A 14-year-old boy from Wyoming had no idea what he had reeled in out of Wyoming’s North Platte River – after all, it was only about 10 inches long (10.1 to be precise) and weighed less than half a pound.
No idea that was, until a nearby fisherman suggested he might be holding a record sized stonecat. Colton Bustillos, the young angler who reeled the tiny catfish in, soon had his stonecat entered in the state record books, as it was the first stonecat to ever be submitted for record consideration. The .35 lb fish is now Wyoming’s current record-holder for stonecats.
The stonecat (noturus flavus) is a small species of catfish that can grow as large as 12 inches and weigh as much as a pound. However, specimens that large are rarely caught. Typically stonecats range between four and eight inches and weigh around a quarter-pound.