State Record Brook Trout Caught


January 20, 2004 -- A state record brook trout was caught by Mr. Robert Anthony Starkey of Clarksburg , according to Ed Hamrick , Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Mr. Starkey caught the 21.25 inch, 7.62 pound fish in Shavers Fork of the Cheat River in Randolph County on January 14. He caught the brook trout using Berkley Power Bait. The catch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight. The previous record brook trout was a 7.19 pound fish caught by Mr. Harmon Cozort in the Little River, Pocahontas County in 1997. A 23.50 inch brook trout caught by Mr. Jack Foltz from the Lost River in 1981 remains the state record for length.

Robert Starkey's New Record Brook TroutAnglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2004 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outline the procedures anglers must follow to report their catch. This information is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov .

 


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