State record

FIRST EVER VIRGINIA STATE RECORD SAUGEYE

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is applauding a gentleman for catching the first ever state record saugeye!

Michael Miller, from Nathalie, Virginia, landed a 6lb Saugeye from the Staunton River. Mr. Miller caught the trophy-sized fish with spinning tackle using a crankbait. The fish measured 26¼in with a girth of 14in, and was officially weighed at Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle in Clarkesville, Virginia.

After a DWR biologist and the State Record Committee verified and reviewed the fish, Mr. Miller’s catch was certified and was recognized as the current Virginia State Record Saugeye.

This is the first entry and certified record for Saugeye since the walleye and sauger hybrid species was added to the state record and trophy fish Programs in 2020. Congratulations to Mr. Miller on his outstanding catch!

For more information on saugeye: dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/fish/saugeye/

To get your fish on, be sure to purchase your Virginia fishing license from gooutdoorsvirginia.com/.