JACKSON (AP) — A Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologist has netted a huge Utah sucker from in Jackson Lake that would have been a state record if he had been using a hook and line.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Monday that Clark Johnson captured the sucker while using a gill net to catch and count lake trout in October. It weighed 9.25 pounds, compared with the Wyoming record for a line-caught sucker, which is 8.25 pounds.
Johnson says he released the fish back into the lake.
Utah suckers are a native species, but Wyoming manages them as nongame fish. There are no limits or seasons for nongame fish, and they can be taken by bow and other unconventional means.