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How To Be Considered For a State Record Fish

The following criteria must be followed when applying for a state record certificate:

  1. To be considered for a state record certificate, the fish must be weighed on a certified scale. These scales may be found at supermarket meat centers or at TWRA Regional Offices.
  2. Two witnesses, one of which must be the scale operator/owner, must sign the application certifying that they have observed the declared weight.
  3. Only species recognized by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) will be considered for Tennessee state record certification. These are available at http://www.igfa.org.
  4. A new state record will be recognized only if the weight of the fish exceeds 1 oz or more than the weight of the previous state record for that species or recognized hybrid.
  5. It is the responsibility of the fisherman to contact a TWRA fisheries biologist for positive identification of the fish. The fish must be fresh or frozen until positive species identity can be established.
  6. Only two hybrid classifications, the striped bass • white bass (Cherokee bass) and the walleye • sauger (Saugeye), will be considered for state record classification. Applicants must be willing to submit to the professional judgment of the certifying biologist as to the fish’s hybrid status.
  7. TWRA reserves the right to conduct genetic testing on any fish submitted as a state record to verify its species or hybrid status.
  8. The completed application must be forwarded to the TWRA Fisheries Management Division within 30 days of the catch in order to be considered for a state record certificate.

TENNESSEE ANGLING RECORDS as of January 1, 2014

CLASS A—Sport Fishing Methods

Common Name

Weight

location

angler

date

BLACK
BASS

Coosa (Redeye)

1 lb. 15 oz.

Parksville Reservoir

Harry E. Parker

Aug. 18, 1991

Smallmouth*

11 lbs. 15 oz.

Dale Hollow Reservoir

D. L. Hayes

July 9, 1955

Largemouth

14 lbs. 8 oz.

Sugar Creek (Lawrence Co.)

James “Logue” Barnett

Oct. 17, 1954

Spotted

6 lbs. 7 oz.

Ocoee River

Wesley Strader

July 30, 2010

TRUE BASS

Striped (Rockfish)

65 lbs. 6 oz.

Cordell Hull Reservoir

Ralph H. Dallas

May 1, 2000

Hybrid Striped (Cherokee)

23 lbs. 3 oz.

Stones River

Ray Pelfrey

April 17, 1998

White

5 lbs. 10 oz.

Mississippi River

Bill Nelson

Sept. 29, 2003

Yellow*

2 lbs. 9 oz.

Duck River (near Waverly,TN)

John T. Chappell

Feb. 27, 1998

TROUT

Brook

3 lbs. 14 oz.

Hiwassee River

Jerry Wills

Aug. 15, 1973

Brown

28 lbs. 12 oz.

Clinch River

Greg Ensor

Aug. 30, 1988

Cutthroat

6 oz.

Obey River

Philip Neyman

June 1, 1969

Rainbow

16 lbs. 15 oz.

Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir

Ronnie Rowland

Sept. 6, 2002

Ohrid*

14 lbs. 5 oz.

Watauga Reservoir

Richard Lynn Carter

Mar. 28, 1986

Lake

22 lbs. 2 oz.

Watauga Reservoir

Jack Forbes

July 3, 2008

CRAPPIE

Black

4 lbs. 4 oz.

Brown’s Creek Lake

Clyde Freeman

Mar. 23, 1985

White

5 lbs. 1 oz.

Garner Brown’s Pond, Dickson County

Bill Allen

April 20, 1968

PERCH

Yellow

2 lb. 2 oz.

Parksville Lake

Jackie V. Kersey

March 10, 2010

Sauger

7 lbs. 6 oz.

Kentucky Reservoir (Pickwick tailwater)

Rayford D. Voss

Feb. 19, 1973

Saugeye

10 lbs. 12 oz.

Melton Hill Reservoir

Chris Vittetoe

July 18, 1998

Walleye*

25 lbs.

Old Hickory Reservoir

Mabry Harper

Aug. 3, 1960

PIKE

Northern

24 lbs. 8 oz.

South Holston Reservoir

Frank Childers

Mar. 28, 1995

Muskellunge

42 lbs. 8 oz.

Norris Reservoir

Kyle F. Edwards

April 27, 1983

Chain Pickerel

7 lbs. 7 oz.

Kentucky Reservoir

Burke Williams

Feb. 2, 1991

Grass (Redfin) Pickerel

— No Entry —

SUNFISH

Bluegill (Tie)

3 lbs.

Farm Pond, Bledsoe Co.

Brad Pendergrass

Dec. 19, 1987

3 lbs.

Fall Creek Falls Creek

Thelma Grissom

June 27, 1977

Pumpkinseed

5 oz.

