Aug. 20, 2008
Carter McLaughlin, of Mapleton, caught the
record charr on Aug. 20 at Pushineer Pond
Mapleton – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
confirms that an 11-year-old young man from Mapleton has caught a
record-setting Arctic Charr, breaking a 35-year-old record.
Carter McLaughlin, 11, of Mapleton, caught the charr on Aug. 20 at
Pushineer Pond in T15 R9. According to IF&W Assistant Fisheries
Biologist Frank Frost, who measured the fish, the record-setter was
25.4 inches in total length and weighed 5.24 pounds.
The previous record weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces and was 22-3/8-inches
long. It was caught by Merton Wyman of Belgrade on Basin Pond on May
What makes this fish a “truly incredible catch” is its overall size
and weight as well as the fact that it was caught in one of Maine’s
12 native charr waters, according to Peter Bourque, a supervisor in
IF&W’s Fisheries Division. The previous record (1973) was taken from
a then-newly introduced population of Arctic Charr, which also are
known by the name “blueback trout.” New introductions tend to seek
out new niches where they will often grow beyond normal sizes,
According to IF&W records, the fish that was caught in 1973 was one
of 27 adult “bluebacks” stocked in Basin Pond in 1969. The 27 adult
fish originally came from Wadleigh Pond in Piscataquis County and
were part of a fishery research project to perpetuate the blueback
trout in waters other than those in which they occurred naturally.