Categories: Home

The one that didn’t get away. When is a big fish a record fish?

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

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:

  • 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 must be caught on rod, reel and line or pole and line and hooked (no snagging) with any legal hook or lure.
  • Fish caught from private club or fish hatchery waters, or private ponds not accessible for angling to the public are ineligible.
  • 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 legally in compliance with all Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regulations.

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.

Recent Posts

  • News
  • Police

Cora man survives crash near White Pines Ski area after tricky rescue operation

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO - A Cora man was extricated from his vehicle after a crash off upper Skyline Drive near… Read More

2 hours ago
  • Environmental
  • News
  • Nonprofit
  • Wildlife

Next level ranching: Rifes, Land Trust carry on beef-raising tradition for the 21st Century

SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO — Down Daniel way is a historic spread originally homesteaded by the Carl Lidbeck family in 1899.… Read More

3 hours ago
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • News

Tourism to Yellowstone boosts economies of local gateway communities

JACKSON HOLE WYO – Gateway communities dotting the perimeter of Yellowstone have long enjoyed the economic benefits of playing host—whether… Read More

6 hours ago
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • News
  • Nonprofit

FoundSpace ‘artist-in-residence’ needs help on R Park project

WYOMING – FoundSpace artist Bland Hoke could use a little help over the next few days. He is building the… Read More

7 hours ago
  • Sponsored
  • Sports

Still time for best Targhee Bike Park Pass prices

There's a reason Grand Targhee is #2 in the Top 5 Best Bike Parks in the Northwest (according to… Read More

7 hours ago
  • News
  • Politics

Never mind healthcare, government goes after robocalls to everyone’s satisfaction

WYOMING – Hardly anyone answers their phone anymore. Smartphones with caller ID have made Americans gun-shy about saying hi when… Read More

8 hours ago