Every Ohio State Fishing Record

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Ohio is home to approximately 50,000 small lakes and ponds. The state also contains numerous rivers and creeks.

With that much water, it goes without saying that Ohio is also home to some quality fishing. Whether you are fishing on one of the best lakes in Ohio or plying your craft at a private pond, there are countless places to fish in the Buckeye State!

As with many other states, Ohio’s state record fish have been caught over numerous decades. Some of the longer standing records include the chain pickerel and longnose gar, which were both landed in the 1960s.

But it gets even more impressive! George A Keller’s Ohio state record rock bass, caught on Deer Creek near London, has stood since 1932!

That said, Ohio has also seen numerous records established more recently. The yellow perch, hybrid striped bass, and northern pike were all caught between 2011 and 2017.

List of Every Ohio State Fishing Record

SpeciesPoundsLengthLocationNameDate
Bass, Hybrid Striped18.3231.75″Deer Creek Lake feeder creekRichard A. Knisley, Washington Court HouseMay 24, 2015
Bass, Largemouth13.1325 1/16″Farm PondRoy Landsberger, KensingtonMay 26, 1976
Bass, Rock1.9714 3/4″Deer Creek near LondonGeorge A Keller, DaytonSeptember 3, 1932
Bass, Smallmouth9.523.5Lake ErieRandy Van Dam, Kalamazoo, Mich.June 16, 1993
Bass, Spotted5.2521″Lake WhiteRoger Trainer, WaverlyMay 2, 1976
Bass, Striped37.141 1/4″West Branch ReservoirMark Chuifo, RavennaJuly 2, 1993
Bass, White421″Gravel pitIra Sizemore, CincinnatiJuly 1, 1983
Bluegill3.2812 3/4″Salt Fork ReservoirWillis D. Nicholes, Quaker CityApril 28, 1990
Bowfin11.6933 1/4″Nettle LakeChristopher A. Boling, MontpelierMay 9, 1987
Bullhead4.2518 1/2″Farm PondHugh Lawrence Jr., KeeneMay 20, 1986
Burbot17.3336″Lake ErieBud Clute, ChardonDec.20, 1999
Carp (Common)5040″Paint CreekJudson Holton, ChillicotheMay 24, 1967
Catfish, Blue9654 1/2″Ohio RiverChris Rolph, WilliamsburgJune 11, 2009
Catfish, Channel37.6541 1/2″LaDue ReservoirGus J. Gronowski, ParmaAug. 15, 1992
Catfish Shovel/Flathead76.558 5/8″Clendening LakeRichard Affolter, New PhiladelphiaJuly 28, 1979
Crappie, Black4.518 1/8″Private LakeRonald Stone, WoosterMay 24,1981
Crappie, White3.918 1/2″Private PondKyle Rock, ZanesvilleApril 25, 1995
Drum, Freshwater (Sheepshead)23.537 1/8″Sandusky RiverJames S. Williams, FremontJuly 21, 2001
Gar, Longnose2549″Ohio RiverFlora Irvin, CincinnatiAugust 31, 1966
Muskellunge55.1350 1/4″Piedmont LakeJoe D. Lykins, PiedmontApril 12, 1972
Muskellunge, Tiger31.6447″Turkeyfoot LakeMatt Amedeo, AkronApril 28, 2006
Perch, White1.7214 1/8″Lake ErieTerry R. Patton, GalionJanuary 29, 2011
Perch, Yellow2.8615 3/4″Lake ErieDavid Berg, MentorApril 18, 2016
Pickerel, Chain6.2526 1/4″Long LakeRonald P. Kotch, AkronMarch 25, 1961
Pike, Northern22.7845″McKarns LakeTroy Klingler, StrykerOct. 26, 2016
Salmon, Chinook29.542 7/8″Lake ErieWalter Shumaker, AshtabulaAugust 4, 1989
Salmon, Coho13.6334 3/4″Huron RiverBarney Freeman, KansasDec.1, 1982
Salmon, Pink3.0620 1/8″Conneaut CreekAndy Janoski, Chagrin FallsSept. 24, 2004
Sauger7.3124 1/2″Maumee RiverBryan Wicks, MaumeeMarch 10, 1981
Saugeye14.0430 1/8″Antrim LakeRoger Sizemore, OrientNovember 24, 2004
Sucker, Buffalo46.0142″Hoover ReservoirTim Veit, GalenaJuly 2, 1999
Sucker, (other than buffalo)9.2527 1/2″Leesville LakeWayne Gleason, WellsvilleApril 3, 1977
Sunfish, Green1.211″Richland Co. Farm PondSue Ann Newswanger, ShiohMay 13, 2018 
Sunfish, Hybrid*2.0312 1/4″Champaign County Farm PondRay Durham, MechanicsburgJuly 21, 2003
Sunfish, Longear0.418″Greene County gravel pitKevin Shanks, BellbrookApril 22, 2012
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed1.10 10 1/2″Portage County Farm PondScott Boykin, UniontownJune 12, 2009
Sunfish, Redear3.5815″Licking County farm PondBert Redman, NewarkOctober 2, 1998
Sunfish, Warmouth1.3210 3/4″Mahoning County Farm PondDouglas Koenig, SalemJuly 19, 2009
Trout, Brown14.67527 1/4″Lake ErieRobert D Cammpbell, Dunbar, PAJuly 14, 2012
Trout, Lake26.6338″Lake ErieJames J Beres, LorainDecember 1, 2017 
Trout, Rainbow (Steelhead)21.338″Lake ErieJason Brooks, TallmadgeJune 25, 2010 
Walleye16.1933″Lake ErieTom Haberman, BrunswickNovember 23, 1999

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