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Pennsylvania's Biggest Fish of 2015
Angler Award Program Summary
Top Fish Submitted for each Category

bullet You MUST submit an application to the Commission's Angler Award Program to be considered for this listing.
bullet These are the largest 5 fish, by weight, submitted in the Senior Angler, Junior Angler and Catch & Release categories only.
bullet Lists are not provided for Husky Musky and First Fish categories.
bullet Note weights and sizes are not verified, all submissions accepted on the honor system.
bullet Note for Catch & Release Category: This list is based on weight. If no weight estimate was provided, then your fish may not appear in this list. The PFBC provides length-weight estimations for most species and these lists can be found here: http://fishandboat.com/fishes.htm. Should catch and release anglers not have scale available on-the-water, then these estimates can be used and included on the angler award application.
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BASS, LARGEMOUTH
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Frank H. Bole V Monroeville Keystone Lake 7/20 Berkley Havoc 9 lb. 8 oz. 20.75 16
Wade Rickard Honesdale Lake Wallenpaupack 8/13 Fake Frog 9 lb. 3 oz. 24.5 18.5
Nathan Blackwood Butler Lake Arthur 6/23 Alewife 8 lb. 7 oz. 23.5 17.5
Kim Kehs Mohrsville Lake Ontelaunee 5/10 Trick Worm 8 lb. 7 oz. 24.5 17.5
Nathan Blackwood Butler Lake Arthur 6/27 Alewife 8 lb. 5 oz. 24.25 22
BASS, ROCK
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Curtis E. Silk Jr Wrightsville Lake Marburg 5/26 Nightcrawler 1 lb. 3 oz. 12 -
John E. Rotto Sr North Apollo Pymatuning Reservoir 6/21 Shiner 15 oz. 9.25 10.5
Raymond Fortuna III Glenshaw Allegheny River 8/23 Spinner 12 oz. 6 -
Chad M. Umbaugh New Kensington Yellow Creek Lake 5/3 Minnow 8 oz. 9.25 7.5
Julie Umbaugh New Kensington Raystown Lake 6/16 Shiner 6 oz. 8.5 7
BASS, SMALLMOUTH
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
William Tyler Pittsburgh Keystone Lake 12/13 Creek Chub 7 lb. 10 oz. 23.5 18.25
William Tyler Pittsburgh Keystone Lake 12/14 Creek Chub 7 lb. 9 oz. 23 17
Austin Saville Oil City Justus Lake 6/29 Bluegill 6 lb. 15 oz. 24.75 17.5
Barry Buchecker Neffs Lake Wallenpaupack 6/29 Cotton Cordell Big O 6 lb. 5 oz. 22 -
Jeffrey J. Trimber Moon Twp Tionesta Reservoir 8/14 Jig 6 lb. 2 oz. 22.25 -
BASS, STRIPED—LAKE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
John H. Muir Kunkletown Beltzville Lake 7/4 Trout 29 lb. 40.5 -
Tom Williams Bethlehem Lake Wallenpaupack 4/26 Thunderstick 23 lb. 38 20
Ben Gervinski Hollidaysburg Lake Arthur 8/22 Nightcrawler 7 lb. 1 oz. 23.5 -
Ron Aglio West Newton Lake Arthur 7/3 Shiner 6 lb. 10 oz. 23.5 -
Fred Exley Belle Vernon Lake Arthur 7/3 Shiner 6 lb. 10 oz. 23 -
BASS, STRIPED—MARINE
No submissions
BASS, WHITE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Barry Fink Venetia Lake Erie 8/16 Storm 2 lb. 2 oz. 15 13
John Rotto Jr North Apollo Lake Erie 6/20 Shiner 1 lb. 13 oz. 16 11.5
Landon Sysock New Albany Lake Erie 8/23 Storm 1 lb. 10 oz. 15 11
John E. Rotto Sr North Apollo Pymatuning Reservoir 7/11 Shiner 1 lb. 3 oz. 14.5 9.5
