NGPC certifies six new state fishing records in 2021

Camping and fishing at Lake McConaughy SRA. Mark Dolan, Gray Stripes, Cortez, CO; Charles (shirtless), Shelly and Krista (daughter) Nell; Jacob Livingston, white shirt. credit: NE Game and Parks.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Game and Park Commission has certified six new state fishing records in 2021.

Records broken include the spearfishing channel catfish mark, which was broken twice in eight days. The previous record stood for more than twenty years according to NGPC.

The six new certified records

On January 3, Steven Carel of DeWitt set a new rod and reel record at Clatonia Reservoir 3A in Gage County. Carel caught a one-pound, 14-ounce green sunfish through a hole in the ice. The fish broke the previous record by 3 ounces.

On March 11, Walton Moore of North Platte set a new rod and reel record for tiger trout at Sutherland Reservoir in Lincoln County. Moore caught a tiger trout weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 25¾ inches in length.

On April 25, Alliance’s Brionna Schafer broke the bow and record arrow when she took a 6-pound, 6-ounce white sucker at Box Butte.

On June 5, Anthony Borghi of Ogallala broke the spearfishing record when he speared a 26-pound, 9-ounce channel catfish at Box Butte Reservoir in Dawes County.

On June 13, Hunter Jordan broke the second spearfishing record of 2021. Jordan speared a 27-pound, 5-ounce catfish from Box Butte Reservoir.

On July 28, Marlyn Wiebelhaus of Wynot broke her own bow and arrow record for the black buffalo. Wiebelhaus caught a 16-pound, 10-ounce fish from the Missouri River in Cedar County. The previous record was 7 pounds and 15 ounces.

A complete list of Nebraska record fish is available at


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