Record Muskie Caught in Burnsville, W. Va.

On March 19th, 2022, Braxton County resident and avid outdoorsmen, Luke King, once again broke the state record for size and weight for a Muskie caught in West Virginia. This new record-setting Muskie weighed in at 51 lbs. and was 55.0625″ long. King said he caught the record-sized Muskie in the Little Kanawha River near the town of Burnsville, well downstream of the Burnsville Dam. This isn’t King’s first time catching record-setting Muskie.

In February of 2020, King became a bit of a local celebrity for catching a record-setting Muskie on the Burnsville Lake. At the time he was also an employee of the Walmart located just off the Flatwoods Exit on I-79, where he manned the outdoor recreation section of the store. On their official Facebook page, the store bragged of Kings accomplishments as well as advertised his ability to help customers pick the right bait for their own fishing excursions. According to the post, King had purchased the lure he used to catch his Muskie from Walmart and you could buy the same lore and try your luck at catching a Monster Muskie As well!

“Come in and pick up your Prop Bait for $4.88 so you don’t miss your Muskie! Come see Lucas, our local fish whisper, for all your fishing needs! Also check him out in Muskie Insider! #FishermansDream #PropBait” – Feb. 6th 2022, @walmart6951 on fb

Muskie aren’t the only monster fish you can find in Braxton County. In March of 2020 Cody Walker caught a monster Cat Fish on the Burnsville Lake. In April 2019, Heather Frame caught her personal best Trout in Sutton on the Elk River! Both pictures below.

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