Largest Bass Caught By State - ALL 50 States Records


See how your state stacks up against the others when it comes to record setting largemouth bass. 

We all would like to have our names etched into stone for catching a record fish. There are some people in this world who go after those monsters 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 one that breaks these records, some of which are decades old; it just seems like a lot of luck and being in the right place at the right time.

Largemouth bass and other species of the bass family can reach more than generous sizes for freshwater fish. The current 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 record had been standing since 1932 when George Perry caught a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth from Montgomery Lake in Georg

State Weight Location Angler Year
 Alaska  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
 Alabama 16 lbs, 8 oz Mountain View Lake Thomas Burgin  1987
 Arizona 16 lbs, 7 oz Canyon Lake Randall White  1997
 Arkansas 16 lbs, 5 oz Lake Dunn Paul Crowder  2012
 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, 10 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
Edward Walbel  1976
 Indiana 14 lbs, 12 oz Unnamed Lake Jenifer Schultz  1991
 Iowa 10 lbs, 14 oz Lake Fisher Patricia Zaerr  1984
State Weight Location Angler Year
Kansas 11 lbs, 12.8 oz Private Pit Lake Tyson Hallam  2008
Kentucky 13 lbs, 10.4 oz Wood Creek Lake Dale Wilson  1984
Louisiana 15.97 lbs Caney Lake Greg Wiggins  1994
Maine 11 lbs, 10 oz Moose Pond Rodney Cockrell  1968
Maryland 11 lbs, 2 oz Private Pond Rodney Cockrell  1983
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, 12.75 oz Tetonka Lake Joseph Johanns  1959
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.

State Weight Location Angler Year
Ohio 13 lbs, 2 oz Private Pond Roy Landsberger 1976
Oklahoma 14 lbs, 12.3 oz Cedar Lake Benny Williams Jr. 2012
Oregon 11 lbs, 9.6 oz Private Pond Randy Spaur 1994
Pennsylvania 11 lbs, 3 oz Birch Run Reservoir Donal Shade 1983
Rhode Island 10 lbs, 6 oz Johnson's Pond Brandon Migliore 2016
South Carolina 16 lbs, 2 oz Lake Marion P.H. Flanagan 1949
South Dakota 9 lbs, 3 oz Hudson Gravel Pit Richard Vierick 1999
Tennessee 15 lbs, 2 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 11 lbs, 9 oz Banks Lake Carl Pruitt 1977
West Virginia 9 lbs, 9.9 oz Dog Run Lake Eli Gain 2001
Wisconsin 11 lbs, 3 oz Ripley Lake N/A 1940
Wyoming 7 lbs, 14 oz Private Pond Dustin Shorma 1992

I know one thing, I would love to travel around and try to find some of these private ponds that are producing these record fish. It would be interesting to see if they passed the genetic size traits to some of their fingerlings.

All I can say is, good luck to everyone and may the fish gods shine upon us to possibly land one big enough to attempt to rival or break these records.n

Reviews (12 comments)

  • Kyle Koopman On

    Im going to beat that Iowa record

  • Andy Williamson On

    The South Dakota record shown is not current. It is 9 lb. 5 oz. taken from Indian Scout Lake, Apr. 27, 2020, by Matthew Dunham. Please correct. Thank you.
  • Andy Williamson On

    I posted the info on the South Dakota record Jan. 11, 2021, not July 27, 2019. Please correct this.
  • Andy Williamson On

    The South Dakota record listed is not current. It now is 9 lb. 5 oz. from Indian Scout Lake, by Matthew Dunham, caught on April 27, 2020. Please make the correction, Basscasters. Thank you.
  • Pete Sindone On

    I almost had the NY state record is 1999.. I entered the Big Bass World Championship and WON Ny state with a 10.32 Large mouth..

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