Helena man catches state record longnose sucker at Hauser

PHIL DRAKE

When Jonathan Miller caught a longnose sucker on May 10 at Hauser Reservoir, he tossed it in the back of his truck and got back to fishing for walleye.

His friend, Todd Smitham, caught a glimpse of the fish, Miller recalled Wednesday, and said that it looked pretty big. 

He was right.

Miller, a 26-year-old Helena resident, has caught a longnose sucker that breaks the state record for the third time in less than 15 months, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Wednesday, adding he used a jig to land his 4.78-pound, 22 1/4-inch fish.

Miller and his friend weighed the fish with the friend’s scale. They then called the friend’s mother, who works for FWP, and she talked them through what to do. They then got the fish weighed by a certified scale, Miller said.

Miller, who works at Boeing and also works part-time at Capital Sports, said he plans on getting his fish mounted.

“Not many people regard sucker fish that high,” he said, adding they are usually used as bait for other fish.

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