VERMILLION RIVER, S.D. (KELO) — In less than a week, the state record for a channel catfish has been broken.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department announced Russell Hirschman has the latest state record with a 15-pound, 4-ounce channel catfish. Hirschman used a hot dog to land the 30-inch fish Thursday.
The new records for channel catfish comes after the GFP voided a 70-year-old record of a 55-pound catfish by Roy Groves in 1949. Experts deemed that catfish had been misidentified and was a blue catfish.
To qualify a fish for a state record, the GFP says the fish needs to be weighed on a certified scale — usually found at a local grocery store, butcher, fish shop or post office. Then, a fisheries staff member will need to verify the species. More instructions can be found online at the GFP website.
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