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Instructions and rules are listed at the bottom of this page (also included on the state record fish application).
Bass, Largemouth
(Micropterus salmoides)
bulletno image of record fish available
Donald Shade
Waynesboro, PA
11 lb. 3 oz. Birch Run Reservoir
Adams Co.
1983
Bass, Rock
(Ambloplites rupestris)
bulletno image of record fish available
David L. Weber
Lake City, PA
3 lb. 2 oz. Elk Creek
Erie Co.
1971
Bass, Smallmouth
(Micropterus dolomieui)
bulletImage of record fish
Robert T. Steelman
Havertown, PA
8 lb. 8 oz. Scotts Run Lake
Berks Co.
1997
Bass, Striped - Landlocked Lake
(Morone saxatilis)
bulletImage of record fish
Robert Price
Huntingdon, PA
53 lb. 12 oz. Raystown Lake
Huntingdon Co.
1994
Bass, Striped - Marine
(Morone saxatilis)
bulletImage of record fish
Donald J. Clark
Boothwyn, PA
53 lb. 13 oz. Delaware River
Delaware Co.
1989
Bass, White
(Morone chrysops)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Robert H. Hornstrom
Meadville, PA
3 lb. 15.7 oz. Conneaut Lake
Crawford Co.
2002
Bluegill
(Lepomis macrochirus)
bulletno image of record fish available
Tom Twincheck
Blairsville, PA
2 lb. 9 oz. Keystone Lake
Armstrong Co.
1983
Carp, Common
(Cyprinus carpio)
bulletno image of record fish available
George Brown
Saltillo, PA
52 lb. Juniata River
Huntingdon Co.
1962
Catfish, Bullhead
(Ameiurus spp.)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Ian C. Radle
Palmerton, PA
4 lb. 10 oz. Beltzville Lake
Carbon Co.
2011
Catfish, Channel
(Ictalurus punctatus)
bulletno mage of record fish available
Austin E. Roth III
Bowmanstown, PA
35 lb. 2.5 oz. Lehigh Canal
Northampton Co.
1991
Catfish, Flathead
(Pylodictis olivaris)
bulletImage of record fish
James R. Shabrach, Jr.
Boyertown, PA
48 lb. 6 oz. Blue Marsh Spillway
Berks Co.
2006
Crappie
White crappie (Pomoxis annularis) or
Black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Richard A. Pino
Covington, PA
4 lb. 2.88 oz. Hammond Lake
Tioga Co.
2000
Drum, Freshwater [Sheepshead] (Aplodinotus grunniens)
bulletno image of record fish available
Tim Rogers
Finleyville, PA
19 lb. 14 oz. Monongahela River
Washington Co.
1994
Muskellunge
(Esox masquinongy)
bulletno image of record fish available
Lewis Walker, Jr.
Meadville, PA 
54 lb. 3 oz. Conneaut Lake
Crawford Co.
1924
Perch, White
(Morone americana)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
James Clark
Philadelphia, PA
1 lb. 12 oz. Delaware River
Delaware Co.
2008
Perch, Yellow
(Perca flavescens)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Jeffrey Matts
Erie, PA
2 lb. 11 oz. Presque Isle Bay
Erie Co.
2010
Pickerel, Chain
(Esox niger)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Dave Wilson
Honesdale, PA
8 lb. 14.8 oz Long Pond
Wayne Co.
2002
Pike, Northern
(Esox lucius)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Carl Stoltz
Bradford, PA
35 lb. Allegheny Reservoir
McKean Co.
2003

Salmon, Atlantic - Landlocked Lake (Salmo salar)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release

