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Pennsylvania State Record Chain Pickerel

February 20, 2002

Pennsylvania Chain PickerelThe Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has certified a recent chain pickerel catch by a Pennsylvania angler as new state record.

An 8-pound, 14.8-ounce pickerel taken by ice fisherman Dave Wilson of Honesdale breaks an old record.

The former mark of 8 pounds dates back to a 1937 catch from Shohola Falls, Pike County. The pickerel record had been the second-oldest of the official Pennsylvania state records. A 54-pound, 3-ounce musky landed in 1924 has the distinction of being the oldest state record catch.

Wilson hooked his record-smashing catch January 17 while ice fishing using a tip-up baited with a minnow at the Commission Long Pond lake in Wayne County. The fish measured 30 inches long.

To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to the public without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds, fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by club members or their guests do not qualify. Potential record fish must exceed the established benchmark by at least one ounce, as weighed on a certified scale. The fish must be examined by a Commission biologist or Waterways Conservation Officer.



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