61-Pound Blue Catfish Sets West Point Record

GON Staff | November 1, 2022


Pictured with the 61-lb. West Point record blue catfish are Shane Stanford (left), Jerrimie Tolbert (center) and David Gosdin.

A huge catfish set a new lake record on West Point Lake, setting the mark for blue catfish on the Chattahoochee River reservoir as a tough record to break. Jerrimie Tolbert boated a West Point blue cat on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 that had a certified weight of 61 pounds. 

Jerrimie was fishing with Shane Stanford and David Gosdin out of Jerrimie’s pontoon boat. He said the West Point lake records were already on his mind because he knew he had released a channel catfish that would have set a new mark—but he wasn’t expecting to break the blue catfish record. The big blue hit that Saturday morning at around 1 a.m. They were fishing with cut shad at the mouth of Brush Creek campground, which is up the Chattahoochee River toward Franklin.

Jerrimie’s 61-pounder tops the previous West Point lake record for blue catfish, which was a 54-pounder caught on April 18, 2021 by T.R. Clark as he fished from a kayak. Here’s the story about T.R.’s exciting catch.

Jerrimie Tolbert (right) and David Golsin with a 36-lb. West Point blue catfish caught the week before Jerrimie caught his 61-lb. lake record.

West Point Lake Record Fish

Largemouth Bass14-lbs., 2-ozs.Richard Little04/15/1988
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 9-ozs.Wendell Young02/07/1990
White Crappie3-lbs., 14-ozs.Willie Arnold02/15/1989
Black Crappie3-lbs., 6-ozs.Edward Cagle03/14/1996
Hybrid Bass14-lbs., 12.75-ozs.Dustin Pate03/13/2009
Shoal Bass3-lbs., 7-ozs.Danny Swafford08/02/1997
Blue Catfish61-lbs.Jerrimie Tolbert10/22/2022
Flathead Catfish48-lbs.Mike Felter08/22/2020
Yellow Perch1-lb., 2.4-ozs.Toney Booker11/18/2017
Channel Catfish16-lbs., 7.5-ozs.Owen Knabe4/22/2018
Striped Bass36-lbs., 2.72-ozs.Mike Bradford03/08/2019
Shellcracker12.64-ozs.Todd Garner05/06/2023
Longnose Gar23-lbs.April Waldrop07/21/2023


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