Brian Keller
Altoona, PA
17 lb. 2 oz. Raystown Lake
Huntingdon Co.
2001
Salmon, Chinook
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
bulletno image of record fish available
Gregory Lasko
Erie, PA
28 lb. 15 oz. Lake Erie
Erie Co.
1990
Salmon, Coho
(Oncorhynchus kisutch)
bulletno image of record fish available
Jack Scheirer
McMurry, PA
15 lb. 5 oz. Lake Erie
Erie Co.
1985
Salmon, Pink
(Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)
bulletImage of record fish
David A. Rabatin 4 lb. 8 oz. Elk Creek
Erie Co.
1995
Sauger
(Sander canadensis)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Tim Waltz
Williamsport, PA
4 lb. Susquehanna River
Lycoming Co.
2001
Shad, American
(Alosa sapidissima)
bulletno image of record fish available
Anthony Mecca
Peckville, PA
9 lb. 9 oz. Delaware River
Pike Co.
1986
Suckers
(Family Catostomidae)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Raymond C. Szalewicz
Titusville, PA
12 lb. 14.4 oz. Allegheny River
Forest Co.
2003
Trout, Brook
(Salvelinus fontinalis)
bulletno image of record fish availablebulletNews release
Vonada Ranck
Watsontown, PA
7 lb. Fishing Creek
Clinton Co.
1996
Trout, Brown
(Salmo trutta)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Fazle Buljubasic
Erie, PA
19 lb. 10 oz. Walnut Creek
Erie Co.
2000
Trout, Golden Rainbow
(Oncorhynchus mykiss)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Eli Borger
Palmerton, PA
13 lb. 8 oz. Mahoning Creek
Schuylkill Co.
2008
Trout, Lake
(Salvelinus namaycush)
bulletImage of record fish (lo res) (hi res)
bulletNews release
Todd Young
Nazareth, PA
29 lb. 4 oz. Lake Erie
Erie Co.
2012
Trout, Rainbow
(Oncorhynchus mykiss)
bulletno image of record fish available
Dennis L. Clouse
Bethlehem, PA
15 lb. 6.25 oz. Jordan Creek
Lehigh Co.
1986
Trout, Steelhead
(Oncorhynchus mykiss)
bulletImage of record fishbulletNews release
Corey T. Brown
Osterburg, PA
20 lb. 3 oz. Walnut Creek
Erie Co.
2001
Walleye
(Sander vitreus)
bulletno image of record fish available
Mike Holly
Bradford, PA
17 lb. 9 oz. Allegheny Reservoir
Warren Co.
1980
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State-Record Fish Program
Rules
NOTE: To be considered for a state record, all rules and conditions must be met and all information requested must be provided. The Commission reserves the right to reject incomplete or false applications and to request additional information beyond that on the application.
  1. Only those fish on the official state-record fish listing will be recognized. This list is published on the PFBC web site (above) and is available from PFBC offices and official measuring stations.
     
  2. Fish will be weighed to the nearest ounce. The new fish weight must exceed the current state-record weight by 2 ounces or more to be considered as a new record.
     
  3. Fish must be weighed on a scale certified legal for trade. The fish weight must be recorded to the nearest ounce. Fractions of an ounce should be rounded to the nearest ounce. The scale must display a valid current seal and identification number. A printout (or sticker) from the scale should be included with the application. One person, not including the angler or any companions accompanying the angler at the time of catch, or the scale operator, must witness the weighing and sign and date the application.
     
  4. Fish must be caught in Pennsylvania waters open to the public without charge, fee, special permission or membership. Waters open to the public are those waters open without condition, restriction or requirement set forth by the landowner or lessor. Farm and private ponds, regulated fishing lakes, ponds or stream sections or waters restricted to use by club members or their guests are not considered open to the public, even if no fee is charged.
     
  5. Fish must be caught by legal methods during legally open seasons on the water where the fish was taken. There is no catch-and-release category for state-record fish.
     
  6. Length and girth measurements must be made with a metal ruler or tape measure. Measurements must be made by an official measuring station or authorized employee of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
     
  7. Fish identification must be verified by Fish & Boat Commission staff. The fish must be made available in a fresh or frozen state, and made available for further follow-up examination by other PFBC staff as needed.
     
  8. Photographs:

    a. All entries must include a clear side-view color photograph of the fish. Fins should be spread open as much as possible. Electronic images may be submitted in addition to the color print, but are not required.

    b. Applicants are encouraged to submit photographs of the angler and the catch. These photographs are not required.
     
  9. Application must be received within 60 days of the catch.
     
  10. Fish caught by licensed resident and nonresident anglers are eligible. Fish must be caught, hooked and played by one angler, and that angler must be named on the application. Assistance is permissible when landing or boating the fish.
     
  11. Completed application must be sworn to and properly notarized. Incomplete forms may disqualify entrants. Missing information will delay the application review.
     
  12. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission reserves the right to further investigate the identification, methods used in catching and the accuracy of measuring and weighing. It also reserves the right to reject any application.
     
  13. Each entry becomes the property of the Fish & Boat Commission, including all publication rights. The information contained on the application and accompanying photograph may be used in, but not limited to, press releases, web site, published articles and promotional materials. Photographs will not be returned.
     
  14. Parental signature is required when the applicant is under 18 years of age.

The Commission reserves the right to reject incomplete or false applications and to request additional information beyond that on the application.

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