Record fish caught in West Virginia

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(WOWK) – Anglers the world over gather regularly for fishing derbies to see who can land the biggest catch. But record-breaking fish can be caught at any time, weighed on an International Game Fish Association-certified scale at any number of tackle shops or marinas, and compared to the IGFA’s online records database. Sport-fishing enthusiasts can even have their own scales certified by the IGFA for a $40 fee.

Stacker compiled a list of record fish caught in West Virginia using data from Land Big Fish. Fish pictured are not the actual record catch. Keep reading to see which bodies of water in your state hold some of the most massive fish around.

09MOEQ Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Bluegill Sunfish

– Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz- Length: 11.7″- Location: unknown pond- Record set by Mark A. Lewis in 1986

23J4N8 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Bowfin

– Weight: 9 lbs 4 oz- Length: 28.43″- Location: Ohio River backwater- Record set by Matt Stender in 2006

10XNLC Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Brook Trout

– Weight: 7 lbs 62 oz- Length: 21.75″- Location: Cheat River- Record set by Robert Anthony Starkey in 2004

0700575NZ Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Brown Trout

– Weight: 16 lbs 0 oz- Length: 32″- Location: South Branch- Record set by Paul Barker in 1968

742JPS Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Buffalo

– Weight: 38 lbs 0 oz- Length: 41″- Location: Little Kanawha River- Record set by Hobert Null in 1976

36RLJ6 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Bullhead

– Weight: 6 lbs 1.6 oz- Length: 22.75″- Location: Tygart Lake Headwaters- Record set by Gary R. Freeman in 1977

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14caD6LE Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Carp

– Weight: 47 lbs 0 oz- Length: 39.3″- Location: unknown pond- Record set by Gary Johnson in 1998

22FTIH Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Chain Pickerel

– Weight: 6 lbs 3.04 oz- Length: 27.75″- Location: Tuckahoe Lake- Record set by Steven Demma in 2001

040055BNBQ Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Channel Catfish

– Weight: 33 lbs 6.72 oz- Length: 40.3″- Location: Patterson Creek- Record set by Michael Sears in 2005

58AB6W Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Crappie

– Weight: 4 lbs 0.8 oz- Length: 19.75″- Location: Meathouse Fork- Record set by Leonard Edgell in 1971

1133MDP Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Fallfish

– Weight: 3 lbs 8 oz- Length: 21.25″- Location: North Fork South Branch Potomac River- Record set by James Blackwell in 1970

16004529HN Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Flathead Catfish

– Weight: 70 lbs 0 oz- Length: 52″- Location: Little Kanawha River- Record set by L.L. McClung in 1956

263E18 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Freshwater Drum

– Weight: 27 lbs 0 oz- Length: 35.5″- Location: South Fork Hughes River- Record set by Charles M. Lott in 1989

59057YD Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Golden Trout

– Weight: 9 lbs 4.96 oz- Length: 26.4″- Location: Brushy Fork Lake- Record set by Danny Crider in 1998

43RUG7 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Goldeye

– Weight: 3 lbs 0 oz- Length: 18.5″- Location: Ohio River- Record set by Delbert McWilliams in 1983

39YN7L Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Grass Carp

– Weight: 71 lbs 11.04 oz- Length: 50.75″- Location: Warden Lake- Record set by William R. Taucher in 2005

37ZBWT Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Hybrid Bass

– Weight: 14 lbs 0 oz- Length: 32.1″- Location: Kanawha River- Record set by Frankie Harris in 2000

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01ZNOB Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Largemouth Bass

– Weight: 9 lbs 9.92 oz- Length: 25.75″- Location: Dog Run Lake- Record set by Eli Gain in 2001

290XBO0 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Longnose Gar

– Weight: 19 lbs 1.28 oz- Length: 50.5″- Location: Kanawha River- Record set by Michael S. Casey in 1993

25FYRDO Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Muskellunge

– Weight: 49 lbs 12 oz- Length: 50.37″- Location: Stonecoal Lake- Record set by Anna Marsh in 1997

08005FRWB Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Northern Pike

– Weight: 22 lbs 0.96 oz- Length: 42.6″- Location: Dog Run Lake- Record set by Boyd O. Pratt Sr. in 1989

02rainbow4CIT Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Rainbow Trout

– Weight: 11 lbs 11.84 oz- Length: 31.7″- Location: Stonecoal Lake- Record set by John P. Arnett in 1993

198WS8 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Rock Bass

– Weight: 1 lbs 12 oz- Length: 13.8″- Location: Big Sandy Creek- Record set by Warren Ryan in 1964

170023PLAP Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Sauger

– Weight: 4 lbs 12 oz- Length: 23″- Location: Ohio River- Record set by Steve Powell in 1985

42QTJD Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Saugeye

– Weight: 6 lbs 15.04 oz- Length: 25.75″- Location: East Lynn Lake- Record set by Ferrel Mills in 1996

91VA3M Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Skipjack Herring

– Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz- Length: 18.9″- Location: Ohio River- Record set by Christian Pyles in 2000

03DW6I Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Smallmouth Bass

– Weight: 9 lbs 12 oz- Length: 24.25″- Location: South Branch- Record set by David Lindsay in 1971

28WKFL Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Spotted Bass

– Weight: 4 lbs 12.32 oz- Length: 19″- Location: RD Bailey Lake- Record set by Kevin Dameron in 2000

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1103VC2I Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Striped Bass

– Weight: 45 lbs 11.2 oz- Length: 47.16″- Location: Bluestone Lake- Record set by James Brooks in 2010

103UFV7 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Sturgeon

– Weight: 12 lbs 8 oz- Length: 40″- Location: Ohio River- Record set by Emmett Wheeler in 1949

20L2WA Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Tiger Muskellunge

– Weight: 36 lbs 8 oz- Length: 49.25″- Location: Mountwood Lake- Record set by Clyde E. Beckett in 1994

5392ZI Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Tiger Trout

– Weight: 10 lbs 10.4 oz- Length: 28.7″- Location: Krodel Lake- Record set by Mike Connolly in 2011

05w27150R6 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Walleye

– Weight: 17 lbs .82 oz- Length: 32″- Location: Kanawha River- Record set by Steve Skeens in 2003

12ZU22 Record fish caught in West Virginia

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White Bass

– Weight: 4 lbs 8.96 oz- Length: 20″- Location: New River- Record set by Louis Puskas in 1985

0600837CH0J Record fish caught in West Virginia

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Yellow Perch

– Weight: 1 lbs 0 oz- Length: 15.25″- Location: Pond- Record set by Joshua D. Carr in 2008

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