Riverton angler sets 2 Wyoming fishing records in April

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Twice in April, Wyoming angler Patrick Edwards set two new state fishing records.

On April 2 the Riverton man broke the state record for longnose sucker when he caught a 3-pound, 15.6-ounce fish. The old record was set in 2022 by Christopher Bobo of Casper at 2 pounds, 11.3 ounces. It marked the third consecutive year the longnose sucker record was broken.

Then on April 17, Edwards broke his own state record for white sucker with a 6-pound, 8.45-ounce fish. His old record from March 2020 was 5 pounds, 6.45 ounces.

“Living in Wyoming my whole life and being an avid angler, I never thought I would have one state record — let alone two,” Edwards said.

Both record fish were caught along the same stretch of the Wind River. Edwards said he used a pickerel rig, which consists of a slip sinker, hook, another section of line and another hook. Each hook was baited with a piece of worm.

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Edwards didn’t know right away his longnose sucker was a record because he wasn’t sure what he caught. He knew it wasn’t a white sucker.

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