April 17, 2001
A 20-lb., 3-oz. steelhead trout caught April 1 has
been named the new
Pennsylvania state record for the species. No fooling.
The 36 ˝ -inch fish was landed by Corey T. Brown, 26,
of Osterburg while fly fishing in Walnut Creek, Erie County.
| The male
steelhead boasted a girth of 21 ˝ inches. Brown’s record-setter broke
the previous mark of 19 lbs., 2 oz. by more than a pound. The former
record was set in 1992 by Brian Daugherty of East Freedom with a Lake
To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be
caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to
the public without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds,
fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to use by
club members or their guests do not qualify. Potential record fish
must exceed the established benchmark by at least one ounce, as
weighed on a certified scale.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is the only entity
that can certify a new state record fish in the Commonwealth.