Skip to main content Skip to main content

Big Fish: Two State Records Fall in West Virginia

The state DNR reports records set for muskellunge and freshwater drum during last week of April.

Big Fish: Two State Records Fall in West Virginia

Shutterstock image

The month of April fishing in West Virginia ended with two heavy state records caught.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reported the records were caught during the final week of the month — a muskellunge that broke the state length record, and a freshwater drum that beat the previous weight record by almost a pound.

Interestingly, both anglers share the same last name, the agency confirmed.

MUSKY RECORD

Chase Gibson of Mount Clare, W.V., broke the muskellunge state record for length with 54.0625-inch musky caught April 30 at Burnsville Lake in Braxton County.


WV-Records
Chase Gibson's state-record musky was a length record for the species in West Virginia. (Photo courtesy of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources)

Gibson's catch broke the previous record of 53.5 inches, set in 2017. The record musky weighed 39.64 pounds. Anna Marsh holds the state record for weigh with a 49.75-pound musky caught at Stonecoal Lake in 1997.


BIG DRUM

John Gibson of Poca, W.V., broke the record for heaviest freshwater drum with the 27.88-pound specimen he reeled in on April 24 at the Kanawha River. The previous record, set in 1989, was 27 pounds.

WV-Records
John Gibson caught this 27.88-pound freshwater drum, a state record for the species in West Virginia. (Photo courtesy of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources)

The record drum measured 35.59 inches, still shy of the state length record of 37 inches, set in the Little Kanawha River in 1954.

West Virginia anglers who believe they may have caught a state-record fish should check the current records in the fishing regulations at wvdnr.gov.  Procedures for reporting a record catch also are included in the regulations.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Two-Person Tandem Kayak Options: Crescent Crew & Hobie Mirage Compass Duo

Two-Person Tandem Kayak Options: Crescent Crew & Hobie Mirage Compass Duo

In this video we discuss the benefits of considering tandem kayak options, like the Crescent Crew, which can be ideal for families with small children or pets.

Tow Ready in 2: Towing Load Capacities - Not to Be Overlooked

Tow Ready in 2: Towing Load Capacities - Not to Be Overlooked

Few things are more critical to the safe trailering quotient than towing capacities. If any component in the towing equation is exceeded, tragedy can strike out on the road. In this episode of “B&W Hitches: Tow Ready in 2,” Dr. Todd Kuhn addresses the importance of getting trailering and towing capacities correct and how-to do so.

Understanding Kayak Hull Design and Deciding What is Best for You

Understanding Kayak Hull Design and Deciding What is Best for You

In this video we discuss how hull design effects your kayak fishing experience and what you should look for when picking out a kayak.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now