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Record Broken on Smallmouth Bass Catch


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courtesy of Thomas Russell

There is a new New York State record for a smallmouth bass caught on Cayuga Lake. The catch was 8.6 pounds that was caught on June 15th (opening day) during bass harvest season.

Thomas Russell Jr. of Albion reeled in the smallmouth bass on Cayuga Lake in Seneca County. He beats the previous record by two ounces from one caught on the St. Lawrence River in 2016.

“Smallmouth bass are one of New York’s most popular freshwater sportfish and it’s exciting to share the great news of Mr. Russell’s record-breaking catch,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “New York’s Finger Lakes are truly an angler’s paradise, providing exceptional fishing opportunities for a variety of sportfish.”

The DEC notes that pound for pound the smallmouth bass are considered one of the hardest-fighting freshwater fish in the state.


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