International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
2.4 kg. ,   5.2 lbs.
Sucker, Utah    Catostomus ardens
Record Category: Women Speargun

Diver: Shelby Lynn Peterson
Date: 6/4/2022

My husband Ryan and I went diving on the first day a local lake opens for spearfishing. We were targeting trout. Utah suckers were nearing the end of their spawn and in abundance. Around 3 pm I dove onto a shelf 20 ft down near the shore. There were almost instantly several suckers that came to investigate me. I then noticed a larger-than-average sucker not moving just in front of the rock that I had perched on. I was not shooting any of the Utah Suckers that day as my target species was trout, but I knew this one was most likely a record size. To save my spear tip I nudged the sleeping sucker's tail so she would swim a bit away from me and out of the rocks. It worked, the fish swam up and away, right in front of my speargun. I made a solid shot right behind the head. I am so pleased that my instincts turned out to be correct, she was indeed a record-sized fish.

©Copyright 2013 International Underwater Spearfishing Association