New Jersey fisherman catches record-breaking salmon

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Joe Satkowski caught an 8-pound 10-ounce Landlocked Atlantic Salmon on September 30 at Merrill Creek Reservoir, breaking Runelvy Rodriguez’s June 2018 Lake Aeroflex record fish by 5 ounces. 

Joe’s fish measured 26 inches with a girth of 16 ¼ inches.  He caught the fish on a 6-pound test line while casting from his boat.   

Merrill Creek Reservoir has been stocked with 14-inch salmon raised at the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hackettstown Hatchery for three consecutive years beginning in 2018 (325 fish, 700 fish, 650 fish).