This is definitely an awesome fish...surprising similar to the one I caught the other night in a dream that then got eaten by a bear, which I then fought out of the back of a pickup truck as a friend drove. Very strange dream...but I'm serious...that trout looked exactly like this one!
If you go through the 19 photos in the photo gallery on that top link, you can read more about the specifics of the catch. To answer the earlier questions...
The article states that it was caught at 8:30 in the morning, and from the pictures, it appears to have been a relatively sunny day.
As for the rod, line and lure info, the article is quoted as saying: "The fish hit a silver-and-black Rapala Shad Rap SR-8, 3-1/8-inches long. The rod was a 9-foot medium-heavy Cabela’s XML spinning rod, matched with a Prodigy spinning reel spooled with 30-pound-test PowerPro."
Very cool stuff.
"I wish I was fishin'..." -me