RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A young fisherman had quite the catch over the weekend at the Idlewild Pond
14-year-old Miguel Ruiz caught what appears to be about a 30-pound catfish, and then a smaller catfish weighing somewhere in the 20 pound range. News4 reached out to Chris Healy with the Nevada Department of Wildlife who said that not only is this a very rare catch, because catfish haven't been stocked in that pond for several years, but a fish that size could be up to 15-years-old. Currently, NDOW stocks the Idlewild pond regularly with trout.
According to Healy, the last time a catfish that big was caught in Idlewild was in 2002. The fisherman who caught the 2002 catfish currently holds NDOW's "Trophy Fish" prize for a fish caught in the Idlewild Pond. According to Healy, if Ruiz chooses to do so, he could submit his fish to be weighed by NDOW officals and he may be able to claim the "Trophy Fish" price for his catch.
Ruiz says he used chicken livers as bait and it took him 15 minutes to reel the fish in and that he took the fish home to eat it.
Healy says that a catch this size is "pretty amazing" and that the young boy is clearly a very skilled fisherman.
As a reminder, if you do want to fish at the Idlewild pond or anywhere else in Nevada, you do need a fishing license. They can be obtained online by clicking here
If you're looking to learn how to fish, you can take part in NDOW's "Free Fishing Day" on Saturday June 14. During Free Fishing Day, anglers may fish in any public fishing water in the state without needing a fishing license or trout stamp.