|Harrisburg, PA - A bullhead caught in Beltzville Lake has been certified as the new Pennsylvania state record for that category by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Ian Radler of Palmerton caught the four pound ten ounce fish on the evening of August 22, 2011. Ian was fishing for catfish near the Trachsville Bridge, using cutbait. Radler’s catch exceeds the previous record by 6 ounces. That fish was caught in 1983 by Eddie Lasorda while fishing at Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County.
The Fish and Boat Commission certifies state records based on total body weight. Potential record fish must exceed the established mark for that category by at least 2 ounces, as weighed on a certified scale. To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to the public, and 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. Staff from the PFBC must examine the fish. Complete rules and application are available on the Commission’s website. http://fishandboat.com/strecord.htm. The PFBC is the only entity that can certify an official state record fish in the Commonwealth.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at fishandboat.com.
State Record Fish Program Coordinator