On June 14, Angler James VanArsdall bagged a 26-pound, nine-ounce freshwater drum on Lake Ontario.
According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, VanArsdall’s catch has officially taken the state record for the species.
His record drum measured 33.5 inches and beat the previous record by more than 2 pounds. VanArsdall’s record freshwater drum was the second state record fish in New York this year.
Three months ago, Eric Lester bagged a 60-pound striped bass that is the largest of its kind ever taken in New York and the second heaviest fish ever caught in the state.
“This latest state record is another great example of how New York continues to provide excellent fishing opportunities and they continue to grow under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “From the Great Lakes to Long Island and everything in between, the possibilities are endless for eager anglers.”
More of 2014’s best state record fish:
- This Monster Catch Is South Dakota’s New State Record Paddlefish
- West Virginia Angler Catches State Record Catfish on Practice Run
- Michigan State Record Catfish Busted with 52-Pounder