Angler Catches New Hampshire State Record Channel Catfish

The Granite State has a new state-record channel catfish. Scott Alexander Jr. of Sullivan, New Hampshire, caught the 15-pound, 12.8-ounce cat on Se...

October 20, 2022
7:08 AM

The Granite State has a new state-record channel catfish. Scott Alexander Jr. of Sullivan, New Hampshire, caught the 15-pound, 12.8-ounce cat on Sept. 27 in the Connecticut River near Hinsdale, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The fish was 31.9 inches long. The previous state record, caught by Matt Smith in August 2020, weighed 15 pounds, 5.28 ounces and was 31.3 inches long. It also came out of the Connecticut River. Channel catfish, which prefer clean bottoms of sand or gravel and warmer water temperatures, are not native to New Hampshire, and the Connecticut River is considered to hold the state's only fishable population.

Steven Hill