WYOMING \u2013 Records are falling in Wyoming waters these days. For the second time in as many months, a state record-breaking fish has been caught in the Sheridan region.\r\n\r\nOn July 15, Gillette resident James Potter Jr. caught a 22.58-pound freshwater drum in Keyhole Reservoir, breaking the existing state record by more than four pounds.\r\n\r\nPotter and his father in law, Tom McCracken of Las Vegas, had been fishing for pike for only 20 minutes when the fish took Potter\u2019s offering of frozen smelt.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe fish took the bait and went on about a 60-yard run,\u201d Potter said. \u201cWe weren\u2019t sure what we had on the line. We eventually saw a flash of white and thought maybe it was a big walleye. But when it surfaced a bit and got closer to shore we finally saw it was a giant drum. We couldn\u2019t believe it.\u201d\r\n\r\nPotter has caught drum before, in the two to three pound range, so knew the large fish was special. He looked up the state record and thought his might top 20 pounds. He soon saw game wardens Luke May and Derek White passing by on a patrol boat and flagged them down. The pair was able to get Potter started with the paperwork and certifying process.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was quite the moment when we put it on the scale and it printed out that ticket,\u201d Potter exclaimed. \u201cI saw that 22 pounds and said \u2018we just beat the record! We just blew it out of the water!\u2019\u201d\r\n\r\nThe previous freshwater drum record was set in August 2012 by Harley Speed. That fish also came from Keyhole Reservoir and weighed 17 pounds, 4 ounces. Prior to Speed\u2019s catch, the record Wyoming drum was an 11-pound, 12-ounce fish caught in Glendo Reservoir in 1993.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe don\u2019t have them in a lot of places,\u201d said Sheridan Fisheries Biologist Andrew Nikirk about drum. \u201cThey are not native to Wyoming but are an introduced sport fish. Anglers generally don\u2019t target drum. They are usually incidental catches when anglers are \u2018bottom bouncing\u2019 for walleye with crawlers.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThey are good eating, but a lot of people don\u2019t know that,\u201d he continued. \u201cThe typical size of a drum we see at Keyhole is in the 12 to 18-inch range. And pound for pound they are one of the tougher fighting fishes, no doubt.\u201d\r\n\r\nPotter\u2019s catch comes just weeks after Caleb Salzman caught a new state record largemouth bass on May 10 at Kleenburn Pond near Sheridan. Salzman\u2019s catch, weighing 11.51 pounds, beat the previous state record, set in 1992, by more than four pounds.\r\n\r\nOverall, this is the third species of state record fish caught this year in Wyoming. The other record broken in 2018 is for green sunfish by\u00a0Chris Castleman at Bryan Stock Trail Pond in Casper.