World and State Records

Trophy sportfishing is the perfect reason to visit Oswego, NY as many anglers have broken state and world records fishing in our waters. 

Oswego County fish that have set world records include brown trout, greater redhorse, rainbow trout, coho salmon, hybrid Chinook-coho and Chinook salmon. 

Theresa Caputo is the latest dual Chinook world record holder in the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record books, catching two record-breaking Chinook salmon in September 2020. Theresa’s first world record Chinook came in at 15 pounds, 2 ounces on an 8-pound tippet, and her second one weighed in at 20 pounds, 1 ounce. 

Stephen Sheets Jr. is the holder of a long-standing record coho weighing 33 pounds, 7 ounces. The record-breaking fish was caught out of the Oswego Harbor in 1998 on a trip with Capt. Mike Stilin of Fish Tale Charters. Although the IGFA recognizes the world record coho as Jerry Linton’s 33-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in the Salmon River in 1989, both fish came from Oswego County’s territorial waters and are larger than their Pacific Ocean relatives. 

If you’re looking to make your name in the record books, come enjoy terrific Oswego, NY fishing here in the Port City and across the entire county.

For more information on state and world record fishing in Oswego County, view the list below.

World Records

Chinook Salmon
Women’s 3kg Tippet Class
20 pounds, 1 ounce2020Salmon River
Chinook Salmon
Women’s 4kg Tippet Class
15 pounds, 12 ounces2020Salmon River
Chinook Salmon
Women’s 6kg Tippet Class
15 pounds2014Salmon River
Chinook Salmon
Women’s 8kg Tippet Class
20 pounds2014Salmon River
Hybrid/Chinook-Coho35 pounds, 8 ounces2001Salmon River
Coho Salmon33 pounds, 4 ounces1989Salmon River
Chinook Salmon26 pounds1989Salmon River
Rainbow Trout16 pounds, 8 ounces1982Salmon River

New York State Records

Coho Salmon33 pounds, 7 ounces1998Lake Ontario off Oswego
Chinook Salmon47 pounds, 13 ounces1991Salmon River
Brown Trout33 pounds, 2 ounces1997Lake Ontario
Redhorse Sucker11 pounds, 11 ounces1996Salmon River