Michigan Bigmouth Buffalo Record
Wikipedia – The bigmouth buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus) also known as the gourd head, redmouth buffalo, buffalo fish, bernard buffalo, roundhead, or brown buffalo, is a large species of the Catostomidae or “sucker” family. The bigmouth buffalo is a dull brownish olive color with dusky fins. Like other suckers it has a long dorsal fin, but unlike others it has a large oblique and terminal mouth. It is the largest of the buffalo fish and reaches a length of more than 4 ft (1.2 m) and 65 lb (29 kg) in weight.

An angler from Madison Heights, Michigan has set the state’s first fishing record of 2017 after catching a 27-pound, 35.25-inch bigmouth buffalo. Roy Beasley was bow-fishing the morning of May 13 on the River Raisin in Monroe County when he caught the behemoth, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

State records are recognized by weight. To qualify for a record, fish must exceed the current listed state record weight, and a DNR fisheries biologist must make identification.

Beasley isn’t new to making the record books. He held the previous bigmouth buffalo state record for a catch he made on the Detroit River in 2008. That fish weighed 24.74 pounds and measured 34.5 inches.

Bow-fishing involves using specialized archery equipment to shoot fish. 

“More and more, people are enjoying the sport of bow-fishing and recognizing the thrill it can offer those who pursue it,” said Sara Thomas, the DNR’s Lake Erie Management Unit manager. “The river system in southeast Michigan offers ample opportunity to catch rather large fish — a huge congrats to Mr. Beasley for having broken this record twice.”

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