SMHS Grad Catches State Record Fish

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Shelby Green does not fish for bullhead.

The fish, she said, is not popular among anglers.

So when she took time to fish on Hauser Lake last week, she didn’t plan to catch “a monster bullhead.” But that is exactly what she did.

Shelby Green displays the photo of the record bullhead she caught Dec. 17. The fish weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

Shelby Green displays the photo of the record bullhead she caught Dec. 17. The fish weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

The fish, which weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 25 inches long, broke the state record for largest bullhead recorded.

“I was actually trying to catch a walleye,” she said.

Described by her father as a “fishing fool,” Ms. Green has enjoyed the sport since she was young. She said her passion for fishing was instilled in her by her father, Roy. Growing up in St. Maries, she went fishing with her father and her brother, Wes, often.

“I’ve been fishing since I was literally a toddler. When I was in diapers, they took me fishing,” she said.

Ms. Green said she is quite competitive when it comes to fishing. She entered one derby when she was 14 in Harrison and won in most of the categories.

“I usually out fish everybody I go with,” she said.

So it was quite embarrassing, Ms. Green said, to catch a fish as lowly as the bullhead for a record. She caught the fish Dec. 17. She was at Hauser Lake near Post Falls because she had heard from others there were walleye. When the fish first bit on her second cast, Ms. Green thought she had hooked a perch.

“You can tell a lot by the way a fish bites,” she said. “I thought it was a perch and I set the hook and then I couldn’t feel it anymore. I thought I missed it. I was actually bummed because I never miss.”

While she was reeling in her line, she felt a dead weight. She said as she reeled the line in she could see that she actually had a fish on the line.

“When I got it up onto the shore, my thought was this is a giant bullhead,” she recalled. “I had caught a few ice fishing and they were all pretty small. Bullheads are generally not that big. So when I saw this one, it was the biggest I had seen. I knew it was huge.”

She put the fish in her bucket and took it to Idaho Fish and Game. Staff there told her it was indeed a large fish breaking the previous recorded record of 3 pounds, 14 ounces.

“They also had me fill out an application to submit it for the new record,” she said. “It is the first record I’ve ever broken.”

After she graduated from St. Maries High School in 2011, Ms. Green attended Lewis Clark State College. She is the daughter of Roy Green and Taresa Green. She works in Coeur d’Alene as a nurse and visits her family in St. Maries often during the weekends.

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