CHEYENNE - The records keep on coming. Cheyenne angler William Dale and Douglas angler Jeff Kirk are the latest to enter the Wyoming fish record book.
Dale set a new record with his catch of a 35.6 pound grass carp caught out of Sloan’s Lake in Cheyenne’s Lions Park on May 7, and Kirk entered the record book with a quillback sucker caught Apr. 30 out of Glendo Reservoir.
When the fish took his nightcrawler, Dale wasn’t exactly sure what he had, but he knew it was big. After a lengthy fight he was able to get the carp onto the bank just as his line broke. Dale’s 35 pound-plus fish bested the old record 25.8 pound grass carp by nearly 10 pounds. That record was also caught in Sloan’s lakeback in 2009. In fact the 35 pounder is the second largest species for which a record has been submitted in Wyoming,bested only by the 50 pound lake trout that holds the distinction of being the largest fish caught in Wyoming.
Dale’s fish was nearly four feet long, measuring 44 inches with a girth of 25 inches. With that catch, 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years for setting new fish records marking the sixth time this year new fishrecords have been set.
Kirk’s fish was a new entry for the species as no angler had previously entered a quillback sucker before. Itweighed 1.57 lbs and was 14.5 inches long. It was species-certified by WGFD Casper fisheries biologist Nathan Cook.
Rules for submitting a fish for state record consideration are on the Game and Fish website. A listing of state record fish is also on the site.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)