My best was a 26" from Walter Wirth, but it was a planted brooder. Still, it was a great fight and a lot of fun. I released him to a brother angler that was hungry. The largest "wild" fish I ever had was only about 17", from Detroit Lake. It was released back to the water to grow some more.
Caught a nice Rainbow on the American River in Folsom, CA about 15 yrs ago when i was 8. Fishin a night crawler and a marshmellow on the bottom of a deep channel. Caught it on a little blue and white Snoopy pole. My dad set the hook and I reeled it in. Don't remember the measurements, sorry, but it was north of 20" and 4#. :shock:
7-8 lb range, Clark Canyon Res. Montana. Not a big deal for that lake, they average about 5lbs there. It's about 25 miles s. of Dillon in SW Montana, if you're ever in the vicinity, wet a line and HANG ON!
I've been real lucky. I have spent a lot of time fishing some of the lakes in B.C. (Eutsuk, Quesnel, and many others) The biggest Rainbow I ever caught was out of Quesnell it was close to 10lbs. got him my first time ever fly fishing. But at Eutsuk the rainbow average close to 5lbs. It is so far from anywhere that it only see's an average of 100 fisherman a year. Not bad for a like thats 90 miles long. My best in Oregon though is 24" out of Krumbo Reservoir in Eastern Oregon.