Fish Records

Ohio Game Fish Records

Fish Species Angler Weight Length Girth Date Location County
Black Crappie Ronald Stone 4 lb. 8 oz. 18.125   5/24/81 Private pond  
Bluegill Sunfish Willis D. Nicholes 3 lb. 4.48 oz. 12.75   4/28/90 Salt Fork Reservoir  
Bowfin Christopher A. Boling 11 lb. 11.04 oz. 33.25   5/9/87 Nettle Lake  
Brown Trout Timothy L. Byrne 14 lb. 10.4 oz. 29.25   7/15/95 Lake Erie  
Buffalo Tim Veit 46 lb. 0.16 oz. 42   7/2/99 Hover Reservoir  
Bullhead Hugh Lawrence, Jr. 4 lb. 4 oz. 18.5   5/20/86 Private pond  
Burbot Bud Clute 17 lb. 5.28 oz. 36   12/20/99 Lake Erie  
Carp Judson Holton 50 lb. 0 oz. 40   5/24/67 Paint Creek  
Chain Pickerel Ronald P. Kotch 6 lb. 4 oz. 26.25   3/25/61 Long Lake  
Channel Catfish Gus J. Gronowski 37 lb. 10.4 oz. 41.5   8/15/92 LaDue Reservoir  
Chinook (King) Salmon Walter Shumaker 29 lb. 8 oz. 42.875   8/4/89 Lake Erie  
Coho Salmon Barney Freeman 13 lb. 10.08 oz. 34.75   12/1/82 Huron River  
Flathead Catfish Richard Affolter 76 lb. 8 oz. 58.625   7/28/79 Clendening Lake  
Freshwater Drum James S. Williams 23 lb. 8 oz. 37.125   7/21/01 Sandusky River  
Green Sunfish Edward J. Alltop 0 lb. 12 oz. 10.5   5/28/94 Private pond  
Hybrid Bass Rosemary Shaver 17 lb. 10.88 oz. 31   5/4/01 Deer Creek Lake  
Hybrid Sunfish Peggy Johnson 1 lb. 10.72 oz. 12   7/30/00 Private pond Jackson
Lake Trout Tom Harbison 20 lb. 7.84 oz. 34   4/20/00 Lake Erie  
Largemouth Bass Roy Landsberger 13 lb. 2.08 oz. 25.063   5/26/76 Private pond  
Longear Sunfish Mark Holobaugh 0 lb. 4.8 oz. 5.25   8/30/01 Big Darby Creek  
Longnose Gar Flora Irvin 25 lb. 0 oz. 49   8/31/66 Ohio River  
Muskellunge Joe D. Lykins 55 lb. 2.08 oz. 50.25   4/12/72 Piedmont Lake  
Northern Pike Chris Campbell 22 lb. 6.08 oz. 43   10/3/88 Lyre Lake  
Pumpkinseed Sunfish Terry Rush 0 lb. 12 oz. 9.5   1/6/01 Private pond  
Rainbow Trout Mike Shane 20 lb. 15.52 oz. 36.5   10/2/96 Lake Erie  
Redear Sunfish Bert Redman 3 lb. 9.28 oz. 15   10/2/98 Private pond Licking
Rock Bass George A. Keller 1 lb. 15.52 oz. 14.75   9/3/32 Deer Creek, near London  
Sauger Bryan Wicks 7 lb. 4.96 oz. 24.5   3/10/81 Maumee River  
Saugeye Brian W. Bang 12 lb. 13.44 oz. 28.75   1/26/02 Alum Creek Lake Delaware
Smallmouth Bass Randy Van Dam 9 lb. 8 oz. 23.5   6/16/93 Lake Erie  
Spotted Bass Roger Trainer 5 lb. 4 oz. 21   5/2/76 Lake White  
Striped Bass Mark Chuifo 37 lb. 1.6 oz. 41.25   7/2/93 West Branch Reservoir  
Sucker Wayne Gleason 9 lb. 4 oz. 27.5   8/3/77 Leesville Lake  
Tiger Muskellunge Ronald P. Kotch 31 lb. 8 oz. 47   4/22/99 Turkeyfoot Lake  
Walleye Tom Haberman 16 lb. 3.04 oz. 33   11/23/99 Lake Erie  
Warmouth Rich Campitalli 1 lb. 0 oz. 9.879   9/6/94 Private pond  
White Bass Ira Sizemore 4 lb. 0 oz. 21   7/1/83 Gravel pit  
White Crappie Kyle Rock 3 lb. 14.4 oz. 18.5   8/25/95 Private pond  
White Perch John Nause 1 lb. 6.72 oz. 14.063   5/3/88 Green Creek  
Yellow Perch Charles Thomas 2 lb. 12 oz. 14.5   4/17/84 Lake Erie  

I think I caught a record-breaker! What now?

  • To prevent loss of weight, don't clean or freeze the fish. Keep the fish cool - preferably on ice.
  • Take a picture of the fish.
  • Get the fish weighed as soon as possible on a certified scale (found in grocery or hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by an observer. Get an affidavit from the store if no FWS official is present. Measure the length.
  • Contact the nearest FWS office to have the fish positively identified and to determine if it is a state record.
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