Darrick Koch of Watertown holds the pending state-record salmon — 31.54 pounds — caught last Friday on Lake Oahe near the face of the dam.
The record is pending because Geno Adams, GF&P’s fisheries program administrator in Pierre, has been out of the office and won’t be back in until Thursday. He’s the guy who signs off on new state-record fish. But the fish was weighed on a certified scale and confirmed as a chinook salmon by a GF&P fisheries biologist.
So the “pending” seems simply to be a formality until Adams gets back in the office.
Anyway, there’s nothing pending about the excitement such a beast creates in the South Dakota salmon-fishing club.