Catfishing photo

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.

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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.