West Virginia State Record Sauger

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A West Virginia state record for sauger has been set by David Vance of Portland, Ohio. Vance caught the 22.50-inch, 5.06-pound fish from the Ohio River in Jackson County on March 20, 2012.

The previous weight record for sauger was a 4.75-pound fish caught by Steve Powell from the Ohio River in 1985.  Vance’s fish, however, does not best Powell’s fish for length, which retains the length record for sauger at 23 inches.

Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2012 West Virginia Fish Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch.  This information is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov.

source: West Virginia Department of Natural Resources