Dogwood Lake

Lynn Middleton

June 14, 1998

Green

l lb. 4 oz.

North Cross Creek

Dwight M. Lehman

June 8, 1991

Longear

13 oz.

Pond, Overton Co.

Kay Forsberg

May 15, 1985

Redbreast

1 lb. 5 oz.

Holston River

R. W. Gillespie

June 22, 1974

Redear

3 lbs. 6 oz.

Private Pond

Annelise S. Houston

Sept. 1, 1979

Rock Bass

2 lbs. 8 oz.

Stones River

Bill Sanford

1958

Warmouth

1 lb. 12 oz.

Nolichucky River

Frank E. Garrett

May 26, 1984

Flier

8 oz.

Kentucky Reservoir

Craig Ellis

June 8, 2001

Orangespotted

5 oz.

Nolichucky River

Donald Daryl Fox

May 30, 1982

CATFISH

Channel

41 lbs.

Fall Creek Falls Lake

Clint Walters, Jr.

July 30, 1982

Blue

112 lbs.

Lock C, Cumberland River

Robert E. Lewis

June 7, 1998

Flathead

85 lbs. 15 oz.

Hiwassee River

Larry Kaylor

July 25, 1993

Black Bullhead

3 lbs. 6 oz.

Emberton’s Pond, Cannon Co.

Hunter Chance Gaither

Feb. 20, 1997

Brown Bullhead

2 lbs. 14 oz.

Chickamauga Reservoir

John Thomas Hammond

June 5, 1980

Yellow Bullhead

4 lbs. 8 oz.

Chickamauga Reservoir

Jessie R. Johnson

April 21, 1979

BUFFALO

Bigmouth

62 lbs. 0 oz.

J. Percy Priest Reservoir

Jeff Wilkins

April 1, 2010

Black

58 lbs. 0 oz.

Nickajack Reservoir

Steve Coursey

May 20, 2013

Smallmouth

62 lbs. 7 oz.

J. Percy Priest Reservoir

Jerry W. Young

April 28, 2001

CARP

Bighead*

90 lbs. 0 oz.

Guntersville Reservoir

Jeffrey J. Rorex

June 2, 2005

Common

53 lbs.

Marrowbone Lake

John R. Pepper, Jr.

May 21, 1997

Goldfish

1 lbs. 11 oz.

Douglas Reservoir

Scott Hickman

Feb. 17, 2011

Silver

14 lbs. 13 oz.

Kentucky Reservoir

Timothy D. Mcaroy

Oct. 20, 2013

Grass

70 lbs.

Guntersville Reservoir (Nickajack tailwater)

Chad A. Killian

June 4, 2005

GAR

Longnose

38 lbs. 3 oz.

Barkley Reservoir

Mathew A. Norton

April 19, 2002

Shortnose

6 lbs. 6 oz.

Kentucky Reservoir

Kay Lynn Butterfield

June 15, 2001

Spotted

9 lbs. 5 oz.

Cross Creeks

Victor Robinson

June 27, 1999

REDHORSE

Black

3 lbs. 1 oz.

South Holston River

Roy Hawk

Feb. 16, 2009

Blacktail

— No Entry —

Golden

2 lbs. 15.5 oz.

South Holston River

W. Powell Partridge, Sr.

Mar. 28, 2008

River

11 lbs. 10 oz.

Pigeon River

David H. Ray

May 2, 2009

Shorthead (Smallmouth)

1 lb. 10 oz.

French Broad River

Larry Hamilton

July 27, 2013

Silver

4 lbs. 8 oz.

Harpeth River

Jimmy A. Filson

June 21, 2008

OTHER

American Eel

5 lbs. 12 oz.

Old Hickory Reservoir

Kelly Rollin, Jr.

July 29, 2008

Striped Mullet

— No Entry —

Bowfin

15 lbs. 7 oz.

Reelfoot Lake

Charles Aaron

June 22, 1983

Paddlefish

81 lbs. 12 oz.

Cherokee Lake

Stephen L. Criss

March 4, 2012

Creek Chub

5 oz.

Goose Creek (Jefferson Co.)

Steven D. Miller

May 25, 2013

Central Stoneroller (Hornyhead)

10 oz.

Hiwassee River

Roy S. King

May 1, 1983

Golden Shiner

15 oz.

Chickamauga Reservoir

Dave Littlejohn

Mar. 26, 1999

Gizzard Shad

3 lbs. 3 oz.

Holston River

Preston H. Taylor III

Dec. 13, 2008

Skipjack Herring*

4 lbs. 0 oz.

Watts Bar Reservoir

Chris Vittetoe

Feb. 28, 2004

Goldeye

14 oz.

