Blade outdoors editor Matt Markey has been named to the Ohio Record Fish Committee, a group that reviews and certifies the state’s official record fish. Markey will serve as one of the five members of the committee that is chaired by Fred Snyder, a retired fisheries specialist and associate professor with Ohio Sea Grant and The Ohio State University.
The Ohio Record Fish Committee is operated by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, the only outdoor writers organization in the country responsible for maintaining a state’s official angling records. The committee members scrutinize record fish applications for supporting documentation, certified weight slips and statements from a fisheries biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife confirming the species.
Ohio’s record fish are determined by weight only, and a very specific set of guidelines must be followed when submitting a potential record fish for review. A list of the current Ohio record fish, as well as state record fish application rules and forms, can be found at the outdoorwritersofohio.org website. Fish taken from pay lakes are not eligible for state record consideration.