New York man reels in record smallmouth bass

Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 2:28 PM EDT
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ITHACA, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York has a new record for the largest smallmouth bass ever caught in the state.

Two weeks ago, Thomas Russell of Albion reeled in an 8-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth in Cayuga Lake.

The state says Russell’s bass beat the old record by 2 ounces.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, smallmouth bass are considered one of the hardest-fighting freshwater fish in New York, and when hooked, they will often leap out of the water, making them a popular target for anglers.

Click here for all of New York’s freshwater fishing records.

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