Stephanie Stanley, left, with the 82.05 pound blue catfish she caught Saturday at Milford Reservoir. It’s the largest of its species ever caught from a lake in Kansas. Her husband Robert Stanley, right, caught the state record blue catfish of 102.8 pounds from the Missouri River last August. COURTESY PHOTOSaturday Stephanie Stanley became the envy of anglers all across Kansas when she reeled in a 82.05 pound blue catfish at Milford Reservoir. That’s the largest of its kind officially weighed from the lake near Junction City. It’s also believed to be the largest blue catfish ever caught from any lake in Kansas.
Fish in the 40 to 50 pound range have become somewhat common at Milford, a lake that features a variety of good food sources. Most serious catfish anglers practice catch-and-release on blue catfish over about 10 pounds, too.
Stanley may have caught the biggest from the lake, but she has a long way to go to top her husband’s best. Robert Stanley holds the current state record for blue catfish at 102.8 pounds, caught from the Missouri River on August 11 of last year.
The Stanleys were fishing a Catfish Chasers fishing tournament when Stephanie Stanley caught her lake record fish on shad. They won the tournament with five fish that totalled 155.38 pounds.
The Stanleys released all of their fish on Saturday, including the new lake record, as per Catfish Chasers rules.