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Freshwater Fish Records

Hunting Regulations Icon Alabama Hunting & Fishing

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. 11/3/1987 Mountain View Lake, Shelby Co. Thomas “T.M.” Burgin / Birmingham
Bass, Redeye (b) 3 lbs., 2 oz. 3/8/2000 Choccolocco Creek William Terry Johnson / Oxford
Bass, Rock 1 lb., 6 oz. 5/6/1995 Paint Rock River James R. Stewart / Scottsboro
Bass, Shoal 6 lbs., 11 oz. 2/25/1996 Halawakee Creek Darrell Trawick / Salem
Bass, Smallmouth (c) 10 lbs., 8 oz. 10/8/1950 Wheeler Dam Tailwater Owen F. Smith / Fairfield
Bass, Spotted (b) 8 lbs., 15 oz. 3/18/1978 Lewis Smith Reservoir Phillip C. Terry / Decatur
Bass, Striped (a) 69 lbs., 9 oz. 2/28/2013 Bankhead Reservoir James Bramlett / Dora
Bass, Striped Hybrid 25 lbs., 15 oz. 9/13/1996 Sipsey Fork, Warrior River E. H. Hodges / Chelsea
Bass, White 4 lbs., 9 oz. 2/14/1987 Warrior River Ben DeMott / Bessemer
Bass, Yellow (a) 2 lbs., 8 oz. 4/12/2000 Guntersville Reservoir, Jackson Co. Dennis M. Woebbeking / Pisgah
Bowfin 18 lbs., 6 oz. 7/31/2005 Lake Tuscaloosa Nelson Ray Sansing / Sawyerville
Buffalo 57 lbs. 4/13/1990 Guntersville Reservoir Ralph B. Lowery / Albertville
Bullhead (Brown) 4 lbs., 3 oz. 5/7/2019 Private Pond, Lee Co. Collin Burney / Auburn
Carp 35 lbs. 4/19/1980 Bear Creek, Colbert Co. Darrin Jackson / Double Springs
Carp, Grass (White Amur) 73 lbs. 4/10/2012 Guntersville Reservoir Bradley D. Bridges, Sr. / Bryant
Catfish, Blue 120 lbs., 4 oz. 3/9/2012 Holt Reservoir John Paul Nichols / Northport
Catfish, Channel 40 lbs. 6/17/1967 Inland Lake Donald R. Cox / Oneonta
Catfish, Flathead 80 lbs. 6/22/1986 Alabama River, Selma Rick Conner / Selma
Catfish, White 10 lbs., 5 oz. 4/3/1981 Chambers Co. Public Fishing Lake Roy T. Britton / Opelika
Crappie, Black (tie) 4 lbs., 5 oz. 3/27/2007 Ft. Payne Reservoir Shelley Meadows / Mentone
4 lbs., 5 oz. 6/2/1997 Private Pond, Jefferson Co. William D. Webb / Birmingham
4 lbs., 4 oz. 3/18/1984 Paint Creek Sherril Harris / Sylacauga
Crappie, White (tie) 4 lbs., 9 oz. 5/8/2000 Lake Martin, Tallapoosa Co. Jeremy S. White / Alexander City
4 lbs., 8 oz. 4/4/1974 Guntersville Reservoir Jack Grant / Altoona
Drum, Freshwater (b) 41 lbs., 8 oz. 7/24/1949 Wilson Reservoir Wilson Brock / Birmingham
Eel, American 5 lbs., 8 oz. 5/11/1989 Lake Shechi, Chilton Co. Tod A. Groover / Montevallo
Gar, Alligator (tie) 151 lbs., 9 oz. 8/13/2009 Tensaw River Richard Johnson / Bay Minette
151 lbs., 5 oz. 8/13/2004 Tensaw River Michael Houseknecht / Mobile
Gar, Longnose 32 lbs., 14 oz. 4/18/1985 Jordan Reservoir Gary Smyth / Pelham
Gar, Spotted 8 lbs., 12 oz. 8/26/1987 Cotaco Creek Winston Baker / Alexander City
Herring, Skipjack 3 lbs., 4 oz. 5/2/2012 Mulberry Fork Bobby Lee Davis / Bessemer
Muskellunge 19 lbs., 8 oz. 12/31/1972 Wilson Dam Tailwater Steve Leatherwood / Haleyville
Paddlefish 52 lbs., 12 oz. 3/18/1982 Wilson Dam Tailwater Susan Holland / Muscle Shoals
Perch, Yellow 2 lbs., 2 oz. 3/7/2015 Yates Reservoir Gary Lee Grove, Jr. / Opelika
Pickerel, Chain 6 lbs., 6 oz. 6/24/1976 Dyas Creek, Baldwin Co. Michael P. Ryan / Bay Minette
Pickerel, Redfin (tie) 14 oz. 9/4/2017 Baggett Creek / Washington Co. Henry Merrit / Deer Park
13 oz. 7/7/2014 Armstrong Creek / Washington Co. Frank Lambert Dickey / Chatom
Redhorse, Silver (a) 14 lbs., 14 oz. 4/24/1995 Wilson Dam Tailwater Chris Stephenson / Birmingham
Sauger 5 lbs., 2 oz. 3/5/1972 Wilson Dam Tailwater William F. Huntley / Athens
Sunfish, Bluegill (a) 4 lbs., 12 oz. 4/9/1950 Ketona Lake, Birmingham T. S. Hudson / Birmingham
Sunfish, Green 1 lb., 9 oz. 8/10/2005 McLamore Pond, Walker County Caleb Miller / Parrish
Sunfish, Longear 8 oz. 5/12/1990 Yellow River Jerry Jones / Ozark
Sunfish, Redbreast 1 lb., 4 oz. 6/12/2010 Choctawhatchee River Archie Russ / Brantley
Sunfish, Redear (b) 4 lbs., 4 oz. 5/5/1962 Chattahoochee State Park Jeff Lashley / Gordon
Trout, Rainbow 9 lbs., 1 oz. 4/22/2006 Mud Creek, Tannehill State Park Otha G. Hamm / Alexandria
Walleye 10 lbs., 14 oz. 6/24/1980 Weiss Reservoir Julia Hurley / Cedar Bluff
Warmouth

1 lb., 12 oz.

4/25/1986

Farm Pond Jimmy A. Barfield / Dothan