DNA testing that began in 2018 has confirmed that Ontario has a new pumpkinseed record.
The 1.37-pound fish was caught by Chris Yates of Chatsworth, Ontario on the Rankin River near the community of Oliphant on May 8, 2018. The fish, caught on a beadhead nymph, was 10.8 inches long and had a 12-inch girth. It is now registered in the OFAH’s Ontario Record Fish Registry and replaces a 1.0-pound pumpkinseed caught by Fred Thorn on August 30, 1997, on Beattie Lake. That fish was 10 inches long and had a girth of 14 inches.