FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 9, 2001
NEW ATLANTIC SALMON RECORD NAMED
A 17 lb., 2 oz. landlocked Atlantic salmon from Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County, has been named the new Pennsylvania state record for the species.
The record-setting fish was hooked by Brian Keller of Altoona as he trolled live bait on June 9. Kellerís catch measured 31 inches in length, with a girth of nearly 21 inches. The fish easily surpassed the former record, a 10 lb., 14.5 oz. trophy caught by Timothy Grace of Huntingdon, also from Raystown Lake.
To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to the public without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds, fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by club members or their guests do not qualify. Potential record fish must exceed the established benchmark by at least one ounce, as weighed on a certified scale.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is the only entity that can certify an official state record fish in the Commonwealth.
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