Roger Sizemore of Orient, Ohio caught a new state record saugeye weighing 14.04 pounds from Antrim Lake in Franklin County on November 24th.
Sizemore’s record catch was 30-1/8 inches long with a girth of 18-3/4 inches. The fish was caught on spinning tackle with 6 lb line, using yellow Berkley power bait at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The saugeye is a hybrid cross between a sauger and a walleye, and stocked in many lakes throughout Ohio by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Though Antrim Lake was never stocked with saugeye, fisheries biologist Steve Graham suspects the fish may have gained access by a pipe that once connected Antrim Lake with the Olentangy River, which contains saugeye. Another possible explanation is that the fish was caught by an angler fishing the Olentangy, who then put the fish into Antrim.
Sizemore’s catch replaces Brian Bang’s state record saugeye that weighed 12.84 pounds and was caught from Alum Creek Lake on January 26, 2002.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries supervisor Steve Graham at Wildlife District One identified Sizemore’s record fish and the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee certified the fish.
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