Record fish for the catching, Hayden’s new job

Usually we stare at a water and wonder if it holds a record-breaking fish. Trout anglers at Glen Elder State Park now know theirs does.

Yesterday biologist Scott Waters released a huge rainbow trout that weighed about 12 3/4 pounds into the pond just north of Marina Cove. The current record weighed 10.29 pounds and was caught last March at Shawnee Mission Lake.

The big trout Water’s released was part of the regular stocking program. Anglers hoping to catch the fish will need to follow all state and state park regulations and permitting laws.

Mike Hayden, ex-Wildlife and Parks secretary, is now the Missouri River Association of States and Tribes executive director. He lost his job with the state in January when Gov. Sam Brownback replaced Hayden with Robin Jennison.

Hayden has served on the MoRast board and been deeply involved in water issues in the midwest for most of his political life.

The group is composed of members of the various states, reservations and groups with interests in the Missouri River system.