SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Preston County man has reeled in a new state record fish, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Matt Born of Reedsville caught a state record 27.87-inch, 4-pound chain pickerel on Oct. 13 at Upper Deckers Lake in Preston County, according to the DNR.
Born used an in-line spinner to catch the chain pickerel, which is a state record in length only. The previous record was a 27.75-inch fish caught by Steven Demma at Tuckahoe Lake in Greenbrier County, in 2001.
Anglers who believe they may have caught a state record fish should check the current records in the fishing regulations online. Procedures for reporting a record catch also are included in the regulations.