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STATE RECORD FISH

Pennsylvania State-Record Fish Rules and ApplicationBiggest Fish Caught in Pennsylvania

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides) Donald Shade, Waynesboro, PA11 lb. 3 oz.Birch Run Reservoir, Adams Co.1983

Bass, Rock (Ambloplites rupestris) David L. Weber, Lake City, PA3 lb. 2 oz.Elk Creek, Erie Co.1971

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieui) Robert T. Steelman, Havertown, PA8 lb. 8 oz.Scotts Run Lake, Berks Co.1997Image

Bass, Striped – Inland (Morone saxatilis) Robert Price, Huntingdon, PA53 lb. 12 oz.Raystown Lake, Huntingdon Co.1994Image

Bass, Striped – Marine (Morone saxatilis) Donald J. Clark, Boothwyn, PA53 lb. 13 oz.Delaware River, Delaware Co. 1989Image

Bass, White (Morone chrysops)Robert H. Hornstrom, Meadville, PA4 lb. 0 oz.Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co.2002Image

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) Tom Twincheck, Blairsville, PA2 lb. 9 oz.Keystone Lake, Armstrong Co.1983

Carp, Common (Cyprinus carpio) George Brown, Saltillo, PA52 lb.Juniata River, Huntingdon Co.1962

Catfish, Bullhead (Ameiurus spp.) Ian C. Radler, Palmerton, PA4 lb. 10 oz.Beltzville Lake, Carbon Co.2011 Image

Catfish, Channel (Ictalurus punctatus) Austin E. Roth III, Bowmanstown, PA35 lb. 3 oz.Lehigh Canal, Northampton Co.1991

Catfish, Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris) Michael Wherley, Fayetteville, PA66 lb. 6 oz.Lake Aldred, Lancaster County2024 Image – Press Release

Crappie – White crappie (Pomoxis annularis) or Black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) Richard A. Pino, Covington, PA4 lb. 3 oz.Hammond Lake, Tioga Co.2000 Image

Drum, Freshwater [Sheepshead] (Aplodinotus grunniens) Tim Rogers, Finleyville, PA19 lb. 14 oz.Monongahela River, Washington Co.1994

Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) Lewis Walker, Jr., Meadville, PA54 lb. 3 oz.Conneaut Lake, Crawford Co.1924 Image

Perch, White (Morone americana) James Clark, Philadelphia, PA1 lb. 12 oz.Delaware River, Delaware Co.2008 Image

Perch, Yellow (Perca flavescens) Kirk Rudzinski, Erie, PA 3 lb. 0 oz. Lake Erie, Erie Co. 2021Image

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Pickerel, Chain (Esox niger) Dave Wilson, Honesdale, PA8 lb. 15 oz.Long Pond, Wayne Co.2002 Image

Pike, Northern (Esox lucius) Carl Stoltz, Bradford, PA35 lb.Allegheny Reservoir, McKean Co.2003 Image

Salmon, Atlantic – Landlocked Lake (Salmo salar)Brian Keller, Altoona, PA17 lb. 2 oz.Raystown Lake, Huntingdon Co.2001 Image

Salmon, Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Gregory Lasko, Erie, PA28 lb. 15 oz.Lake Erie, Erie Co.1990

Salmon, Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Jack Scheirer, McMurry, PA15 lb. 5 oz.Lake Erie, Erie Co.1985

Salmon, Pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) David A. Rabatin4 lb. 8 oz.Elk Creek, Erie Co.1995 Image

Sauger (Sander canadensis) Tim Waltz, Williamsport, PA4 lb.Susquehanna River, Lycoming Co.2001 Image

Shad, American (Alosa sapidissima) Anthony Mecca, Peckville, PA9 lb. 9 oz.Delaware River, Pike Co.1986

Suckers (Family Catostomidae) Raymond C. Szalewicz, Titusville, PA12 lb. 14 oz.Allegheny River, Forest Co.2003 Image

Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis)Vonada Ranck, Watsontown, PA7 lb.Fishing Creek, Clinton Co.1996

Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta) Robert J. Ferraro, Erie, PA20 lb. 9 oz.Lake Erie, Erie Co.2020Image

Trout, Golden Rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Eli Borger, Palmerton, PA 13 lb. 8 oz.Mahoning Creek, Schuylkill Co.2008Image

Trout, Lake (Salvelinus namaycush)Keith Miller, Cranberry, PA31 lb. 13 oz.Lake Erie, Erie Co.2019Image

Trout, Rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Dennis L. Clouse, Bethlehem, PA15 lb. 6 oz.Jordan Creek, Lehigh Co.1986

Trout, Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)Corey T. Brown, Osterburg, PA20 lb. 3 oz.Walnut Creek, Erie Co.2001Image

Walleye (Sander vitreus)Richard E. Nicholson, Connellsville, PA18 lb. 1 oz.Youghiogheny River, Fayette Co.2021Image

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