WYOMING – Anglers have been known to exaggerate a time or two regarding the size of the one that got away. Every once in a while, though, that whopper is legit, so the question is: Is it a record?
Tina Walker is the Wyoming Game and Fish administrative assistant in the fish division. She gets this one a lot. What she’ll tell anglers who think they’ve reeled in a record is the following:
Once an application is verified, the angler will receive a certificate signed by the Chief of Fisheries and their name will be entered into the state record books
By the way, Doris Budge still holds the record for lake trout. She pulled a 50-pounder out of Jackson Lake in 1983. The record was tied by a Green River angler who caught a 50-pound laker out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir in 1995.
No one has caught a bigger cutthroat than Alan Dow’s 32-inch, 15-pounder out of Native Lake in Sublette County in 1959.
The most recent record fish belongs to Connor Weekes of Jackson. He reeled in a chub weighing 1 lbs., 15 oz. on October 23, 2016 from the Snake River.
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