Salmon & Steelhead Fishing photo

From the Anchorage Daily News:

Swimming fish can’t be weighed.

But they can create a buzz, which is exactly what happened on the Kenai River this week when Kansas angler Joel Atchison, fishing with veteran guide John Whitlatch, landed a buck king salmon estimated between 85 and 92 pounds.

And then released it.

The evidence remaining are photos of the fish and a tale of the tape provided by Whitlatch: 58 inches long with a girth of about 34 inches, although the squirming fish made a precise measurement difficult.

So no one knows how close the fish came to Les Anderson’s world-record king, caught in May 1985 on the Kenai.