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West Virginia State Fishing Records

Reporting Procedures For Record Fish
A record of the largest fish of each species taken by hook and line in West Virginia waters is maintained. Certificates of accomplishment are awarded for each record holder. Any angler landing a potential record breaker should report his catch to Wildlife Resources Section, Division of Natural Resources, Charleston WV, 25305.

Species
Year
Total Length (Inches)
Total Weight (Pounds)
Where Caught
Angler
Bass
Largemouth
1994 24.8 12.28 Pond (Grant County) David W. Heeter
  2001 25.75 9.62 Dog Run Lake Eli Gain
Smallmouth 1971 24.25 9.75 South Branch David Lindsay
  1976 25.5 7.5 New River Franklin J. Elliott
Rock 1964 13.8 1.75 Big Sandy Creek Warren Ryan
Spotted

1988
2000

19
19

3.82
4.77

RD Bailey Lake
RD Bailey Lake

Leonard Blankenship
Kevin Dameron

Striped Bass 2000 37.68 29.56 Bluestone Lake Terry Watkins
Hybrid Striped Bass

1985
2000

31.5
32.1
16.75
14
Kanawha River
Kanawha River
Robert Honaker
Frankie Harris
White Bass 1985 20 4.56 New River Louis Puskas
Bluegill 1964 13.75 2.25 Pond (Fayette County) Dennis Criss
  1986 11.7 2.75 Pond (Randolph County) Mark Allan Lewis
Bowfin 1994 32.25 7.54 Pond (Berkeley County) Donald E. Newcomb, III
  1994 29.38 7.66 Pond (Berkeley County) Carl A. Jaeger, III
Buffalo 1976 41 38 Little Kanawha River Hobert Null
Carp
Common
1988 41 41.5 Stonecoal Lake Charles J. Cook
  1998 39.3 47 Pond (Preston County) Gary Johnson
Grass 2002 47.1 52.5 Pond(Mason County) Joseph R. Spencer, II
Catfish
Bullhead
1977 22.75 6.1 Tygart Lake Headwaters Gary R. Freeman
Channel 1993 38 33.38 Patterson Creek Johnny J. Weatherholtz, Jr.
  1994 38.5 21.25 Lee Creek Mike C. Mace
Flathead 1956 52 70 Little Kanawha River L.L. McClung
Chain Pickerel 2001 27.75 6.19 Tuckahoe Lake Steven Demma
Crappie 1971 19.75 4.05 Meathouse Fork Leonard Edgell
Eel 1977 44 7.25 Bunker Hill Quarry Arlie R. Ruble
  1983 44.25 6.27 Elk River Steve Woods
Fallfish 1970 21.25 3.5 North Fork of South Branch James Blackwell
Freshwater Drum 1954 37 25 Little Kanawha River Bill Dawkins
1989 35.5 27 South Fork of Hughes Charles Mickel Lott

Longnose Gar

1993
2003

50.5
50.63
19.08
16.75
Kanawha River
Fish Creek
Michael Shan Casey
Brian Klug
Goldeye 1983 18.5 3 Ohio River Delbert McWilliams
Muskellunge 1997 50.37 49.75 Stonecoal Lake Anna Marsh
  2003 52.7 38.5 Stonecoal Lake Glenn Boyd
Northern Pike 1989 42.6 22.06 Dog Run Lake Boyd O. Pratt Sr
Sauger 1985 23 4.75 Ohio River Steve Powell
Saugeye 2000 26.0 7.25 Ohio River Dru Beck
  2000 27.1 6.13 East Lynn Lake Wendell Williamson
Skip Jack 1991 18.6 2.38 Ohio River Elmer Bullard
  2002 18.4 2.61 Kanawha River Steve Skeens
Tiger Musky 1994 49.25 36.5 Mountwood Lake Clyde E.Beckett
Trout 1981 23.5 4.78 Lost River Jack E. Foltz
Brook
  2004 22.25 7.64 Shavers Fork of Cheat River Gary M. Chapman
Brown 1968 32 16 South Branch Paul Barker
Golden Rainbow 1987 27.5 8.63 Stonecoal Lake Gerald Estep
  1998 26.4 9.31 Brushy Fork Lake Danny Crider
Rainbow 1993 31.7 11.74 Stonecoal Lake John P. Arnett
Tiger 1986 26 6.68 Greenbrier River John Duncan
Walleye 1976 35 15 Kanawha Falls Fred Cline
  2003 32.0 17.82 Kanawha River Steve Skeens
Yellow Perch 1971 15 1.75 Pond (Monongalia County) Stanley Bloniarz, Jr
  1985 14.5 1.83 Tygart Lake Charles Mayle




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