King’s record fish was 55.0625 inches long and weighed 51 pounds, according to division fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager, who measured the catch.
The trophy muskie eclipsed the previous state length record of 54.0625 inches caught last year by Chase Gibson and surpassed the current weight record of 49.75 pounds previously held by Anna Marsh. The muskie was caught using six-inch glide bait, according to King.
The muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), often shortened to muskie or musky is a species of large freshwater predatory fish native to North America. It is the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae.
Anglers who believe they may have caught a state record fish should check the current records in the fishing regulations at wvdnr.gov. Procedures for reporting a record catch also are included in the regulations.
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