The white sucker caught in April is the Empire State’s first record fish of 2015.
The record fish weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounce and was caught in Steuben County’s Cold Brook by Joshua Wegner. Caught on April 14th, it outweighed the old record by five ounces.
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens, told reporters, “Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, DEC works to promote and expand access for anglers. I’d like to congratulate Mr. Wegner on this new record catch and encourage all New Yorkers to continue to utilize the great natural resources and fishing opportunities the state has to offer.”
Per regulation of DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards Program, Wegner disclosed information regarding his record fish. He reportedly caught the white sucker with a nightcrawler.
White suckers are bottom dwellers, eating insects, clams, and snails. During the spring white suckers move into shallow waters for spawning.