See how your state stacks up against the others when it comes to record setting largemouth bass.
All anglers would like to have our names etched into stone for catching a record fish, especially the world record bass. There are some people in this world who go after those big fish day in and day out in hopes of breaking their state records.
I don't know how much skill is really involved to get the big bass that breaks these records. Some of these record catches are decades old; it just seems like a lot of luck and being in the right place at the right time.
But a record rainbow trout, walleye, catfish, or even smallmouth bass wouldn't exactly hold the panache of a record largemouth. Why? Probably because largemouth are so common across the country, and so widely targeted by anglers nearly everywhere.
Largemouth bass and other species of the bass family can reach more than generous sizes for freshwater fish. The current IGFA world record for the biggest largemouth bass was set by Manabu Kurita with a 22-pound, 5-ounce, 29-inch monster caught on Lake Biwa in Japan. The previous bass fishing record had been standing since 1932 when George Perry caught a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass from Montgomery Lake in Georgia.
Every State Record Fish in America
|Alabama||16 lbs, 8 oz||Mountain View Lake||Thomas Burgin||1987|
|Arizona||16 lbs, 7 oz||Canyon Lake||Randall White||1997|
|Arkansas||16 lbs, 8 oz||Mallard Lake||Ann Mardis||1976|
|California||21 lbs, 12 oz||Lake Castaic||Micheal Arujo||1991|
|Colorado||11 lbs, 6 oz||Echo Canyon Reservoir||Jarrett Edwards||1997|
|Connecticut||12 lbs, 14 oz||Mashapaug Pond||Frank Domurat||1961|
|Delaware||11 lbs, 1.6 oz||Wagamons Pond||AJ Klein||2016|
|Florida||17 lbs, 27 oz||Unnamed Lake||Billy O'Berry||1986|
|Georgia||22 lbs, 4 oz||Montgomery Lake||George Perry||1932|
|Hawaii||9 lbs, 9.4 oz||Waita Reservoir||Dickie Broyles||1992|
|Idaho||10 lbs, 15 oz||Anderson Lake||Mrs. M.W. Taylor||N/A|
|Illinois||13 lbs, 1 oz||Stone Quarry|
|Indiana||14 lbs, 12 oz||Unnamed Lake||Jenifer Schultz||1991|
|Iowa||10 lbs, 14 oz||Lake Fisher||Patricia Zaerr||1984|
|Kansas||11 lbs, 12.8 oz||Private Pit Lake||Tyson Hallam||2008|
|Kentucky||14 lbs, 9.5 oz||Highsplint Lake||Mark Ward||2019|
|Louisiana||15.97 lbs||Caney Lake||Greg Wiggins||1994|
|Maine||11 lbs, 10 oz||Moose Pond||Rodney Cockrell||1968|
|Maryland||11 lbs, 6 oz||Huntington Farm Pond||Colton Lambert||2013|
|Massachusetts||15 lbs, 8 oz||Sampson Pond||Walter Bolonis||1975|
|Michigan||11 lbs, 15.04 oz||Big Pine Island Lake||William Maloney||1934|
|Minnesota||8 lbs, 15 oz||Auburn Lake||N/A||2005|
|Mississippi||18 lbs, 2.4 oz||Natchez State Park Lake||Anthony Denny||1992|
|Missouri||13 lbs, 14 oz||Bull Shoals Lake||Marvin Bushong||1961|
|Montana||8 lbs, 12.8 oz||Noxon Rapids Reservoir||Darin Williams||2009|
|Nebraska||10 lbs, 11 oz||Sandpit Near Columbus||Paul Abegglen Sr.||1965|
|Nevada||12 lbs even||Lake Mead||Micheal R. Geary||1999|
|New Hampshire||10 lbs, 8 oz||Lake Potanipo||G. Bullpit||1967|
|New Jersey||10 lbs, 14 oz||Menantico Sand Wash Pond||Robert Eisele||1980|
|New Mexico||15 lbs, 13 oz||Bill Evans Lake||Steve Estrada||1995|
|New York||11 lbs, 4 oz||Buckhorn Lake||John L. Higbie||1987|
|North Carolina||15 lbs, 14 oz||Private Pond||William H. Wofford||1991|
|North Dakota||8 lbs, 7.5 oz||Nelson Lake||Leon Rixen||1983|
The above picture shows Robert Eisele with a bass weighing 10 pounds, 14-ounces in Meanatico 1980.
|Ohio||13 lbs, 2 oz||Private Pond||Roy Landsberger||1976|
|Oklahoma||14 lbs, 13.7 oz||Cedar Lake||Dale Miller||2013|
|Oregon||12 lbs, 1.6 oz||Ballenger Pond||B. Adam Hastings||2002|
|Pennsylvania||11 lbs, 3 oz||Birch Run Reservoir||Donald Shade||1983|
|Rhode Island||11 lbs, 3.2 oz||Johnson's Pond||Brandon Migliore||2016|
|South Carolina||16 lbs, 2 oz||Lake Marion||P.H. Flanagan||1949|
|South Dakota||9 lbs, 5 oz||Indian Scout Lake||Matthew Dunham||2020|
|Tennessee||15 lbs, 3 oz||Chickamauga Lake||Gabe Keen||2015|
|Texas||18 lbs, 2.8 oz||Lake Fork||Barry St.Clair||1992|
|Utah||10 lbs, 2 oz||Powell Lake||Sam Lamanna||1974|
|Vermont||10 lbs, 4 oz||Lake Dunmore||Tony Gale||1988|
|Virginia||16 lbs, 4 oz||Connor Lake||Richard Tate||1985|
|Washington||12 lbs, 9 oz||Lake Bosworth||Bill Evans||2016|
|West Virginia||9 lbs, 9.9 oz||Dog Run Lake||Eli Gain||2001|
|Wisconsin||11 lbs, 3 oz||Ripley Lake||N/A||1940|
|Wyoming||11 lbs, 9 oz||Kleenburn Ponds||Caleb Salzman||2018|
I know one thing, I would love to travel around and try to find some of these fisheries that are producing these largemouth bass records. It would be interesting to see how much they differed.
All I can say is, good luck to everyone angling this season and may the fish gods shine upon us to possibly land one big enough to rewrite the record books.