SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators say a state–record chain pickerel has been caught in Preston County.
The Division of Natural Resources said in a news release that Matt Born of Reedsville used an in–line spinner to catch the fish Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake.
The fish measured a record 27.87 inches (70.8 centimeters). The previous record was a 27.75–inch (70.5–centimeter) chain pickerel caught by Steven Demma at Tuckahoe Lake in 2001.
The chain pickerel is a member of the pike family.