TOPEKA, Kan. — A Topeka, Kansas man has his name etched into the state history books with a new record-breaking catch out of a local reservoir.

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks says Thayne Miller caught a smallmouth buffalo weighing in at 64.75 pounds, measuring 45.25 inches long and with a girth of 35 inches.

Miller caught the monster fish on April 27 out of Clinton Reservoir near Lawrence using bowfishing equipment.

KDWP says the last state record in Kansas for smallmouth buffalo was set in 1979 by Scott Butler, of Lawrence, when he pulled in a 51-pound, 41-inch smallmouth buffalo from a private farm in Douglas County.

A fish can end up as a new Kansas state record if it meets the following requirements:

  • The fish is caught by a licensed angler using legal means
  • The fish is identified by a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks district fisheries biologist or regional fisheries supervisor
  • The fish is weighed on a certified scale prior to being frozen
  • The fish is photographed, in color, and a state record application is filled out
  • The mandatory 30-day waiting period has passed.

Another state record was broken recently when Bobby Parkhurst, of Topeka, shattered a 60-year-old record for white crappie earlier this year.