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Wyoming Record Fish

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07/01/2008 - CASPER— With the warmer weather of June, fishing activity is on the rise, and with that increased activity there will be numerous anglers that will be catching large fish – some that may qualify for a new state record.

If previous years are any indication, 2008 will see a number of fish submitted for state record listing. While some records are probably untouchable, a handful will likely be broken, some possibly several times. At the top of the list is the tiger trout record. Wyoming has a single fishery, High Savery Reservoir, located south of Rawlins, with tiger trout and they were only introduced a few years ago. As the fish attain size that comes with age, the records will fall accordingly. A glance at other records shows more than half of Wyoming's entries have been caught in the last ten years.

Over the years, there have been numerous reports of anglers catching large fish that for one reason or another were never entered into the state record book. To enter a fish for record consideration is quite easy, but there are a few rules that must be followed. First, the fish must be weighed on a scale certified for legal trade. Scales in post offices or places of commerce are usually all certified. The scale in your tackle box is not. Second, the species must be verified by the Game and Fish Department. The identity of most fish is usually obvious, but there are certain species such as lake trout, splake, brook trout, walleye, sauger and some of the sunfish species that could easily be mistaken.

Other advice is to get the fish officially weighed as quickly as possible. A year ago an angler submitted a brown trout that had been kept in the freezer for a week. The fish missed the state record by several ounces and the moisture lost by a 25-pound plus fish during that time would have undoubtedly put it into the state record book, had the weighing taken place in a more timely fashion.

Fish record entry forms are found on the Game and Fish Web site http://gf.state.wy.us, or persons can contact Game and Fish regional offices or Game and Fish headquarters (307) 777-4600 for more information.

A complete list of Wyoming record fish may be found at http://gf.state.wy.us/fish/fishing/stats/records/index.asp. Wyoming does not keep separate record categories for line class, fly fishing or catch and release. (Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)

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