Tellico Hatchery manager Travis Scott, John Morgan and Officer Brandon Wear posed with the giant catch. (Photo: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

Polk County teen John Morgan set a new state record with a giant rainbow trout catch.

“We’re very excited for this young man to find himself in the record book,” said Mark Thurman, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region 3 fisheries program manager. “With so many records being broken these days, we look forward to seeing what the next state record fish is.”

John Morgan, 15, beat out the 2002 record with his catch that weighed 18 pounds, 8 ounces. (Photo: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)


The 15-year-old beat out the 2002 record with his catch, which weighed18 pounds, 8 ounces.

The fish measured 32 inches long and 22.25 inches in girth.

Ronnie Rowland held the previous record with a 16-pound, 15-ounce fish he caught at theFt. Patrick Henry Reservoir.

Morgan caught the new state record fish in a farm pond owned byhis grandfather’s friend, according to a news release.

He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring along his fishing pole.

Morgan had a 20-minute struggle with the fish. (Photo: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

He caught the turtle and then fished a bit. He decided to give himself 10 more minutes of fishing fun, and that turned into a 20-minute struggle with the giant fish.

Morgan is asophomore at Polk County High School and fishes several days a week, mostly in the Hiwassee River.

“I just love being outside, hunting and fishing,” Morgan said, according to a prepared statement.

Morgan has already dropped the fish off at a taxidermist and is excited to cast a line again.