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Every Pennsylvania State Fishing Record

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The Keystone State has seen several records hold the test of time.

For instance, George Brown’s common carp record has stood since 1962!

That said, several notable Pennsylvania state fishing records – yellow perch, walleye, and flathead catfish – have been broken in 2020 and 2021.

SpeciesWeight (Lb.)LocationAnglerYear
Bass, Largemouth11 lb, 3 ozBirch Run ReservoirDonald Shade1983
Bass, Rock3 lb, 2 ozElk CreekDavid L. Weber1971
Bass, Smallmouth8 lb, 8 ozScotts Run LakeRobert T. Steelman1997
Bass, Striped – Inland53 lb, 12 ozRaystown LakeRobert Price1994
Bass, Striped – Marine53 lb, 13 ozDelaware RiverDonald J Clark1989
Bass, White4 lbConneaut LakeRobert H. Hornstrom2002
Bluegill2 lb, 9 ozKeystone LakeTom Twincheck1983
Carp, Common52 lbJunita RiverGeorge Brown1962
Catfish, Bullhead4 lb, 10 ozBeltzville LakeIan C. Radle2011
Catfish, Channel35 lb, 3 ozLehigh CanalAustin E. Roth III1991
Catfish, Flathead56 lb, 3 ozSchuylkill RiverJonathan Pierce2020
Crappie4 lb, 3 ozHammond LakeRichard A. Pino2000
Drum, Freshwater19 lb, 14 ozMonongahela RiverTim Rogers1994
Muskellunge54 lb, 3 ozConneaut Lake1924 
Perch, White1 lb, 12 ozDelaware RiverJames Clark2008
Perch, Yellow3 lb, 0 ozLake ErieKirk Rudzinski2021
Pickerel, Chain8 lb, 15 ozLong PondDave Wilson2002
Salmon, Atlantic17 lb, 2 ozRaystown LakeBrian Keller2001
Salmon, Chinook28 lb, 15 ozLake ErieGregory Lasko 
Salmon, Coho15 lb, 5 ozLake ErieJack Scheirer1985
Salmon, Pink4 lb, 8 ozElk CreekDavid A. Rabatin1995
Sauger4 lbSusquehanna RiverTim Waltz2001
Shad, American9 lb, 9 ozDelaware RiverAnthony Mecca1986
Suckers12 lb, 14 ozAllegheny RiverRaymond C. Szlewicz2003
Trout, Brook7 lbFishing CreekVonda Ranck1996
Trout, Brown19 lb, 10 ozWalnut CreekFazle Buljubasic2000
Trout, Golden Rainbow13 lb, 8 ozMahoning CreekEli Borger2008
Trout, Lake31 lb, 13 ozLake ErieKeith Miller2019
Trout, Rainbow15 lb, 6 ozJordan CreekDennis L. Clouse1986
Trout, Steelhead20 lb, 3 ozWalnut CreekCorey T. Brown2001
Walleye18 lb, 1 ozYoughiogheny RiverRichard E. Nicholson2021