(05/19/2016)

Mark Blauvelt of New Lebanon, Ohio, holds the new state record blue catfish he caught in the Ohio River May 14, 2016 - Photo courtesy of Mark Blauvelt

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A state record blue catfish was caught recently from the Ohio River, according to Robert A. Fala, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The record blue catfish was caught by Mark Blauvelt of New Lebanon, Ohio. Blauvelt caught the 44.88-inch, 59.74-pound fish from the Ohio River May 14, 2016, using cut bait.

Blauvelt's catch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight. The blue catfish length record of 47.75 inches held by Austin Hoffman since 2014 still stands.

Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2016 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information is also available online at   www.wvdnr.gov


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