Nathan Sosinski Bridgeville Ohio River 8/20 Minnow - 14.5 -
BLUEGILL
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
John Rotto Sr North Apollo Crooked Creek Lake 5/31 Nightcrawler 1 lb. 7 oz. 11.5 12.5
Chad Umbaugh New Kensington Crooked Creek Lake 5/31 Nightcrawler 1 lb. 4 oz. 11.25 11.5
John Rotto Sr North Apollo Crooked Creek Lake 5/31 Nightcrawler 1 lb. 2 oz. 11 11.5
Chad Umbaugh New Kensington Crooked Creek Lake 5/31 Nightcrawler 1 lb. 1 oz. 11 11
David K Miller Loganton Hills Creek Lake 6/19 Grub 14 oz. 10.25 10.5
CARP
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
John Rotto Jr North Apollo Yellow Creek 7/2 Bread 47 lb. 6 oz. 49 -
John Rotto Sr North Apollo Pymatuning Reservoir 5/25 Bread 38 lb. 7 oz. 40 -
Duane E. Kopera Patton Glendale Lake 5/28 Dough Ball 38 lb. 4 oz. 44 10.5
John M. Zelko Steelton Swatara Creek 6/13 - 31 lb. 14 oz. 37.63 25.25
Michael Martinez Philadelphia Delaware River 10/8 Bread 29 lb. 4 oz. 34 26
CATFISH, BULLHEAD
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Phil Stoneback Souderton Lake Nockamixon 6/13 Rubber Worm 2 lb. 1 oz. 15.75 -
Joshua Zelko Steelton Conewago Lake 6/11 Bowfishing 1 lb. 10 oz. 14 9.25
Julie Umbaugh New Kensington Sinnemahoning Lake 5/24 Fathead 1 lb. 8 oz. 14 9
Chad Umbaugh New Kensington Yellow Creek Lake 5/20 Shiner 1 lb. 4 oz. 14 9
Ian Buday Johnstown Glendale Lake 6/29 Nightcrawler - 14 -
CATFISH, CHANNEL
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Daniel Krivanek Bridgeville Raccoon Lake 8/12 Minnow 22 lb. 36 -
Howard H. Cool Jr Littlestown Long Arm Dam 10/24 Shrimp 16 lb. 10 oz. 32 20
Ruel A. Root IV Titusville Lake Erie 9/23 Minnow 15 lb. 8 oz. 36 19
Karyn V. Rapp Pen Argyl Delaware River 7/19 Cut Bait 15 lb. 8 oz. 28.5 16
Stephen Dombrowski Girard Lake Erie 10/5 Minnow 14 lb. 14.5 oz. 32.75 20
CATFISH, FLATHEAD
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Charise Moser Tamaqua Susquehanna River 10/15 Sunfish 46 lb. 8 oz. 46 27
Austin Sutliff Warren Susquehanna River 11/1 Rock Bass 44 lb. 8 oz. 45.5 26.5
William Terry Jr Southwick Susquehanna River 7/4 Sunfish 42 lb. 8 oz. 45 26.5
Andrew Publicover Sunbury Susquehanna River 8/25 Sunfish 40 lb. 8 oz. 45 26.5
Chuck E. Kennedy Belle Vernon Susquehanna River 6/6 Bluegill 40 lb. 6 oz. 43 27
CATFISH, WHITE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Perry S. Focht Blandon Ontelaunee Lake 2/14 Minnow 14 lb. 31 -
John E. Rotto Sr North Apollo Lake Arthur 8/16 Minnow 7 lb. 6 oz. 24.75 -
CRAPPIE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Corinne Price Moon Twp Lake Wilhelm 7/3 Hot & Tot 4 lb. 17.5 14
Carl Stokes Upper Blk Eddy Lake Wallenpaupak 4/29 Grub 4 lb. 17 -
Jason M. Tomko Harrisburg Ontelaunee Lake 2/6 Minnow 3 lb. 14 oz. 18.75 15.38
Jason Tomko Harrisburg Ontelaunee Lake 2/4 Minnow 3 lb. 4 oz. 18 15
Darrell Lenn Jr New Castle Shenango Lake 6/10 Minnow 3 lb. 18 -
DRUM, FRESHWATER (SHEEPSHEAD)
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Joe Pinkle Ellwood City Lake Erie 7/14 Jig 14 lb. 8 oz. 24.75 -
David Murphy Philippi, WV Lake Erie 6/6 Crankbait 11 lb. 3 oz. 26 18
