51-pound record muskellunge caught in West Virginia

March 24, 2022 GMT

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A record muskellunge has been caught in West Virginia, a state agency said.

Lucas King of Burnsville caught the musky on Saturday from a public access site along the Little Kanawha River in the tailwater section of Burnsville Dam in Braxton County, the Division of Natural Resources said in a news release.

The musky weighed 51 pounds and was a little over 55 inches long, the statement said. That broke the state weight record of about 50 pounds and the length record of 54 inches.

King used a 6-inch glide bait to catch the fish, which was subsequently released.