Two Idaho anglers who resisted the tradition of pitching non-game fish into the bushes have secured a moment of fame in the state record book.
Tyler Nimke of Harrison became the first Idaho angler to submit a large-scale sucker for the record listings last spring. The 4-pound, 11-ounce fish was caught in Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Squaw Bay.
Also last spring, 8-year-old Katie Scanlin of Boise became the first angler to record an Idaho record squawfish - a 1-pound, 6-ouncer from the Salmon River.
“There was some reluctance in the department to start adding these other fish to the records,” said Bill Horton, Idaho Fish and Game Department resident fisheries coordinator. “But I told the staff that anyone who wanted to steal the smile off that little girl’s face could be my guest.”