During the coming months, fishing activity will be on the increase and this year is already shaping up to be one of Wyoming’s biggest years for new fishing records.
According to Wyoming Game and Fish, several records are set each year, but anglers have already set five new records this year. Some records are not likely to be beat, like the 11 pound 4 ounce golden trout caught in 1948, but a glance at the records shows that half of Wyoming’s entries have been caught since 2000.

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. Entering a fish for record consideration is quite easy, but there are rules that must be followed.

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. The weighing must be witnessed by two persons other than the applicant.

Fish caught from private club or fish hatchery waters, or private ponds not accessible for angling to the public are ineligible.

Fish must be caught on rod, reel, and line or pole and line, and hooked (no snagging) using legal methods.

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.

Fish must be taken during the legal open season of the water where caught.

Other advice is to get the fish officially weighed as quickly as possible. Over the years, several fish have been submitted as possible state records that were not officially weighed until a number of days after they were caught. A large fish will lose moisture over time and that can add up to enough weight loss that the time spent in the freezer could keep a fish from becoming a new state record.

Fish record entry forms are found on the Game and Fish website. Anglers can contact Game and Fish regional offices or Game and Fish headquarters (307) 777-4600 for more information.

The following is a listing of Wyoming’s fish records. Wyoming does not keep separate record categories for line class, fly fishing, or catch and release.

