The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission certified six state fishing records in 2021, including the underwater spearfishing channel catfish mark that was broken twice in eight days. It was a record that had stood for more than 20 years.

Here are the records:

• Anthony Borghi of Ogallala speared a 26-pound, 9-ounce channel catfish at Box Butte Reservoir in Dawes County on June 5 to set an underwater spearfishing record.

• On June 13, Hunter Jordan of Hemingford speared a 27-pound, 5-ounce channel cat – also from Box Butte Reservoir – to set the new underwater spearfishing record.

• Brionna Schafer of Alliance set a bow-and-arrow record when she took a 6-pound, 6-ounce white sucker April 25 at Box Butte. It beat the old bow-fishing state record, which also was taken from Box Butte, by just over a half-pound.

• Marlyn Wiebelhaus of Wynot broke his own bow-and-arrow record for black buffalo July 28 when he took a 16-pound, 10-ounce fish from the Missouri River in Cedar County. His previous record was 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

• Steven Carel of DeWitt pulled a 1-pound, 14-ounce green sunfish through a hole in the ice Jan. 3 on Clatonia 3A Reservoir in Gage County to set a rod-and-reel record. He caught the fish on a waxworm. It beat, by 3 ounces, the previous mark, set in October 2020. Prior to that, the record had stood for 20 years.

• Walton Moore of North Platte, using a minnow for bait, caught the rod-and-reel record tiger trout March 11 at the inlet to Sutherland Reservoir in Lincoln County. The fish weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 25¾ inches in length.

To see a list of Nebraska’s state-record fish, visit To read the state record rules, see the 2022 Nebraska Fishing Guide at

Niemoth, Sevenker first to attain Heritage Instructor status

Nebraska Hunter Education instructors John Niemoth of Omaha and Robert Sevenker of Ord recently were recognized for their contributions to the program and became the first to achieve the honor of Heritage Instructor.

This designation was created for instructors who served the Hunter Education program for decades, providing mentor hunting, outdoors skills training, and safety instruction in their communities but who no longer are able to continue as instructors. Niemoth and Sevenker were recognized with this honor at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln.

Niemoth served in the Hunter Education program for 45 years, starting in 1974. He also was a youth fishing and boating safety instructor. His long volunteer history includes 25 years with Boy Scout camps, the Nebraska State Fair, 4-H camps, and nature programs. A former Niobrara science teacher, he was a member and presenter at the National Science Teachers Association conferences

Sevenker joined the Hunter Education program in 1975 and put in 35 years of service. He has been active in his local Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited chapters, including mentor hunts and firearm safety trainings. He is an active member of the Karp & Krow Sportsman’s Club, where he has served as president, secretary, treasurer, and served on the board of directors.