Game & Fish Investigating Big Trout's Death on White River

COTTER, AR - Arkansas wildlife officials are trying to figure out what caused the death of a brown trout of near-record size from the White River.  Old age hasn't been ruled out.

The 37-and-a-half inch long fish appeared healthy but was found struggling Monday evening by a guest at the Rainbow Drive Resort.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission says resort workers tried to save the trout, but it died later.

Commission fisheries technician Eli Powers says the trout weighed 32 pounds, and its girth measured 28 inches.

Powers said the fish was one of the biggest to come out of the White River.  The largest brown trout caught in Arkansas was 40 pounds, 4 ounces.  That trout was caught in the Little Red River in 1992.

The commission is trying to determine if warm temperatures in the water and low oxygen content led to the trout's death.  Powers said the trout also could have died from old age.  The fish could have been 15 years old.

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