Chad Umbaugh New Kensington Allegheny River 6/11 Minnow 9 lb. 12 oz. 28 18
Landon Sysock New Albany Lake Erie 7/12 Storm 9 lb. 12 oz. 28 18.5
Kerri Ann O' Connor Venetia Youghiogheny River 7/3 Minnow 9 lb. 9 oz. 28.75 18.75
MUSKELLUNGE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Lauren Corba Exton Marsh Creek 8/15 Bucktail 48 lb. 50 30
Paul L W. Manners Brookville Allegheny River 6/27 Creek Chub 35 lb. 51.75 22
Carole R. Semonik Ambridge Pymatuning Lake 8/29 Rapala 29 lb. 14 oz. 48 22.25
John M. Zelko Steelton Swatara Creek 4/25 Bluegill 17 lb. 5 oz. 40 18
Nicholas Colangelo Pittsburgh Allegheny Watershed 2/9 Shiner - 53 29
 
MUSKELLUNGE, TIGER
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Matt Klein Lebanon Conawago Creek 4/19 Minnow - 42 -
Michael Yannick Hummelstown Susquehanna River 9/27 Jerkbait - 52 22
Charles Way Front Royal, VA Curwensville Lake 7/5 Hot Tail - 40 -
Andrew Way Dallastown Curwensville Dam 7/5 Electric Bunny - 43 -
PERCH, WHITE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Alyssa Camarata Glen Mills Octoraro Reservoir 5/9 Nightcrawler 1 lb. 13 8.5
Freedom Mimnall Wrightsville Lake Williams 6/10 Nightcrawler - 10 -
PERCH, YELLOW
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Evan Esper Altoona Glendale Lake 12/12 Nightcrawler 2 lb. 8 oz. 14.75 7.25
Robert Herman Wattsburg Lake Erie 6/30 Minnow 1 lb. 15 oz. 14 10.25
Rob Mizikowski Erie Presque Isle Bay 3/26 Minnow 1 lb. 12 oz. 15 11.25
David Moore Renovo Lake Erie 8/24 Minnow 1 lb. 12 oz. 14.5 11.75
Scott J. Hayes Erie Presque Isle Bay 3/28 Shiner 1 lb. 9 oz. 14.5 9
PICKEREL, CHAIN
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Joseph A. Phillips Canonsburg High Point Lake 10/26 Jig & Minnow 5 lb. 25 9.5
Ronald Nederostek Slatington Lake Wallenpaupack 12/27 Trout 5 lb. 26.5 -
Garry Shook Hawley Lake Wallenpaupack 3/25 Minnow 4 lb. 14 oz. 26 13
Dennis M. Lubas Reading Lake Ontelaunee 1/17 Shiner 4 lb. 12 oz. 25.5 10.75
Alex Richner Houtzdale Curwensville Dam 7/5 Rebel Fatrap 3 lb. 2 oz. 25.5 8.75
PIKE, NORTHERN
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Raymond J. Labertew Pittsburgh Lake Erie 5/2 Minnow 20 lb. 40 -
Edward R. Kickler Verona High Point Lake 2/11 Shiner 19 lb. 4 oz. 41 20.25
Mark Emanuele Oakmont High Point Lake 1/20 Shiner 16 lb. 1 oz. 40.25 18
Stanley Fischli Farmington Youghiogheny River 5/2 Shiner 13 lb. 8 oz. 39 -
Ashley F. Dressler McClure Walker Lake 8/23 Cut Bait 13 lb. 1 oz. 39 14.5
SALMON, CHINOOK
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Edward T. Prihode McKeesport Lake Erie 8/8 Reef Runner 8 lb. 12 oz. 27 14.5
SAUGER
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
No submissions
SHAD, AMERICAN
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Dave Bausch Mohrsville Delaware River 5/2 Spoon 4 lb. 11 oz. 22 -
STEELHEAD
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Mike Felix Danville 20 Mile Creek 4/5 Minnow 11 lb. 8 oz. 31 19
Matthew Umbrell Dry Run Lake Erie 8/13 Storm 11 lb. 2 oz. 33 19
Thomas Hudock Latrobe Elk Creek 11/1 Sucker Spawn 10 lb. 10 oz. 30 16.25
John P Peckman Reading 12 Mile Creek 11/12 Egg Sack 10 lb. 6 oz. 29 17.25