Bass, largemouth
Weight: 7 lbs., 14 oz. Length: 21 1/2 inches Girth: 18 1/2 inches
Location: stock pond, Sheridan County Date: March 15, 1992 Angler: Dustin Shorma - Sheridan
Bass, smallmouth
Weight: 5.94 lbs. Length: 21 inches Girth: 15 inches
Location: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Date: April 27, 2003 Angler: Bubba O'Neil - Evanston
Weight: 1.47 lbs. Length: 10.3 inches Girth: 11 1/2 inches
Location: Lake View North Pond, Platte County Date: May 31, 1988 Angler: Brad Artery - Wheatland
Bullhead, black
Weight: 2.9 lbs. Length: 15 1/4 inches Girth: 11 3/4 inches
Location: Ten Sleep Area Pond, Washakie County Date: May 24, 1987 Angler: Brian Rygwalski - Thermopolis
Weight: 34 lbs. 15 oz. Length: 35.4 inches Girth: 26.5 inches
Location: Pilot Butte Reservoir Date: September 28, 2005 Angler: Bobby Brown - Harrison, TN
Carp, grass
Weight: 35.6 lbs. Length: 44 inches Girth: 25 inches
Location: Sloans Lake Date: May 7, 2012 Angler: William Dale - Cheyenne, WY
Catfish, channel
Weight: 27.99 lbs. Length: 38 inches Girth: 26 inches
Location: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Date: April 27, 2005 Angler: Don Ackerman - Rock Springs, WY
Catfish, flathead
Weight: 22.46 lbs. Length: 34 inches Girth: 23 inches
Location: North Platte River Date: April 18, 2004 Angler: Dallas Stanton - Glenrock, WY
Catfish, stonecat
Weight: .35 lbs. Length: 10.1 inches Girth: 5.6 inches
Location: North Platte River, Torrington Date: March 17, 2012 Angler: Colton Bustillos
Chub, Utah
Weight: 1.73 lbs. Length: 15 inches Girth: 10 inches
Location: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Date: June 7, 2010 Angler: David Franke - Rock Springs, WY
Crappie, black
Weight: 2.34 lbs. Length: 15 inches Girth: 13.5 inches
Location: Boysen Reservoir Date: Dec 4, 1997 Angler: Edward Hausauer - Thermopolis, WY
Crappie, white
Weight: 2.45 lbs. Length: 16.25 inches Girth: 13.5 inches
Location: Glendo Reservoir, Platte County Date: Aug 31, 2009 Angler: Terry Young - Douglas, WY
Drum, freshwater
Weight: 11 lbs., 14 oz. Length: 26 inches Girth: 22 inches
Location: Glendo Reservoir, Platte County Date: June 27, 1993 Angler: Rich Detry - Westminister, CO
Gizzard Shad
Weight: 1.20 lbs. Length: 14.375 inches Girth: 10.5 inches
Location: Glendo Reservoir Date: Dec 12, 2007 Angler: Tom Durst - Casper, WYY
Weight: 1.32 lbs. Length: 16.75 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Powder River, Campbell County Date: Aug 26, 1996 Angler: Jim Williams - Gillette, WY
Weight: 2.36 lbs. Length: 19 5/8 inches Girth: 10 1/2 inches
Location: Meadow Lake, Sublette County Date: June 4, 1983 Angler: Robert Doak - Rock Springs, WY
Green Sunfish
Weight: .82 lbs. Length: 9.6 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Lovell Lakes Date: May 30, 2006 Angler: Doug Nixon - Lovell
Weight: 19 lbs., 4 oz. Length: 44 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Pilot Butte Reservoir, Fremont County Date: 1965 Angler: K. E. Mooreland
Muskie, tiger
Weight: 29.37 lbs. Length: 49 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Grayrocks Reservoir, Platte County Date: June 2, 1992 Angler: Frank Rubrecht - Rawlins, WY
Perch, yellow
Weight: 2.2 lbs. Length: 16 inches Girth: 12 inches
Location: Mayland Pond, Big Horn County Date: Feb 9, 1991 Angler: Mike Miller - Greybull, WY
Pike, northern
Weight: 27 lbs., 4 oz. Length: 47 inches Girth: 19 inches
Location: Keyhole Reservoir Date: Oct 27, 2004 Angler: Robert K. Hockett - Newcastle, WY
Weight: .62 lbs. Length: 8.7 inches Girth: 8.5 inches
Location: Farm Pond near Big Horn Date: June 24, 2009 Angler: Anthony Wendtland - Sheridan, WY
River Carpsucker
Weight: 12 lbs., 10 oz. Length: 28 inches Girth: 20.5 inches
Location: Boysen Reservoir Date: June 15, 2005 Angler: Garhart Stephenson - Lander, WY
Rock bass
Weight: 1.76 lbs. Length: 13 inches Girth: 12.5 inches
Location: Sheridan County Pond Date: May 12, 2007 Angler: Randy Reece - Sheridan, WY
Salmon, kokanee
Weight: 6.26 lbs. Length: 24.75 inches Girth: 14.75 inches
Location: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Date: June 14, 2009 Angler: Brian Ekx - Evans, CO
Weight: 7.5 lbs. Length: 26.5 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Boysen Reservoir, Fremont County Date: Jan 7, 2007 Angler: Tom Durst - Casper
Weight: 13.60 lbs. Length: 29.6 inches Girth: 18 inches
Location: North Crow Reservoir Date: April 1, 2011 Angler: Shawn Vanwey - Cheyenne, WY
Sturgeon, shovelnose
Weight: 10 lbs., 2 oz. Length: 40 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Powder River Date: June 1, 2000 Angler: Chris Marshall - Gillette, WY
Sucker, longnose
Weight: 2.19 lbs. Length: 18.1 inches Girth: 9.3 inches
Location: Little Goose Creek, Sheridan County Date: July 25, 1998 Angler: Darrell Meineke - Sheridan, WY
Sucker, quillback
Weight: 1.57 lbs. Length: 14 1/2 inches Girth: 9 1/2 inches
Location: Glendo Reservoir Date: April 30, 2012 Angler: Jeff Kirk - Douglas, WY
Sucker, Utah
Weight: 8 lbs., 4 oz. Length: 28 inches Girth: 15 inches
Location: Snake River near Alpine Date: June 5, 2003 Angler: Mike Cullimore - Thayne, WY
Sucker, white
Weight: 4.4 lbs. Length: 21 inches Girth: 13.5 inches
Location: Big Horn River Date: April 17, 2011 Angler: Tom Hunt - Worland, WY
Trout, brook
Weight: 9 lbs., 11 oz. Length: 24 1/2 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Green River Lake, Sublette County Date: June 21, 1976 Angler: Max Long - Rock Springs, WY
Trout, brown
Weight: 25 lbs., 13 oz. Length: 34 1/4 inches Girth: 25 1/4 inches
Location: Anvil Draw, Flaming Gorge Reservoir Date: May 27, 1982 Angler: George Rose - Albuquerque, NM
Trout, cutthroat
Weight: 15 lbs. Length: 32 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Native Lake, Sublette County Date: 1959 Angler: Alan Dow
Trout, golden
Weight: 11 lbs., 4 oz. Length: 28 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Cook Lake, Sublette County Date: 1948 Angler: C. S. Reed - Omaha, NE
Trout, lake
Weight: 50 lbs. Length: 48 inches Girth: 32 inches
Location: Flaming Gorge Reservoir Date: March 11, 1995 Angler: Randy Calkins - Green River, WY
Trout, Ohrid
Weight: 14 lbs., 4 oz. Length: 30 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: North Platte River, Natrona County Date: Jan 26, 1986 Angler: Kim Durfee - Casper, WY
Trout, rainbow
Weight: 23 lbs. Length: 35 1/2 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Burnt Lake, Sublette County Date: 1969 Angler: Frank Favazzo
Trout, tiger
Weight: 11.07 lbs. Length: 28 7/8 inches Girth: 17.75 inches
Location: High Savery Reservoir Date: May 06, 2012 Angler: Jackson Sorensen - Casper, WY
Weight: 17.42 lbs. Length: 34 inches Girth: 21 inches
Location: Boysen Reservoir, Fremont County Date: Dec 28, 1991 Angler: Stan Seivewright - Casper, WY
Weight: 4 lbs., 4 oz. Length: 21 inches Girth: Unknown
Location: Snake River, Teton County Date: 1977 Angler: Dennis Jennings

(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)