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14-Year-Old Boy Catches Wyoming's First Record Stonecat

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April 18, 2012

14-Year-Old Boy Catches Wyoming's First Record Stonecat

By Chad Love

It's not often that a 10-inch long fish and a 14-year-old boy make history, but that's exactly what happened recently in Wyoming when Colton Bustillos reeled in a .35-pound stonecat from the North Platte River, and became the first person to hold Wyoming's state record for the diminutive fish.

From this story on kulr8.com:

A 14-year-old Torrington boy is now in the Wyoming state fish record book. The state Game and Fish Department says Colton Bustillos caught a stonecat last month from the North Platte River near Torrington. The catch was 10.1 inches long and weighed .35 pounds. Torrington game warden Jon Stephens verified the fish was a stonecat and that it was the first entry in Wyoming for that species, making it the new state record.

Colton, who had been fishing in the river most of the winter, caught his stonecat using a crappie rig with worms. The stonecat is a small catfish that grows up to 12 inches in length. In Wyoming, it is found in the North Platte, Belle Fourche, Powder, Tongue, and Bighorn River drainages.

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from stick500 wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

Good job Colton!

I've been trying to get the WI DNR to list Creek Chubs as a species for state records so I could be the first top dog! LOL

The didn't go for it......

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

Awesome! I hope he's addicted. Keep at it Colton, there's always a bigger fish in there somewhere!

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from jamesti wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

never even heard of a stonecat! congrats!

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from Mathiashunter wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

Dang! I wish they would have had a picture of him with it. Congrats Colton!

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

Awesome! I hope he's addicted. Keep at it Colton, there's always a bigger fish in there somewhere!

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from jamesti wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

never even heard of a stonecat! congrats!

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from Mathiashunter wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

Dang! I wish they would have had a picture of him with it. Congrats Colton!

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from stick500 wrote 1 year 52 weeks ago

Good job Colton!

I've been trying to get the WI DNR to list Creek Chubs as a species for state records so I could be the first top dog! LOL

The didn't go for it......

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