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Idaho Man Just Caught the New Largescale Sucker State Record

An Idaho man just topped the state's 12-year-old largescale sucker record.

Dave Gassel of Meridian, Idaho, was ice fishing on Lake Cascade, a reservoir known for producing big perch. However, the lake has also given up its share of big suckers too. In fact, the previous largescale sucker record was caught out of the same lake.

Gassel's fish weighed in at 9.04 pounds, besting Patrick Perry's 8.42-pounder from 2005.

Lake Cascade also produced the catch-and-release state record for largescale sucker when Gary Hardesty caught a 27.7-incher. Idaho has six different native sucker species.

The state has produced several new records this year. Not only was a 19.25-pound rainbow trout caught out of the Boise River, but the new world record for cutbow trout was pulled from Idaho's American Falls Reservoir, weighing in at 34 pounds, 11 ounces.

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