WV Man Breaks His Own State Fishing Record

WV Channel Catfish Record

There is always room for improvement. At least that’s how West Virginia fisherman Allen Burkett feels after breaking his own WV state fishing record.

Only one year after breaking the existing WV Fishing Record for the largest Channel Catfish caught in West Virginia, the Moorefield resident has struck again.


During West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend, Burkett reeled in a channel catfish weighing in at 36.96 pounds that measured 40.59 inches in length.

The record setting fish was caught South Mill Creek Lake in Grant County. And you guessed it, that is the same location where he caught his previous state record.

This year, Burkett caught the monster channel catfish while fishing with cut bluegill for bait. He reeled in his previous state record with tried and true chicken liver.

WV State Fishing Records

The record breaking channel catfish joins other WV State Fishing Records broken in 2023:

Learn more about all the West Virginia Fishing Records on our complete list.


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. A WVDNR district officer will measure and verify the record catch. Even if you don’t qualify for a state record you could earn a trophy citation.

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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