CHEYENNE - Casper angler Brad Carpenter has entered the Wyoming fish record books with his recent catch of a gizzard shad from Glendo Reservoir that weighed nearly two pounds.
The actual weight of Carpenter’s fish was 1.95 pounds and was nearly 16 inches long. The previous record gizzard shad was caught out of Glendo in 2007 and weighed 1.2 pounds. When gizzard shad are small, they serve as an excellent forage fish and they have been stocked in Glendo periodically to provide an additional food supply, primarily for the walleye in the reservoir.
Carpenter was catching other fish including crappie and walleye when the large gizzard shad took his jig. He wasn’t sure it if it was a record, and checking the Game and Fish website on his smart phone showed the current Wyoming record was substantially smaller than the nearly two pounds his catch was registering on his tackle box scale. After getting the fish officially weighed, and verified, Carpenter was the new record holder.
The world record gizzard shad weighed 4 lbs. 12 oz. and was caught in 2006 out of Lake Oahe in South Dakota.
To qualify for a new fish record, anglers need to get the fish weighed on a certified scale and have it verified by the Game and Fish Department. A listing of state record fish is on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)