"Truth is, we've [recognized catches from private waters] for many, many years," Preston said.
Second question: Would the current policy force DNR officials to accept a state record caught from a "fee fishery" such as a pay lake in which all the fish come from private hatcheries?
"We haven't been faced with that," Preston said. "State code says an angler has to hold a valid fishing license in order to claim a state record. People who fish pay lakes aren't required to purchase licenses.
"But that doesn't address what we would do if a licensed angler tried to claim a record with a fish from a pay lake. That's a gray area that, so far, we've never had to take into account."
Addressing a stocked-trout record-fish issue wouldn't exactly be a new experience. DNR officials have done it before.
A few years back, the agency took a pounding for recognizing a state-record trout stocked from one of their own hatcheries. The blowback from that "instant record" resulted in a policy that, effective from that day forward, no fish exceeding record size were to be stocked.
Preston said Corbin's record has touched off yet another round of questions.
"I understand and recognize that this is a legitimate point of discussion," he said. "I suspect that at our next fish staff meeting, we'll be taking a look at it. We'll more than likely look at other states to see how they handle these questions."
For starters, Preston looked up Ohio's and Pennsylvania's policies. Ohio recognizes fish from private waters; Pennsylvania does not.
"This does cause us to pause and think about our state-record program," he said. "And I understand folks' concerns. Our last two rainbow-trout records have come from private waters, and people are questioning that."