New Virginia State Record & World Record Blue Catfish

Angler Snags Record Catfish on Kerr Lake

** State & World Record Blue Catfish 143 pounds - - June 18, 2011 **

** Congratulations to Nick Anderson **

The record stays with Kerr Lake

Nick Anderson, a N.C., resident, landed a 143-pound blue catfish from Kerr Lake, also known as Buggs Island. The fish will shatter both state and world records for the species. Anderson's catch was 57 inches long, with a girth of 43.5 inches. According to DGIF fisheries biologist Bob Greenlee, a blue catfish that size was probably between 15 and 25 years old. It would be Virginia's only all-tackle freshwater world record.

Former Virginia State Record Blue Catfish

Kerr Lake - 03-17-11, A new state record blue catfish was caught this morning by Tony Milam, an avid angler on Kerr Lake.

 The official weight is 109 pounds, performed by Virginia Game officials this morning with State Certified scales.

The State Record Fish Committee of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has reviewed and certified the new state record blue catfish. This will be only the second confirmed freshwater fish over 100 pounds in the Commonwealth. The monster weighed in at exactly 109 pounds and measured 53 inches in length with a girth of 41 inches.

Click here for full size pic from the VDGIF

The previous state record of 102 pounds, 4 ouncesócaught on the James 5/20/09 around 12:45 PM by Tim Wilson and Danny Ayers measured 52-3/4 inches in length with a girth of 41-1/2 inches, and was caught with cut shad and 30-pound test line. DGIF Biologist Bob Greenlee was convinced the blue was full of eggs, a pre-spawn female.

VDH News - 2010
This site promotes catch- and- release and that is one reason people have been catching so many trophy catfish throughout the state is because of the spirit of catch-and-release displayed among the serious catfishermen. Also remember that larger and older fish tend to collect more contaminants. The VDGIF and VDH(Virginia Department of Health)has fish consumption advisories warning about the contaminants.

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