. We were wondering when the tail would finally get to the top of the ice.”
The tail eventually did come out, and Borysiuk was able to measure and photograph it with his father and a few friends who accompanied him on the trip. As a life-long ice fisher, he said it was a dream to land the type of wish most people only talk about. He even has the photo to prove it.
“It’s not much of a story without a picture,” he chuckled. “I just show people the picture then I don’t have to tell the story.”
After photographing and measuring the fish, Borysiuk released it back into the lake. He said it was rewarding to get such a big catch, and he’s glad other fishers will have the chance to repeat his feat.
Originally he didn’t even realize he’d hauled in a record catch. It was only after some research during the summer that he discovered what he’d done. After confirming the catch, the Hall of Fame sent him a certificate of recognition, and asked if they could use his photo in their upcoming 2019 calendar.
“We always just fished for fun, so it was nice to get a reward out of it,” he said.
Despite his new claim to fame, Borysiuk remains humble about his fishing exploits. With so many variables at play, he said it’s impossible to predict when you’ll land a big trout like that. At some point you just have to put your line out and hope for the best.
“It’s everybody’s dream to have a chance to catch one but, but I think half of it’s luck,’ he explained. “You’ve got to go out and fish, but you can’t really control what bites your hook. I think it’s definitely luck too.”