Eric Scordo, of Watertown, New York, has learned that the massive 35 pound, 3 ounce channel catfish he landed last week in Lake Ontario has been verified as a new state record.
Caught on a nightcrawler, Mr. Scordo’s record catch measured 38.25 inches in length. The fish broke the previous state record, caught from Brant Lake in 2002, by nearly 2.5 pounds.
“Mr. Scordo's record-breaking channel catfish is a prime example of the outstanding fishing opportunities in New York for a variety of species, not just popular gamefish,” said New York DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “This new record kicks off the 2017 freshwater fishing season, and I encourage all New Yorkers to buy their license, pick up a rod and reel, and try their hand at hooking a trophy catch in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.”
Channel catfish are the largest members of the catfish species that live in New York and can be found statewide.
Mr. Scordo submitted details of his winning catch as part of DEC's Angler Achievement Awards program. Anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement.