Wallowa Lake is home to many things: beautiful trees, clear water and, apparently, world record-sized kokanee salmon. Ron Campbell found this out on Sunday, June 13, when he caught a 27-inch-long, 9.67-pound kokanee.
Campbell’s catch is the latest in a long string of large kokanee being caught at Wallowa Lake. In May, Bob Both of Lostine caught an 8.85-pound kokanee, and a 7.5-pound kokanee was caught in February by Gene Thiel of Joseph. Campbell, a 61-year-old resident of Pendleton, told the Oregonian that what makes records fun is that “they are made to be broken.”