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Angler reels in record-breaking fish — and she’s just 5 years old, Idaho officials say

A 5-year-old girl reeled in a fish from an Idaho river and broke her uncle’s catch-and-release record, wildlife officials said. Akeley Fahnholz of Salmon caught the record-sized peamouth from the Snake River on Feb. 25, Idaho Fish and Game Salmon Region said in a Monday, March 6, Facebook post. The fish measured 14.125 inches, according to the wildlife agency. Akeley caught the fish with her uncle, who held the length record for catch-and-release of a peamouth at 13.5 inches, according to the Idaho Fish and Game Salmon Region. He caught the fish in 2016 from the CJ Strike Reservoir, which is formed by the Snake River, Idaho Fish and Game’s sportfishing program coordinator Martin Koenig told McClatchy News. Peamouth fish are native to Idaho and found year-round. To be honored for a record, anglers can only catch fish in “publicly-accessible waters with legal fishing methods during an open season,” Idaho Fish and Game said. And applicants need a valid Idaho fishing license. Salmon is about 250 miles northeast of Boise.

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