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    What's the biggest known fish in the freshwaters of your home state? We won't get into salt water or sea run species because that opens up a whole new category with boundaries that are difficult to define. Here in NJ, I regretfully have to say that the, ugly (IMO), non game, and often undesirable Carp, is probably the biggest fresh water fish in NJ. Here are the current records: Carp 65, Musky 42, and Lake Trout 32. How big are the FW fish in your state?

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    We have some pretty big carp, too. Yucchhh, I hate those ugly, smelly things. Largest fish caught in NM was an appx 56-lb Striped Bass, caught in Elephant Butte in Southern New Mexico. There have been several other stripers caught that were in the 50-lb range. Next biggest was a 43-lb Lake Trout, pulled out of Heron Lake in Northern NM.

    Supposedly there are some really huge (>100 lb) catfish in Elephant Butte, as well. There are a few grainy photos of them around, but no actual catches.

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    I would say a carp or catfish, but I would have to look that up. Got some nice bass over in Okeechobee.

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    In Virginia the notable records are:

    Largemouth Bass 16 lbs. 4 oz.
    Striped Bass 53 lbs. 7 oz.
    Brown Trout 14 lbs. 12 oz.
    Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 7 oz.
    Channel Catfish 31 lbs. 8 oz.
    Blue Catfish 102 lbs. 4 oz.
    Flathead Catfish 66 lbs. 4 oz.
    Muskie (including Tiger) 45 lbs. 8 oz.
    Northern Pike 31 lbs. 4 oz.
    Carp 49 lbs. 4 oz.
    Freshwater Drum 22 lbs. 6 oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock27Bill View Post
    In Virginia the notable records are:

    Largemouth Bass 16 lbs. 4 oz.
    Striped Bass 53 lbs. 7 oz.
    Brown Trout 14 lbs. 12 oz.
    Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 7 oz.
    Channel Catfish 31 lbs. 8 oz.
    Blue Catfish 102 lbs. 4 oz.
    Flathead Catfish 66 lbs. 4 oz.
    Muskie (including Tiger) 45 lbs. 8 oz.
    Northern Pike 31 lbs. 4 oz.
    Carp 49 lbs. 4 oz.
    Freshwater Drum 22 lbs. 6 oz.
    That Blue Catfish is bigger than some of the deer that I've harvested.

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    We are very lucky in my part of the country to have huge sturgen,in the Columbia River and some very
    large salmon ,KINGS, large steelhead ,These sturgin reach hundreds of pounds.You use a 12 inch
    american shad as bait.

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    Dirty old Common Carp holds CTs official largest at 40 lbs. As far as desirable game fish go, Channel Cat, Northern Pike, and Lake Trout records are all at 29 lbs. Stripers run up the Connecticut river in the spring chasing shad. They can get up around 50-60 lbs, but that doesn't really count as freshwater I guess.

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    The most notable of the 42 freshwater species that are recorded in Colorado:
    Grass Carp: 51 lb. 0 oz. new in 2010
    Mackinaw (lake Trout) 50 lb. 5 oz
    Channel Catfish 43 lb 6 oz
    Musky 40 lb 2 oz
    Northern Pike 30 lb 11 oz
    Brown Trout 30 lb 8 oz
    the oldest record is 1947 , Brook Trout 7 lb 10 oz

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    In New York, in Lake Champlain, they have Champ, which might not exactly be a fish, but he weighs much more than any of the sardines listed above. The Loch Ness Monster might be even bigger.
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    In Florida, the largest freshwater fish are Sturgeon. They are found on the West Coast especially in the Suwanee River.

    After that it depends on what is meant by largest... weight or size? We have Gar that grow up to 4 or 5 feet in length.

    The current record Alligator Gar in Florida is 123 pounds and a little over 6 feet in lehgth. They can grow to 10 feet in length and over 200 pounds.

    The current record for Blue Catfish in Florida is around 65 pounds.

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