Record Bass Caught in Wyoming
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 1, 2018
Bass fishing in Wyoming just got a bit more competitive.
An eleven and a half pound fish was caught May 10 just north of Sheridan. The record largemouth bass shattered the old record from March of 1992 by nearly 4 pounds. Caleb Salzman, a Sheridan College freshman, landed the memorable catch which has astounded fish biologists and bested the state record of not just all surrounding states, but several Midwest states, too. The bass measured 24.5 inches long with a 20.75-inch girth.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department adds that although the record will always legally be listed at “11.51 pounds,” the documents could have read 12 pounds or even a little more had the fish been officially weighed the evening it was caught. Salzman said the bass weighed “12 and a half pounds” on a “cheap” tackle box scale that night. Game and Fish staff say the fish certainly lost several ounces to dehydration before being officially weighed the next morning.
Paul Mavrakis, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s fisheries supervisor in Sheridan, likened catching a largemouth bass of this size to shooting a 400-inch bull elk in a general license public land area.