Two Harbors angler Joe Shead caught, photographed and released the latest in what has been a string of big lake trout taken on western Lake Superior lately.

While fishing has slowed numbers-wise from a red-hot May and June, anglers going deep are still catching some very big lakers.

Shead caught and released the trout Monday morning that was 44 inches long with a 26-inch girth. One fish-weight calculator put it at about 37 pounds, he noted. Shead said he caught his monster laker off Two Harbors using a spoon on a downrigger.

“It was a struggle to hold, if you couldn’t tell by the photo!’’ Shead said. “She released well to thrill another angler.”

In June, Ronald Farley, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, caught and released a lake trout 36 inches long with a 34-inch girth on Kingfisher Charters on Lake Superior near Silver Bay.

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Shead’s is the biggest western Lake Superior lake trout we’ve heard of since last August when charter captain Jordan Korzenowski and his client, Steven Gotchie from Spring Lake in Itasca County, battled a 45 ¼-inch laker with a 30 ⅛ inch girth. Gotchie’s trout was also released.