101-Pound Blue Catfish Caught on Jugline Is Officially the New Ohio Record

Ohio anglers hold a large blue catfish.
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A 101-pound, 56-inch blue catfish that 15-year-old Jaylynn Parker caught from a tributary of the Ohio River on a jugline earlier this month has been established as the new Ohio state record, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources inland fisheries program administrator Scott Hale tells Outdoor Life.

“At last Saturday’s annual convention, the Outdoor Writers of Ohio approved the record,” Hale says. OWO maintains the state’s record fish program.

April 15, 2024: On April 7, 15-year-old Jaylynn Parker of New Richmond, Ohio pulled in a 101-pound, 56-inch blue catfish on a jugline from a creek behind a family friend’s house. The Outdoor Writers of Ohio, a non-governmental organization of outdoor media professionals that maintains the state’s fish record database, is currently deciding whether to name the fish as the formal state record. 

Jaylynn Parker (left), Jeff Sams (center), and Chuck Parker (right) hoist the monster blue catfish. Photograph by Kristen…

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