Record-setting catfish reeled in on Susquehanna River

Photo submitted to the Fish and Boat Commission by Jeff Bonawitz, pictured with his nephew, Dylan Bonawitz, age 8, at the time of the release of a record-setting flathead catfish caught in the Susquehanna River. The fish swam away.

At 2:30 p.m. on April 6, Jeff Bonawitz of East Lampeter Township reeled in a record-setting flathead catfish from the Susquehanna River. 

The catfish tipped the scales at 50 pounds, 7 ounces.

The previous record was set in 2006 with a  a 48-pound, 6-ounce flathead from the Blue Marsh Spillway,Berks County, the Fish & Boat Commission said.

What are the biggest catches in Pennsylvania records?

Here's the list, according to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The fish are organized alphabetically by type.


Bass, Largemouth

11 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1983 by Donald Shade, Waynesboro, in the Birch Run Reservoir, Adams County.


Bass, Rock 

3 pounds, 2 ounces, caught in 1971 by David L. Weber, Lake City, in Elk Creek, Erie County.


Record-setting smallmouth bass caught in Berks County, 1997

Smallmouth Bass, photo submitted by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. 

Bass, Smallmouth

8 pounds, 8 ounces, caught in 1997 by Robert T. Steelman, Havertown, in Scotts Run Lake, Berks County.


Record-setting striped bass caught in Raystown Lake

State Record Striped Bass, photo supplied by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Bass, Striped - Inland 

53 pounds, 12 ounces, caught in 1994 by Robert Price, Huntingdon, in Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County. 


Striped Bass Marine Record

Striped Bass Marine. Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Bass, Striped - Marine

53 pounds, 13 ounces, caught in 1989 by Donald J. Clark, Boothwyn, in the  Delaware River, Delaware County.


White Bass Record

White Bass Record. Photo supplied by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Bass, White 

4 pounds, caught in 2002 by Robert H. Hornstrom, Meadville, in Conneaut Lake, Crawford County.


Bluegill 

2 pounds, 8 ounces, caught in 1983 by Tom Twincheck, Blairsville, in Keystone Lake, Armstrong County.


Carp, Common

52 pounds, caught in 1962 by George Brown, Saltillo, in the Juniata River, Huntingdon County.


Bullhead Catfish Record

Bullhead Catfish Record. Photo submitted by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Catfish, Bullhead 

4 pounds 10 ounces, caught in 2011 by Ian C. Radle, Palmerton, in  Beltzville Lake, Carbon County.


Catfish, Channel 

35 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1991 by Austin E. Roth III, Bowmanstown, in Lehigh Canal, Northampton County.


Record-setting catfish reeled in on Susquehanna River

Photo submitted to the Fish and Boat Commission by Jeff Bonawitz, pictured with his nephew, Dylan Bonawitz, age 8, at the time of the release of a record-setting flathead catfish caught in the Susquehanna River. The fish swam away.

Catfish, Flathead 

50 pounds, 7 ounces, caught April 6, 2019, by Jeff Bonawitz, East Lampeter, in the Susquehanna River, Lancaster County.


Crappie record

Crappie Record. Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Crappie - White crappie 

4 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 2000 by Richard A. Pino, Covington, in Hammond Lake, Tioga County.


Drum, Freshwater [Sheepshead] 

19 pounds, 14 ounces, caught in 1994 by Tim Rogers, Finleyville, in the Monongahela River, Washington County.


Record-setting Muskellunge

This Muskellunge was caught in 1924 in the Monongahela River. Photo submitted by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. 

Muskellunge 

54 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1924 by Lewis Walker, Jr., Meadville, in the Conneaut Lake, Crawford County.


White Perch Record

White Perch Record. Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Perch, White 

1 pound, 12 ounces, caught in 2008 by James Clark, Philadelphia, in the Delaware River, Delaware County.


Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Record. Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Perch, Yellow  

2 pounds, 14 ounces, caught in 2016 by Brian Clark, Edinboro, in Presque Isle Bay, Erie County.


Chain Pickerel

Chain Pickerel Record. Photo provided by the Fish & Boat Commission.

Pickerel, Chain

8 pounds, 15 ounces, caught in 2002 by Dave Wilson, Honesdale, in Long Pond, Wayne County.


Northern Pike

Northern Pike Record. Photo from Fish & Boat Commission.

Pike, Northern 

35 pounds, caught in 2003 by Carl Stoltz, Bradford, in Allegheny Reservoir, McKean County.


Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Salmon Record. Photo from Fish & Boat Commission.

Salmon, Atlantic - Landlocked Lake 

17 pounds, 2 ounces, caught in 2001 by Brian Keller, Altoona, in Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County.


Salmon, Chinook 

28 pounds, 15 ounces, caught in 1990 by Gregory Lasko, Erie, in Lake Erie, Erie County


Salmon, Coho 

15 pounds, 5 ounces, caught in 1985 by Jack Scheirer, McMurry, in Lake Erie, Erie County.


Pink Salmon

Pink Salmon Record. Photo from Fish & Boat Commission.

Salmon, Pink 

4 pounds, 8 ounces, caught in 1995 by David A. Rabatin, in Elk Creek, Erie County. 


Sauger

Sauger Record. Fish & Boat Commission.

Sauger 

4 pounds, caught in 2001 by Tim Waltz, Williamsport, in the Susquehanna River, Lycoming County. 


Shad, American 

9 pounds, 9 ounces, caught in 1986 by Anthony Mecca, Peckville, in the Delaware River, Pike County. 


Sucker

Sucker Record. Fish & Boat Commisison.

Suckers 

12 pounds, 14 ounces, caught in 2003 by Raymond C. Szalewicz, Titusville, in Allegheny River, Forest County.


Trout, Brook 

7 pounds, caught in 1996 by Vonada Ranck, Watsontown, in Fishing Creek, Clinton County.


Record-setting Brown Trout

Record-setting brown trout caught in 2000 by Fazle Buljubasic, Erie, in Walnut Creek, Erie County.


Trout, Brown

19 pounds, 10 ounces, caught in 2000 by Fazle Buljubasic, Erie, in Walnut Creek, Erie County.


Golden Rainbow Trout

Record-setting Golden Rainbow Trout caught in 2008 by Eli Borger, Palmerton, in Mahoning Creek, Schuylkill County. 

Trout, Golden Rainbow 

13 pounds, 8 ounces, caught in 2008 by Eli Borger, Palmerton, in Mahoning Creek, Schuylkill County. 


Trout Lake Young

Trout Lake Young caught in 2012 by Todd Young, Nazareth, in Lake Erie, Erie County.

Trout, Lake (Salvelinus namaycush)

29 pounds, 4 ounces, caught in 2012 by Todd Young, Nazareth, in Lake Erie, Erie County.

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Trout, Rainbow  

15 pounds, 6 ounces, caught in 1986 by Dennis L. Clouse, Bethlehem, in  Jordan Creek, Lehigh County.


Trout Steelhead

Trout Steelhead caught in 2001 by Corey T. Brown, Osterburg, in Walnut Creek, Erie County.

Trout, Steelhead 

20 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 2001 by Corey T. Brown, Osterburg, in Walnut Creek, Erie County.


Walleye 

17 pounds, 9 ounces, caught in 1980 by Mike Holly, Bradford, in Allegheny Reservoir, Warren County.