Bradley Porter Jefferson Hills Elk Creek 10/11 Little Cleo 8 lb. 8 oz. 29 14.5
SUCKERS
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
John B. Zelko Steelton Swatara Creek 6/10 - 5 lb. 8 oz. 22.5 13
Chad Umbaugh New Kensington Crooked Creek Spillway 6/5 Nightcrawler 3 lb. 14 oz. 21.5 12
Keagan Zelko Steelton Elk Creek 5/1 Nightcrawler 3 lb. 5 oz. 24 14.5
John M. Zelko Steelton Swatara Creek 4/25 - 2 lb. 6 oz. 17 9.25
TROUT, BROOK
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Feller Heider Butler Millstone Creek 4/30 Powerbait 5 lb. 4 oz. 18.5 15.25
Robert Bodnar Sigel West Branch Millstone Creek 4/29 Minnow 5 lb. 3 oz. 19 15
Stacey Smith Bolivar Kinzua Creek 4/25 Salmon Egg 4 lb. 14 oz. 19.5 16.5
John Jackson Pleasant Gap Blue Jay Creek 5/18 Minnow 4 lb. 12 oz. 19.5 13.5
Steven S. Barnett East Hickory East Hickory Creek 5/7 Minnow 4 lb. 11 oz. 22 16
TROUT, BROWN
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
James Burns Fairview Presque Isle Bay 4/8 Jig 13 lb. 30.5 18
John R. Descaro Uniontown Lake Erie 10/28 White Power 12 lb. 6 oz. 28.5 19
Billy Eash Johnstown Yellow Creek 12/7 Salmon Egg 12 lb. 31 17.5
William A. Runyan Jr Rivesville, WV Trout Run 10/28 Super Duper 10 lb. 13 oz. 29.75 16.5
John A. Emerick Connellsville Walnut Creek 9/30 - 10 lb. 10 oz. 29.25 16
TROUT, GOLDEN RAINBOW
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Jacob Soback Bloomsburg Harveys Lake 4/18 Spinner 9 lb. 8 oz. 26 16.5
Joseph J. Smith Kutztown Ontelaunee Creek 4/5 Powerbait 7 lb. 8 oz. 24.25 15.75
Scott Johnson Greensburg Chest Creek 4/19 Egg Fly 7 lb. 8 oz. 26.5 15
Steve Long Mifflinburg Powell Creek 3/28 Minnow Rig 7 lb. 4 oz. 24 18
Mark J. Hope Meadville Little Sugar Creek 4/25 Wax Worm 7 lb. 24 14.5
TROUT, LAKE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Andrew Frantz Monaca Lake Erie 5/10 Spoon 26 lb. 10 oz. 37 23.5
Stanley E. Indyk West Mifflin Lake Erie 5/15 Spoon 25 lb. 35.75 23.5
Terry Wainwright Hunkers Lake Erie 5/22 Spoon 25 lb. 35 22
Vincent A. Strobel New Stanton Lake Erie 8/29 Spoon 20 lb. 4 oz. 34 19.25
Mark Gibson Allison Park Lake Erie 8/22 Spoon 18 lb. 4 oz. 35.5 22.25
TROUT, RAINBOW
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Wes Powell Cumberland, MD Evitts Creek 4/19 Spinner 9 lb. 2 oz. 25.5 17
Jake Davis Indiana Millstone Creek 4/11 Wax Worm 9 lb. 24 18
Shane Moore Hershey Hoegstown Run 5/15 Trout Magnet 7 lb. 8 oz. 24 17.5
John Meiszner Philadelphia Neshaminy Creek 4/29 Rooster Tail 7 lb. 4 oz. 23.5 15
Adrian Jerabek McKees Rocks Kings Creek 4/18 Nightcrawler 6 lb. 10 oz. 25 -
WALLEYE
Angler Hometown Water Date Bait Weight Length
(inches)
Girth
(inches)
Gregory F. Klingensmith Leechburg Allegheny River 12/10 Rapala 14 lb. 6 oz. 32.25 20
Bobby Rogers Prosperity Monongahela River 9/23 Night Crawler 13 lb. 6 oz. 33 18.5
Joseph R. Deferrari Jr North Versailles Allegheny River 12/3 Jig 11 lb. 8 oz. 30.5 19
Justin Beam Finleyville Lake Erie 5/29 Worm Harness 11 lb. 8 oz. 29.5 17.5
Dean Knapp Kennerdell Allegheny River 6/30 Minnow 11 lb. 8 oz. 33 16.5
John A. Barron III Canonsburg Allegheny River 5/15 Swimbait - 33 17
 

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