Albion fisherman catches state record-breaking smallmouth bass on Cayuga Lake

Albion fisherman catches state record-breaking smallmouth bass on Cayuga Lake
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DEC officials say an 8 pound, 6 ounce bass was reeled in by Thomas Russell, Jr. of Albion.

CAYUGA, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a new state record for a smallmouth bass that was caught on June 15 on Cayuga Lake. 

DEC officials say an 8 pound, 6 ounce bass was reeled in by Thomas Russell, Jr. of Albion. They say he used a Berkley Maxscent Minnow lure for the big catch. This catch breaks the previous state record by 2 ounces.

Russell submitted his winning catch through the DEC’s Angler Achievement Awards Program.

“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,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “New York’s Finger Lakes are truly an angler’s paradise,…

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