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Record Freshwater Fish

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The rules for certifying a state record:

  1. The fish must be caught in Virginia waters with rod, reel, line, and hook held in hand, or with archery tackle (see Nongame Fish) where legally permitted. The angler must identify the specific waters from which the fish was caught.
  2. Although more than one angler may participate in catching a potential state record fish, only one applicant will be considered as the official record holder. Anglers should be aware, however, that world records are only granted for fish that are hooked and fought by one individual without assistance.
  3. A Department employee must witness the official weighing. Only the weight observed by the Department employee will be certified. The fish must be unfrozen, in whole condition and made available to the Department employee for a thorough examination. The fish may also be made available to the Department for further examination if deemed necessary by the Department representative.
  4. The species of the fish must be confirmed by a Department fish biologist who must inspect the fish in whole condition. (This can be accomplished subsequent to the weighing if the Department witness is not a fish biologist.)
  5. Application must be submitted within 60 days of the catch. A clear, side view photograph of the fish should accompany the application. Application is available online at www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/trophy-fish.
  6. Weighing scales must be appropriate to the size of the fish and be certified for legal commercial trade or those owned by the DGIF that have been tested for accuracy by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Weights and Measures or by certified DGIF weights. Fish under 25 pounds must be weighed on a scale capable of weighing to the ounce. Fish over 25 pounds should be weighed on scales having no greater graduations than one-half pound. When­ever scales of 8-ounce graduations are used, the fish weight will always be rounded down to the nearest one-half pound.
  7. Any potential state record fish found to contain artificial food or nonfood items in the stomach will not be recognized as a new record.
  8. No fish caught within the boundaries of, or directly influenced by, a public or private aquaculture facility or private fee fishing area will be recognized as a state record.
  9. If there is reasonable doubt regarding any aspect of the application, it may be rejected.
  10. One appeal of the Committee’s decision may be made within 60 days of notification. The appeal must be in writing to the Chairman, State Record Fish Committee, P.O. Box 90778, Henrico, VA 23228.

State Record Freshwater Fish – 5/24/2019

Species

Weight

Location

Date

Name

Black Crappie**

4 lbs. 14 oz.

Lake Conner

4-8-1967

E. L. Blackstock
Black Crappie

NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMIUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 3 LBS.

Blue Catfish

143 lbs.

Buggs Island Lake

6-18-2011

Richard Anderson
Bluegill Sunfish**

4 lbs. 8 oz.

Private Pond

2-7-70

Thomas E. Jones
Bluegill Sunfish

NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMIUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 2 LBS.

Bowfin**

17 lbs. 8 oz.

Chickahominy Lake

11-14-1964

E. C. Cutright
Bowfin

16 lbs. 8 oz.

Lake Cahoon

10-17-2004

John W. Plyler, Jr.
Brook Trout

5 lbs. 15 oz.

Cub Run

3-12-2019

Thomas Garth
Brown Trout**

18 lbs. 11 oz.

Smith River

6-22-1979

William W. Nease
Brown Trout

14 lbs. 12 oz.

South Fork, Holston

5-24-1990

Mike S. Perkins
Common Carp

49 lbs. 4 oz.

Lake Prince

6-25-1986

Jeffrey Graham
Chain Pickerel**

7 lbs. 12 oz.

Douthat Lake

1-26-1974

Glenn C. Williams
Chain Pickerel

7 lbs. 10 oz.

Lake Shawnee

12-31-1996

R. L. White
Channel Catfish**

32 lbs.

Lake Chesdin

4-28-1980

Hugh Wyatt
Channel Catfish

31 lbs. 8 oz.

Rappahannock River

10-2-1992

Sue Stanley
Coho Salmon**

8 lbs. 12 oz.

Philpott Reservoir

12-27-1971

Melvin Chilton
Flathead Catfish

68 lbs. 12 oz.

Lake Smith

5-25-2018

Jeffrey E. Dill
Freshwater Drum

29 lbs. 6 oz.

Buggs Island Lake

3-26-2018

Del Pool
Gar

25 lbs. 2 oz.

Lake Prince

5-28-1987

Roger Beaver
Hybrid Striped Bass

15 lbs. 13 oz.

Claytor Lake

3-16-2016

Don Jessie
Lake Trout**

5 lbs. 6 oz.

Philpott Reservoir

7-6-1966

Arthur A. Conner
Largemouth Bass

16 lbs. 4 oz.

Conner Lake

5-20-1985

Richard Tate
Musky (includes Tiger)

45 lbs. 8 oz.

New River

6-1-2007

Shannon Hill
Northern Pike

31 lbs. 4 oz.

Motts Run Reservoir

7-24-1994

George Wood
Rainbow Trout

14 lbs. 7 oz.

Greers Pond

6-28-1993

Michael Lowe
Redear Sunfish

4 lbs. 12 oz.

Private Pond

4-28-1986

Michael Mills
Roanoke Bass

2 lbs. 9 oz.

Western Branch Reservor

5-28-2005

Harry G. Swauger
Rock Bass

2 lbs. 2 oz.

Laurel Bed Lake

5-17-1986

Larry Ball
Sauger**

5 lbs. 8 oz.

South Holston Lake

7-2-1972

R. Stallard
Sauger

3 lbs.

Clinch River

4-24-2010

Ronald C. Davis
Saugeye

NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMIUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 6 LBS.

Smallmouth Bass

8 lbs. 1 oz.

New River

3-12-2003

Donald S. Eaton, Jr.
Spotted Bass**

6 lbs. 10 oz.

Flannagan Reservoir

3-31-1976

Joe Jett Friend
Spotted Bass

4 lbs. 10 oz.

Claytor Lake

12-17-2017

Gary Lusk
Striped Bass

53 lbs. 7 oz.

Leesville Reservoir

3-16-2000

James B. Davis
Sunfish (all other)

NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMIUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 1 LB.

Walleye**

22 lbs. 8 oz.

New River

8-20-1973

Roy G. Barrett
Walleye

15 lbs. 15 oz.

New River

12-15-2000

Anthony P. Duncan
White Bass

6 lbs. 13 oz.

Lake Orange

7-31-1989

Ron Sprouse
White Catfish

7 lbs. 6 oz.

Western Branch Reservoir

3-24-1992

Thomas F. Elkins
White Crappie

4 lbs. 10 oz.

Private Pond

4-24-1994

Justin Elliott
White Perch

3 lbs. 2 oz.

Private Pond

6-13-2012

Beau McLaughlin
Yellow Perch

3 lbs.

Flannagan Reservoir

3-8-2010

George Mullins

Archery State Record Freshwater Fish – 9/12/2019

Species

Weight

Location

Date

Name

Blue Catfish

52 lbs. 8 oz.

Aquia Creek

6-29-19

Lindy Roles, III
Bowfin

10 lbs. 12 oz.

Chickahominy River

7-31-16

Patrick Pendergrass
Carp **

60 lbs.

Private Pond

7-5-70

Ben Topham
Common Carp

45 lbs. 7 oz.

Claytor Lake

10-15-16

Hae Kim
Gar

21 lbs. 13 oz.

Lake Gaston

4-26-19

Blake Deal
Goldfish

NO ENTRY TO DATE; MINIMIUM WEIGHT TO QUALIFY IS 3 LBS.