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Alabama State Record Freshwater Fish

Alabama's rich aquatic ecosystems have produced a wide array of state record catches. These records showcase the prowess of anglers and the diversity of species found in the state's waters. Below are details of the state record freshwater fish, providing insights into the species, weights, dates of catch, locations, and the anglers' hometowns.

Alabama Freshwater Fish State Records

  • Largemouth Bass: 16 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 11/3/87 at Mountain View Lake, Shelby Co. by Thomas "T.M." Burgin of Birmingham.
  • Redeye Bass (b): 3 lbs., 2 oz. - Caught on 3/8/00 at Choccolocco Creek by William Terry Johnson of Oxford.
  • Rock Bass: 1 lb., 6 oz. - Caught on 5/6/95 at Paint Rock River by James R. Stewart of Scottsboro.
  • Shoal Bass: 6 lbs., 11 oz. - Caught on 2/25/96 at Halawakee Creek by Darrell Trawick of Salem.
  • Smallmouth Bass (c): 10 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 10/8/50 at Wheeler Dam Tailwater by Owen F. Smith of Fairfield.
  • Spotted Bass (b): 8 lbs., 15 oz. - Caught on 3/18/78 at Lewis Smith Reservoir by Phillip C. Terry of Decatur.
  • Striped Bass (a): 69 lbs., 9 oz. - Caught on 2/28/13 at Bankhead Reservoir by James Bramlett of Dora.
  • Striped Hybrid Bass: 25 lbs., 15 oz. - Caught on 9/13/96 at Sipsey Fork, Warrior River by E. H. Hodges of Chelsea.
  • White Bass: 4 lbs., 9 oz. - Caught on 2/14/87 at Warrior River by Ben DeMott of Bessemer.
  • Yellow Bass (a): 2 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 4/12/00 at Guntersville Reservoir, Jackson Co. by Dennis M. Woebbeking of Pisgah.
  • Bowfin: 18 lbs., 6 oz. - Caught on 7/31/05 at Lake Tuscaloosa by Nelson Ray Sansing of Sawyerville.
  • Buffalo: 57 lbs., 0 oz. - Caught on 4/13/90 at Guntersville Reservoir by Ralph B. Lowery of Albertville.
  • Bullhead (Brown): 5 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 5/11/22 at a Private Pond, Butler Co. by Nekko Cantrell of Georgiana.
  • Carp: 35 lbs., 0 oz. - Caught on 4/19/80 at Bear Creek, Colbert Co. by Darrin Jackson of Double Springs.
  • Grass Carp (White Amur): 73 lbs., 0 oz. - Caught on 4/10/12 at Guntersville Reservoir by Bradley D. Bridges, Sr. of Bryant.
  • Blue Catfish: 120 lbs., 4 oz. - Caught on 3/9/12 at Holt Reservoir by John Paul Nichols of Northport.
  • Channel Catfish: 40 lbs., 0 oz. - Caught on 6/17/67 at Inland Lake by Donald R. Cox of Oneonta.
  • Flathead Catfish: 80 lbs., 0 oz. - Caught on 6/22/86 at Alabama River, Selma by Rick Conner of Selma.
  • White Catfish: 10 lbs., 5 oz. - Caught on 4/3/81 at Chambers Co. Public Fishing Lake by Roy T. Britton of Opelika.
  • Crappie (Black & White): Various weights and locations with ties in weights for Black Crappie.
  • Drum (Freshwater): 41 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 7/24/49 at Wilson Reservoir by Wilson Brock of Birmingham.
  • Eel (American): 5 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 5/11/89 at Lake Shechi, Chilton Co. by Todd A. Groover of Montevallo.
  • Gar (Alligator, Longnose, Spotted): Notable weights with Alligator Gar reaching 162 lbs., 0 oz.
  • Herring (Skipjack): 3 lbs., 4 oz. - Caught on 5/2/12 at Mulberry Fork by Bobby Lee Davis of Bessemer.
  • Muskellunge: 19 lbs., 8 oz. - Caught on 12/31/72 at Wilson Dam Tailwater by Steve Leatherwood of Haleyville.
  • Paddlefish: 52 lbs., 12 oz. - Caught on 3/18/82 at Wilson Dam Tailwater by Susan Holland of Muscle Shoals.
  • Perch (Yellow): 2 lbs., 2 oz. - Caught on 3/7/15 at Yates Reservoir by Gary Lee Grove, Jr. of Opelika.
  • Pickerel (Chain, Redfin): Various weights and locations.
  • Redhorse (Silver): 14 lbs., 14 oz. - Caught on 4/24/95 at Wilson Dam Tailwater by Chris Stephenson of Birmingham.
  • Sauger: 5 lbs., 2 oz. - Caught on 3/5/72 at Wilson Dam Tailwater by William F. Huntley of Athens.
  • Sunfish (Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redbreast, Redear): Various weights and locations with remarkable catches.
  • Trout (Rainbow): 9 lbs., 1 oz. - Caught on 4/22/06 at Mud Creek, Tannehill State Park by Otha G. Hamm of Alexandria.
  • Walleye: 10 lbs., 14 oz. - Caught on 6/24/80 at Weiss Reservoir by Julia Hurley of Cedar Bluff.
  • Warmouth: 1 lb., 12 oz. - Caught on 4/25/86 at a Farm Pond by Jimmy A. Barfield of Dothan.

(a) Indicates World Record

(b) Indicates Previous World Record - Rod and Reel

(c) Indicates Previous World Record - Any Method

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