New WV State Record Longnose Gar

WV State Record Longnose Gar

A West Virginia State Fishing Record has been broken this week as Rich Chapman of Ashton, WV reeled in a massive longnose gar. The Longnose Gar measured 53.62 inches in length, eclipsing the previous record of 52.25 inches, which was set by Mark Foster in 2012 also on the Ohio River.

This is the second WV State Fishing Record that has been broken this year. Earlier in the year, the state record Golden Rainbow Trout was reeled in during the WV Gold Rush.


Rich caught his record breaking Longnose Gar in Mason County on the Ohio River. The Ohio River is known for producing big fish as it is the site of four WV state fishing records. He used a live bluegill as bait to catch the longnose gar that broke the 11 year old record.

WV State Record Longnose Gar
This longnose gar was reeled in off Wheeling Creek, a tributary of the Ohio River.

Unlike other states, West Virginia fishing records are kept by both weight and length. Unfortunately, the longnose gar did not break the existing record for weight. That record still stands, set by Michael Casey in 1993 when he caught a 19.08 longnose gar on the Kanawha River.

Congratulations to Rich on catching the WV state record longnose gar.

If you believe you have caught a record-breaking fish, you should report to the WVDNR for verification.  The reporting form and more information is available on the West Virginia DNR website. View the full list of WV Fishing Records and see how past fish you have caught compare.

Remember, all anglers age 15 or older need a valid West Virginia Fishing License when fishing rivers or lakes in West Virginia.

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