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Record Freshwater Fish

Common
Name

Weight

lbs. oz.

Location Caught

Angler

Year Caught

American Eel

10

3

Shetucket River, Norwich

Charles J. Lobacz

1993

American Shad

9

4

Connecticut River, Windsor

Edward Cypus

1981

Bluegill

2

4

Private Pond, Madison

Daniel Gesner

1996

Brook Trout

9

3

Blackwells Brook, Brooklyn

David Andes

1998

Brown Bullhead

4

15

Prospect Pond, Southington

Robert Richey

1990

Brown Trout

19

0

West Hill Pond, Barkhamsted/New Hartford

James M. Lucas II

2014

Brown Trout (Sea-run)

10

8

Saugatuck River, Westport

Ronald J. Merly

2006

Calico Bass

4

0

Pataganset Lake, East Lyme

James M. Boos

1974

Chain Pickerel

8

9

West Twin Lake, Salisbury

Alden L. Foss

2005

Channel Catfish

29

6

Mashapaug Lake, Union

Appleton Barrows

2004

Common Carp

43

12

Connecticut River, Middletown

Michael Hudak

2012

Fallfish

2

4

Farmington River, Simsbury

Chad Tessman

2012

Kokanee

2

14

East Twin Lake, Salisbury

Tom Pasko

2011

Lake Trout

29

13

Wononscopomuc Lake, Salisbury

Dr. Thompson

1918

Largemouth Bass

12

14

Mashapaug Lake, Union

Frank Domurat

1961

Northern Pike

29

0

Lake Lillinonah, Brookfield

Joseph Nett

1980

Pumpkinseed

1

3

Lake Marie, Windham

Robyn Rogers

1973

Rainbow Trout

14

10

Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Mansfield

Michael V. Ludlow

1998

Rock Bass (tie)

1

3

Colebrook Reservoir, Colebrook

Ernie Gonsalves

1989

Shenipsit Lake, Tolland

James Bonan

1995

Smallmouth Bass

7

12

Shenipsit Lake, Tolland

Joseph Mankauskas, Jr.

1980

Tiger Trout

7

14

Quassapaug Lake

Jerry Barth

2011

Walleye

15

4

Beach Pond, Voluntown

Vincent Deledda

2015

White Catfish

12

12

Connecticut River, Middletown

John L. Shatas

1999

White Perch

2

15

Candlewood Lake, New Fairfield

Don Loftus, Jr.

1996

Yellow Perch

2

13

Black Pond, Woodstock

Miller B. Bassett

1973

Looking to GET THE LEAD OUT?

Lead is a metal which, in sufficient quantities, can negatively affect the nervous and reproductive systems of animals and humans. Most fishing jigs and sinkers have historically been made with lead.

Wildlife such as eagles, loons, and other waterfowl can be poisoned by lead they’ve consumed. Hooked fish can ingest or retain attached lead fishing tackle such as hooks and jigs, and become a potential pathway of lead exposure for predatory birds consuming fish containing such lead fishing gear. In addition, lost or discarded lead fishing weights and other lead fishing tackle of smaller sizes can be ingested by wildlife, particularly dabbling and diving water birds such as swans, ducks, geese and loons.

There are alternatives to lead, made from non-poisonous materials such as tin, bismuth, steel, tungsten and glass that are available at established sporting goods retailers and on the internet. These will be more expensive than lead, but will be more environmentally benign, and as demand continues to grow, prices are expected to drop.

Consider asking for non-lead alternatives when purchasing new tackle or replacing old.

Websites for more information on lead sinkers include: