Current WV Catfish Records

Discussion in 'WEST VIRGINIA RIVER TALK' started by catfishguy, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. catfishguy

    catfishguy New Member

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    Current Catfish records copied directly from the WVDNR website. Some of the records are very obtainable. I know what my goals are for next year!!!:wink:

    Catfish

    Blue
    2005 Length 36.5 Weight 24.37 Ohio River Sam Morrison

    Bullhead
    1977 Length 22.75 Weight 6.1 Tygart Lake Headwaters Gary R. Freeman

    Channel
    2005 Length 40.3 Weight 33.42 Patterson Creek Michael Sears

    Flathead
    1956 Length 52.0 Weight 70.0 Little Kanawha River L. L. McCLung
     
  2. Jacksmooth

    Jacksmooth Member

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    Caught on May 5th 2008
    A state record blue catfish was caught by Chad Bright of Henderson in Mason County. He caught the 36.85-inch, 27.2-pound fish from Krodel Lake in Mason County using a live crayfish. Bright’s catch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight and length.
     

  3. catfishguy

    catfishguy New Member

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    I guess they need to upgrade their site. They are usually a year behind. Thanks for the info though.
     
  4. mankind

    mankind New Member

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    hey i don't know 2 yrs ago a guy c
    aught a 65lb flat out of guyandott river:wink:
     
  5. catfishguy

    catfishguy New Member

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    I want my name on that list! I have one question. On the DNR website it lists all these restrictions on catch and release. You can only have so many fish in your possession, you can only have them out of the water for so long, blah, blah, blah. My question is how do you even get a state record fish weighed and recognized as a state record. If they want you to release the fish, there is no way to get it officially weighed. Anybody able to make sense of it for me?
     
  6. catfishguy

    catfishguy New Member

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    Mankind, couldn't you have stuffed some sinkers in the belly of the flattie?! Five dollars worth of sinkers = new state record!:wink:
     
  7. Jacksmooth

    Jacksmooth Member

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    I found that on the dnr website in the current news section.
    The only way I know to get a record verified and still release the fish is to have a livewell. Unless you can get the dnr or a game biologist to come right out to where your fishing.
     
  8. catfishguy

    catfishguy New Member

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    So, until I get a boat, I'm kind of screwed if I do catch a big fish. That's reason enough for me to get a boat.:smile2:
     
  9. Jerry60k

    Jerry60k Member

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    I have kept large fish around 40 lbs alive for hours on end using a nylon stringer.I even transported a 48 inch Flathead from Kan River all the way to a private impoundment in Roane county once and it lived.
     
  10. mankind

    mankind New Member

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    they are a hardy fish if you keep them cool you can transport a good ways:wink: