DNR: Record breaking sucker fish caught in the Kalamazoo River

Published On: Sep 17 2012 03:56:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2012 03:57:30 PM EDT

Department of Natural Resources

Bryan DeGoede displays his recording breaking catch, a 37-and-a-half pound sucker fish caught in the Kalamazoo River.

ALLEGAN, Mich. -

It's big and ugly -- and it's a state record.

At 37-and-a-half pounds and just over 39 inches long, the Black Buffalo sucker Bryan DeGoede shot with an arrow in the Kalamazoo River in Allegan is the heaviest taken from state waters.

MLive.com reports Monday that DeGoede caught the game fish just before midnight on Sept. 5 below the Allegan Dam in West Michigan.

The fish bested the previous record set May 19, 2004, on the Grand River in Ottawa County.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources qualifies state records by weight only.

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