New Ohio State Record Buffalo Sucker – 2018



News Release                                                          June 7, 2018


New Ohio State Record Buffalo Sucker by Bowfishing Certified


A new Ohio record Buffalo Sucker taken by bowfishing has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.

The new state record, a Bigmouth Buffalo weighing 43.0 pounds, was shot by Josh Bowmar of Westerville, Ohio in Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County, Ohio.  Bowmar shot his fish May 21, 2018, using a recurve bow with 150 lb line.  Bowmar’s Bigmouth Buffalo is 43.5 inches long and 28-7/8 inches in girth.

His catch replaces the previous state record Buffalo Sucker which was shot in Lake Erie by Brent McGlone on October 11, 2013 weighing 40.80 pounds and measuring 40.5 inches long.  Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only.

Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.  Fisheries biologists Marty Lundquist and Nick Radabaugh from the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District One office confirmed the identification of Bowmar’s catch as a Bigmouth Buffalo.

For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, Chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, OH 43420, phone (419) 332-0777, email,

PHOTOS: Josh Bowmar displays his new Ohio record Buffalo Sucker.


FOR PRESS ONLY – Josh Bowmar can be contacted at 419-560-1758.