Feb. 20, 2002
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has certified a recent
sauger catch by a Pennsylvania angler as new state record.
A 4-pound sauger from the Susquehanna River in Lycoming County was a
record-setter for Tim Waltz of Williamsport.
Waltz hooked the 21 ¼ inch-long sauger November 11 while casting with
an artificial lure. Waltz’s fish supplants a 3-pound, 15-ounce sauger
that had topped the records listing for 15 years. The previous record
fish was landed in 1987 from the Allegheny River, Allegheny County.
Pennsylvania certifies state records based on total body weight.
Potential record fish must exceed the established benchmark by at
least one ounce, as weighed on a certified scale. 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.