Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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Young Angler Catches Maryland State Record Muskellunge

A 12-year-old West Virginia boy has caught a 31.75 pound
muskellunge, setting a new Maryland State record.

On April 14, Kenneth Files of Falling Waters, W. Va., and his
father were fishing in the Potomac River, which was in a flood
stage. Kenneth spotted an eddy and cast a large white plastic grub
lure into the stained waters and a large fish took the bait. He
eventually steered the fish, measuring 45 inches long with an
astounding girth of 24 inches, into shallow waters. Kenneth and his
father registered their catch at the Maryland Fishing Challenge
Award Center at Wolf’s On the Square in Williamsport. After getting
an approximate weight, it appeared that the fish could be a
Maryland State record. The Files iced the fish until they could get
it to a State-certified scale at a local feed and grain store.

“The waters of the upper Potomac River support a vibrant,
self-sustaining muskie fishery that has gained popularity with
anglers,” said Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Biologist John Mullican, who verified the species and weight of the
fish. “With the success of the pure-strain muskie, tiger muskies
have not been stocked since 2006, and few of the sterile hybrids
remain. Muskies are sometimes referred to as ‘the fish of a
thousand casts.’ Anglers typically fish for many hours to catch
one. Kenneth’s record muskie was a female estimated to be 11 years
old.”

The previous muskellunge record of 28.25 pounds was caught in
2004 by Matt Deal in the Upper Potomac.

Kenneth and other Maryland anglers who register a citation-award
eligible fish will receive free admission to the grand finale of
the 2011 Maryland Fishing Challenge during the Maryland Seafood
Festival at Sandy Point State Park on September 10. Participants
should bring their eligible fish to an authorized citation award
center (certain tackle shops and charter boats) to receive an entry
ticket and invitation to the event. For details, go to
http://dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/challenge/index.asp

To keep on top of the fishing action in Maryland, check in
online with the DNR’s Angler’s Log and weekly fishing reports-
www.dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/log.

 

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