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70-year-old South Dakota catfish record voided

Two experts said the 1949 catfish had been misidentified as the wrong species.

PIERRE, S.D. (KCAU) – The 70-year record for the channel catfish in South Dakota has now been voided. 

Two experts ruled that the catfish caught by Roy Groves in 1949 had been misidentified. 

Geno Adams, Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) fisheries program administrator, said that many anglers actually believe it was a blue catfish. He said to verify it, he sent the picture to two South Dakota State University fisheries professors and fish identification experts. 

As a result of identifying the catfish, there is no longer a state record for channel catfish. The South Dakota GFP has announced what they are calling "Catrush 2019." Through the social media push, they hope to increase interest in catfish and also make people aware of anglers and their record fish. 

"Currently the state record channel catfish doesn't exist. Our hope is that people target channel catfish and we have the state record broken multiple times in the next few weeks,” Adams said. “I will go through the state record applications by the date and time the applications were submitted. We will be keeping the public informed through our Facebook page and our state record fish webpage. We think it will be a fun way to create interest in catfishing.”

Anyone who believes they have a record fish is asked to follow the state's guidelines. Those can be found by clicking here.  


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