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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 calling
    (334) 242-3471
    .
  • Application form must be notarized.

Species

Weight

Date

Location

Angler/Hometown

Bass, Largemouth

16 lbs, 8 oz

11/3/1987

Mtn. View Lake, Shelby Co.

Thomas (T.M.) Burgin/Birmingham

Bass, Redeyeb

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 (protected in AL; release when captured)

6 lbs, 11 oz

2/25/1996

Halawakee Creek

Darrell Trawick/Salem

Bass, Smallmouthc

10 lbs, 8 oz

10/8/1950

Wheeler Dam Tailwater

Owen F. Smith/Fairfield

Bass, Spottedb

8 lbs, 15 oz

3/18/1978

Lewis Smith Reservoir

Phillip C. Terry/Decatur

Bass, Striped

55 lbs

1955

Tallapoosa River

Charles Totty/Tallassee

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, Yellowa

2 lbs, 8 oz

4/12/2000

Guntersville Reservoir

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

3 lbs, 13 oz

4/8/1984

Private Pond/Montgomery Co.

Charles A. Lane/Montgomery

Carp

35 lbs

4/19/1980

Bear Creek, Colbert Co.

Darrin Jackson/Double Springs

Carp, Grass (White Amur)

70 lbs

4/12/1999

Lake Martin, Elmore Co.

Michael White, Jr./Eclectic

Catfish, Blueb

111 lbs

7/5/1996

Wheeler Reservoir

William P. McKinley/Elkmont

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

Fort 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 County

Jeremy S. White/Alexander City

4 lbs, 8 oz

4/4/1974

Guntersville Reservoir

Jack Grant/Altoona

Drum, Freshwaterb

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, 1 oz

12/31/2008

Wheeler Reservoir

Bruce Ekstrom/Huntsville

Muskellunge
(no longer stocked)

19 lbs, 8 oz

12/31/1972

Wilson Dam Tailwater

Steve Leatherwood/Haleyville

Paddlefish (protected; release when captured)

52 lbs, 12 oz

3/18/1982

Wilson Dam Tailwater

Susan Holland/Muscle Shoals

Perch, Yellow

1 lb, 15 oz

2/26/2000

Wheeler Reservoir, Limestone Co.

Mathew K. Patterson/Decatur

Pickerel, Chain

6 lbs, 6 oz

6/24/1976

Dyas Creek, Baldwin Co.

Michael P. Ryan/Bay Minette

Pickerel, Redfin

0 lbs, 11 oz

8/24/2010

Armstrong Creek, Washington Co.

Frank Lambert Dickey/Chatom

Redhorse, Silvera

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, Bluegilla

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 Co.

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, Redearb

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

a World Record

b Previous World Record — Rod and Reel

c Previous World Record — Any Method

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