Cumberland River

Harold A. Sanders

April 17, 1993

Mooneye

1 lb. 4 oz.

Hiwassee River

Steve D. Moss

May 5, 2005

River Carpsucker

1 lb. 9 oz.

Pickwick Reservoir

Dr. Jim Youmans

Feb. 28, 1980

Quillback Carpsucker

5 lbs. 8 oz.

Boone Reservoir

Brandon Hollaway

June 23, 2012

White Sucker

1 lbs. 10 oz.

Little War Creek (Hancock Co.)

Jim Habera

April 26, 2007

Northern Hogsucker

2 lbs. 9 oz.

South Holston River

Roy Hawk

Feb. 16, 2009

Freshwater Drum*

54 lbs. 8 oz.

Nickajack Reservoir

Benny Hull

April 20, 1972

Spotted Sucker

3 lbs. 3 oz.

Chickamauga Reservoir

Greg M. Henry

Mar. 9, 2008

Atlantic Needlefish

1.6 oz.

Pickwick Dam tailwater

J. Wesley Neal

Sept. 20, 2008

*Recognized All-Tackle World Record

CLASS B—Methods Other Than Rod and Reel

(a) trotline, (b) limbline, (c) jug, (d) slat basket, (e) grabbling, (f) grab hooks, (g) snatch hooks, (h) tubbing, (i) archery, (j) speargun, (k) dipping, (l) commercial gear, (m) cast net

COMMON NAME

WEIGHT

LOCATION

ANGLER

DATE

Buffalo

Bigmouth

59 lbs. 7 oz. (i)

J. Percy Priest Reservoir

Brett J. Dennison

May 2, 2013

Smallmouth

68 lbs. 8 oz. (i)

Kentucky Reservoir

Reece Bledsoe
Jonathon Bledsoe

April 6, 2013

Black

80 lbs. (a)

Robco Lake (Shelby Co.)

Hiluard J. DeLoach

April 1, 1980

Carp

Bighead

92 lbs. 10 oz. (g)

Reelfoot Lake

Randall Hughes

Mar. 23, 2008

Common

52 lbs. 14 oz. (i)

Nickajack Reservoir

Allen Kimsey

July 24, 2002

Grass

78 lbs. (i)

Nickajack Reservoir

Allen Kimsey

May 19, 2001

Silver

36 lbs. 0 oz. (i)

Kentucky Lake

CeJae Brown

June 13, 2013

Redhorse

River

11 lbs. 6 oz. (f)

West Fork of Obey River

John Mark Keisling

April 28, 2007

Black

3 lbs. 10 oz. (a)

Chilhowee Reservoir

Lewis Winters

Oct. 26, 2007

Catfish

Channel

12 lbs. 9 oz. (i)

J. Percy Priest Reservoir

Brett Dennison

July 16, 2013

Flathead

92 lbs. (l)

Mississippi River

Kenneth A. Childress
Jackie W. Stafford
Jerry L. Stafford

Nov. 30, 2000

Blue

130 lbs. (l)

Ft. Loudoun Reservoir

J. G. Garland
Bill Norman
Richard Reagan

Dec. 18, 1976

Bullhead

Black

3 lbs. 14 oz. (k)

Lakeland Trout Farm

David Tait

June 18, 1982

Yellow

9 oz. (c)

Beaver Creek (Knoxville)

Dan Pluff

Sept. 17, 2013

Gar

Longnose

37 lbs. 1 oz. (i)

Chisholm Lake

Caleb Wilbanks
Hunter Jackson

Aug. 11, 2007

Shortnose

8 lbs. 4 oz. (i)

Chickamauga Reservoir

Scott Simmons

April 15, 1984

Spotted

12 lbs. 0 oz. (i)

Reelfoot Lake

Jim Ulerick

April 14, 2013

Other

Skipjack Herring

1 lb. 6 oz. (l)

Cypress Creek

Mike Tolley

May 6, 1984

Central Stoneroller

5 oz. (g)

Doe River

Rex Timbs

Nov. 6, 1997

Spotted Sucker

2 lbs. 10 oz. (i)

Ky. Lk.—Standing Rock Cr. Emby.

Christopher Todd

July 26, 1996

Freshwater Drum

25 lbs. 7 oz. (i)

Nickajack Reservoir

Allen Kimsey

April 23, 2002

Northern Hogsucker

1 lb. 10 oz. (i)

Ky. Lk.—Standing Rock Cr.

Dale E. Brooks

Aug. 9, 1996

Paddlefish

120 lbs. (g)

Center Hill Res.(Bluehole)

John T. