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Record Fish, June 10, 2010 by whitetips
June 10, 2010, 10:21 am
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Finally getting around to the first Nebraska state record fish update for 2010.

I have 3 new record fish to tell you about and would you believe they were all taken from Box Butte Reservoir?  Yep, it is true.  Water levels have improved somewhat at Box Butte this spring and I believe that has created some opportunities to take these fish.

Without further adieu let me get to the details.

White Sucker

The first new record fish for 2010 is a white sucker taken by hook & line from Box Butte Reservoir on April Fools Day.  Brian Pankonin of Chadron caught the 5 pound 14 ounce sucker on a Mepps Spinner.  I have to tell you it took me this long to certify Brian’s record because his original paperwork got lost in the mail!  Thank goodness Brian got back with our Alliance regional office and we got the paperwork done, again.  Also, thankfully I saved a picture of Brian’s sucker the first time I saw it posted on the internet, .

This white sucker actually shattered our existing white sucker hook & line state record by over 2 pounds!  The all-tackle world record white sucker recognized by the National  Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame,, is a 7 pound 4 ounce fish, so our new state record white sucker is right up there, a truly impressive specimen.

European Rudd

At the end of April, April 30, Jacob Beal of Alliance caught another hook & line state record fish from Box Butte.  Jacob’s fish was a European rudd.  I do not have a picture of the new hook & line state record rudd, if you want to see what one looks like you can see the previous hook & line record, also taken from Box Butte just last year, here, .  European rudd as the name says, are an exotic invader from Europe.  They are a species of minnow and are closely related to our native golden shiners.  Both golden shiners and European rudd are occasionally taken by hook & line, usually on some small bait.  This rudd was caught on a leech.  The new record rudd beat out the existing record by 5 ounces, so the record now stands at 2 pounds 12 ounces.  Can that record be pushed higher?  I have no idea; a almost 3 pound rudd is an awefully big minnow, but who knows?

Common carp

Lastly, we have a new surface-spearing state record common carp.  This 23 pound 8 ounce fish was also taken from Box Butte Reservoir by Mark Schafer of Alliance; it was speared on May 17.

You can see that Mark’s fish has the “unusual” scale pattern commonly referred to as “mirror carp”.  Common carp have some unusual scale patterns where they have less than the usual number of evenly-spaced scales.  Fish like the one pictured above are called “mirror carp”; there are common carp that have no scales and are referred to as “leather carp”.  I mention this because it creates some confusion; “mirror carp”, “leather carp” and even the multi-colored “koi” are all just common carp–Cyprinus carpio.  For record keeping purposes we only recognize records by species or in some cases F1 hybrids (e.g. tiger muskellunge, wiper, saugeye); we do NOT recognize separate records for mirror carp or leather carp.  This new surface spearfishing state record is clearly a mirror carp, but it is still ole Cyprinus carpio, common carp.

Which brings up something else you will be interested in:  I saw another picture of a bunch of carp that had been speared at Box Butte this spring.  That picture caught my eye because every carp laying there was a mirror carp!  Now I told you that the mirror carp scale pattern was somewhat “unusual”, but apparently Box Butte Reservoir is full of them!  I mentioned this to Al Hanson, our fisheries supervisor for that region of the state, and Al told me that all the carp they see at Box Butte are mirror carp!  I know of no one who has examined the genetics of mirror carp, but it sounds like we have an isolated population there at Box Butte that have become almost, if not entirely, mirror carp.  So, if you are looking for a mirror carp, you might want to head out the the northwest corner of Nebraska and see what you can come up with.  This new surface spearing state record common carp only edged the old record by 4 ounces (that fish was taken in 2005), and I am betting there are even bigger carp out there.

If you need more information on state record fish, how to have a state record certified, etc., do a search for state records here on my forum and you will see several previous posts on the topic.  Congratulations to our new state record holders!  It will take us a little while, but your certificates will be coming in the mail.

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thanks a lot for the information

Comment by slr 35mm cameras

CORRECTION!!! Brian just let me know that we made a mistake. His white sucker was caught from the Chadron City Ponds, not Box Butte! Sorry for the mistake, Brian, and thanks for letting me know!

Daryl B.

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