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Great Falls Man Sets New State Record for Blue Sucker


Courtesy MT FWP

A Great Falls man hooked into a little-known native Montana fish in mid-April on the Marias River near Loma and set a new state record.

On April 19, Jason Karls landed a 13.29-pound blue sucker, breaking the old record set in 2014 by almost two pounds. Karls’ catch measured 34.56 inches long.

The blue sucker is one of nine members of the sucker family, all native to Montana. The common carp, which is not native to Montana, is not a sucker but a member of the minnow family.

The blue sucker’s natural distribution is in the Missouri-Mississippi river system from Montana e...

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