PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A Virginia man caught a record-breaking fish this spring in a Shenandoah Valley waterway!
According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Thomas Garth, from Standardsville, was fishing at Cub Run in Page County on March 12 when he landed a giant brook trout.
He was using a fly rod with a minnow as bait.
The trout measured 20 ¼ inches and was officially weighed at Martin’s Grocery in Harrisonburg, where it came in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces.
That crushed the previous record of 5 pounds, 10 ounces, which was a trout caught in 1987 in Big Stony Creek by Greg Orndorff.
Now, Garth's catch - after biologist verification and review by the VDGIF State Record Committee - is officially recognized as the Virginia State Record Brook Trout.
Also this spring, Blake Deal, of Nathalie, Virginia, broke the record for gar caught bowfishing by capturing a 21 pound, 13 ounce longnose gar in Lake Gaston in Mecklenburg County.
You can find a list of all Virginia state record fish here.