A fisherman from the United States has caught Great Bear Lake's biggest fish of the season — a 24-kilogram lake trout.

American Mark Stricker says he's been coming to Canada's North to fish for the past eight years. He says it's the best place in the world for char and trout fishing.

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This 24-kilogram fish was caught in Great Bear Lake last week. (Photo courtesy Mark Stricker)

He hauled in the massive 24-kilogram fish last week, but Stricker says it's not the biggest fish he's ever caught — nor is it the biggest fish ever caught in Great Bear Lake.

In 2009, a man from Deline caught a 40-kilogram trout.

Stricker says big catches like that are often based on luck, but it's nice to be able to go home and brag about your catch regardless.

"We weighed it, took a lot of pictures and hugged it and released it," he says.

"You can go catch them another year. They're old fish, eh? That fish was probably 50 to 75 years old."

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story included a picture of the incorrect fish. It showed the previous large fish caught in 2009, which was 40-kg. Not the 24-kg one caught last week.
    Sep 13, 2013 2:08 PM CT