nice i caught my biggest about the same weight at 19 1/2 inches on a bobber and worm. they are so fun and i think the reason there arent as many big smallies is that when people catch them offshore by accident fishing for trout they get excited and string up a 5 pounder on a stringer, its like cmon let the big one go to be caught again by someone else and keep the small ones to eat so there will be a larger sized population, but they arent protected by the regs cause east canyon is a trout lake, even though i catch more crappie and bass out of there than anything. plus big smallies meat gets mushy when they reach about the 4 pound weight and small SMB that are like 12 inches taste like perch yummmm. but i can probly count 10 times where ive seen huge bass caught and not released, i understand you can do it but i personally dont get it. i only have a few different species of fish i eat. perch, crappie, smallies, and walleye. youll never catch me eating trout!!!!!!