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Alabama Freshwater Fish Records

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Procedures for the Certification of Alabama State Record Freshwater Fish

  • Fish must be caught in Alabama waters by legal means.
  • Fish must be identified by Alabama Fisheries Section biologist or other certified fisheries biologist.
  • Fish must be weighed on certified scales.
  • Weighing must be witnessed by two people.
  • Application must be submitted on an official application form within three months of the catch (request a form by dialing 1-334-242-3471).
  • Application form must be notarized.

Species

Weight

Date

Location

Angler/Hometown

Bass, Largemouth

16 lbs., 8 oz.

11/3/87

Mountain View Lake, Shelby Co.

Thomas “T.M.” Burgin / Birmingham

Bass, Redeyeb

3 lbs., 2 oz.

3/8/00

Choccolocco Creek

William Terry Johnson / Oxford

Bass, Rock

1 lb., 6 oz.

5/6/95

Paint Rock River

James R. Stewart / Scottsboro

Bass, Shoal

6 lbs., 11 oz.

2/25/96

Halawakee Creek

Darrell Trawick / Salem

Bass, Smallmouthc

10 lbs., 8 oz.

10/8/50

Wheeler Dam Tailwater

Owen F. Smith / Fairfield

Bass, Spottedb

8 lbs., 15 oz.

3/18/78

Lewis Smith Reservoir

Phillip C. Terry / Decatur

Bass, Stripeda

69 lbs., 9 oz.

2/28/13

Bankhead Reservoir

James Bramlett / Dora

Bass, Striped Hybrid

25 lbs., 15 oz.

9/13/96

Sipsey Fork, Warrior River

E. H. Hodges / Chelsea

Bass, White

4 lbs., 9 oz.

2/14/87

Warrior River

Ben DeMott / Bessemer

Bass, Yellowa

2 lbs., 8 oz.

4/12/00

Guntersville Reservoir, Jackson Co.

Dennis M. Woebbeking / Pisgah

Bowfin

18 lbs., 6 oz.

7/31/05

Lake Tuscaloosa

Nelson Ray Sansing / Sawyerville

Buffalo

57 lbs.

4/13/90

Guntersville Reservoir

Ralph B. Lowery / Albertville

Bullhead

3 lbs., 13 oz.

4/8/84

Private Pond, Montgomery Co.

Charles A. Lane / Montgomery

Carp

35 lbs.

4/19/80

Bear Creek, Colbert Co.

Darrin Jackson / Double Springs

Carp, Grass (White Amur)

73 lbs.

4/10/12

Guntersville Reservoir

Bradley D. Bridges, Sr. / Bryant

Catfish, Blue

120 lbs., 4 oz.

3/9/12

Holt Reservoir

John Paul Nichols / Northport

Catfish, Channel

40 lbs.

6/17/67

Inland Lake

Donald R. Cox / Oneonta

Catfish, Flathead

80 lbs.

6/22/86

Alabama River, Selma

Rick Conner / Selma

Catfish, White

10 lbs., 5 oz.

4/3/81

Chambers Co. Public Fishing Lake

Roy T. Britton / Opelika

Crappie, Black (tie)

4 lbs., 5 oz.

3/27/07

Ft. Payne Reservoir

Shelley Meadows / Mentone

4 lbs., 5 oz.

6/2/97

Private Pond, Jefferson Co.

William D. Webb / Birmingham

4 lbs., 4 oz.

3/18/84

Paint Creek

Sherril Harris / Sylacauga

Crappie, White (tie)

4 lbs., 9 oz.

5/8/00

Lake Martin, Tallapoosa Co.

Jeremy S. White / Alexander City

4 lbs., 8 oz.

4/4/74

Guntersville Reservoir

Jack Grant / Altoona

Drum, Freshwaterb

41 lbs., 8 oz.

7/24/49

Wilson Reservoir

Wilson Brock / Birmingham

Eel, American

5 lbs., 8 oz.

5/11/89

Lake Shechi, Chilton Co.

Tod A. Groover / Montevallo

Gar, Alligator (tie)

151 lbs., 9 oz.

8/13/09

Tensaw River

Richard Johnson / Bay Minette

151 lbs., 5 oz.

8/13/04

Tensaw River

Michael Houseknecht / Mobile

Gar, Longnose

32 lbs., 14 oz.

4/18/85

Jordan Reservoir

Gary Smyth / Pelham

Gar, Spotted

8 lbs., 12 oz.

8/26/87

Cotaco Creek

Winston Baker / Alexander City

Herring, Skipjack

3 lbs., 4 oz.

5/2/12

Mulberry Fork

Bobby Lee Davis / Bessemer

Muskellunge

19 lbs., 8 oz.

12/31/72

Wilson Dam Tailwater

Steve Leatherwood / Haleyville

Paddlefish

52 lbs., 12 oz.

3/18/82

Wilson Dam Tailwater

Susan Holland / Muscle Shoals

Perch, Yellow

2 lbs., 2 oz.

3/7/15

Yates Reservoir

Gary Lee Grove, Jr. / Opelika

Pickerel, Chain

6 lbs., 6 oz.

6/24/76

Dyas Creek, Baldwin Co.

Michael P. Ryan / Bay Minette

Pickerel, Redfin

13 oz.

7/7/14

Armstrong Creek / Washington Co.

Frank Lambert Dickey / Chatom

Redhorse, Silvera

14 lbs., 14 oz.

4/24/95

Wilson Dam Tailwater

Chris Stephenson / Birmingham

Sauger

5 lbs., 2 oz.

3/5/72

Wilson Dam Tailwater

William F. Huntley / Athens

Sunfish, Bluegilla

4 lbs., 12 oz.

4/9/50

Ketona Lake, Birmingham

T. S. Hudson / Birmingham

Sunfish, Green

1 lb., 9 oz.

8/10/05

McLamore Pond, Walker County

Caleb Miller / Parrish

Sunfish, Longear

8 oz.

5/12/90

Yellow River

Jerry Jones / Ozark

Sunfish, Redbreast

1 lb., 4 oz.

6/12/10

Choctawhatchee River

Archie Russ / Brantley

Sunfish, Redearb

4 lbs., 4 oz.

5/5/62

Chattahoochee State Park

Jeff Lashley / Gordon

Trout, Rainbow

9 lbs., 1 oz.

4/22/06

Mud Creek, Tannehill State Park

Otha G. Hamm / Alexandria

Walleye

10 lbs., 14 oz.

6/24/80

Weiss Reservoir

Julia Hurley / Cedar Bluff

Warmouth

1 lb., 12 oz.

4/25/86

Farm Pond

Jimmy A. Barfield / Dothan

a World Record

b Previous World Record — Rod and Reel

c Previous World Record — Any Method

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