LOVELL — Doug Nixon was fishing for carp with his grandchildren when he hooked a fish much smaller but also much better: a state-record green sunfish.
Nixon, 57, of Lovell, managed to sort out a tangle in his line in landing the 0.82-pound, 10-inch sunfish at Lovell Lakes, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
"It fought hard enough that I thought it was a carp," Nixon said. "The lake is full of green sunfish, and I know there's bigger ones out there."
Uncharacteristically for a green sunfish, the fish bit on dough-ball bait.
The previous record, a fish weighing 0.67 pounds, was caught in 2001 from a pond near Kaycee.
Two anglers share the North American record with green sunfish weighing 2 pounds, 2 ounces. One record fish was caught at Missouri's Stockton Lake in 1971; the other was from a former sandpit in Cherokee County, Kan., in 1961.