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Sun Valley Man Lands New Walleye Record

October 5, 2006

Rogerson, Idaho - For Mark Abel of Sun Valley, fishing is a major part of his life, and the bigger the fish he catches, the better. Sunday night at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir one of his dreams came true when he landed a 17.6 pound walleye, breaking the 10-year-old state recorded of 16.2 pounds.

Abel isn't your typical angler. When most people are fishing on the weekends, Abel is working so he can fish on the week days. But he even takes it one step further; he only fishes at night for walleye.

"Nighttime is the best time to catch these big predator fish and this is the best time of year to be fishing as they are fattening up for winter," said Abel. "Being semi-retired allows me to go fishing three or four times a week down at Salmon Dam. Only fishing at night can mess up your sleeping patterns and most people won't do it. But when you are catching six or seven big walleye each night, it's worth it."

Abel's biggest complaint about Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is the number of trout in the lake.

"You don't want to be handling a slimy trout when you are fishing for walleye," Abel said. "That is one of the hardest things about fishing down there is getting your lures to the walleye before a trout grabs it. But I have also caught some pretty nice trout down there at night in the five to seven pound range. When you are catching fish like that, it's pretty good fishing."


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