New Ohio State Record Green Sunfish – 2018



News Release                                   June 7, 2018


New Ohio State Record Green Sunfish Certified


It’s difficult to say who was the all-time youngest Ohio fish state record holder over 70-some years of records, but a new Ohio record Green Sunfish by a nine year-old angler has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.

The new state record Green Sunfish, weighing 1.20 pounds, was caught by SueAnn Newswanger, age nine, of Shiloh, Ohio in a Richland County farm pond.  Miss Newswanger caught the Green Sunfish May 13, 2018, on a spincast rod with a night crawler.  Newswanger’s Green Sunfish is 11 inches long and 10.5 inches in girth.

Her catch replaces the previous state record Green Sunfish which was caught in a farm pond by Timothy C. Hively on May 8, 2005, weighing 0.99 pounds and measuring 10-5/8 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 biologist Mike Wilkerson from the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District Two office confirmed the identification of Newsawanger’s catch as a Green Sunfish.

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: Newswanger Green Sunfish


FOR PRESS ONLY – The Newswanger family can be contacted at 419-896-3915.