It may not be a sexy fish, but Montana State University freshman Sam Shelton still got his name in the record books in August with the 1.02-pound, 11.6-inch long yellow bullhead he caught in a backwater slough along the Yellowstone River in June. The fish is a nonnative in Montana and is only found in the Yellowstone and Powder rivers. It is a member of the catfish family.
Shelton is no stranger to titles. He grew up in Billings where he was a state champion wrestler. He’s also an all-around outdoorsman who loves to hunt with a rifle, shotgun and bow, as well as fish for everything from paddlefish and sturgeon in the warmwater fisheries of Eastern Montana, to trout streams in the west using a fly rod.
Going to school in Bozeman, he’s looking forward to exploring some new rivers and mountain ranges. Tops on his list is the Madison.
Post written by Brett French, Billings Gazette Outdoors Editor
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