The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is pleased to
announce that the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has
recognized an Atlantic salmon caught at Torch Lake in Antrim County
last October as a world record for land-locked Atlantics.
The record Atlantic salmon, caught by Indiana resident Tom
Aufiero, weighed 26 pounds, 12 ounces. Aufiero, who caught the fish
while fly fishing with a shrimp pattern, released the fish after
IGFA regulations require that scales used to weigh potential
record fish must have been calibrated and certified as accurate
within a year of the catch. Aufiero’s salmon was weighed on an
uncertified hand-held scale, but the scale was sent to the IGFA,
which tested it and certified it as accurate.
The IGFA certified the record March 7, 2011.
“It doesn’t surprise me to see a 26-pound Atlantic come out of
Torch Lake,” said DNR fisheries biologist Mark Tonello of Cadillac.
“We know Torch Lake is capable of producing big lake trout, big
muskies, and last year someone caught a 29-pound brown trout
The previous IGFA all-tackle world record for land-locked salmon
was a 24-pound, 11-ounce specimen caught in Sweden in June
Torch Lake was last stocked with Atlantic salmon in 2008.