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.
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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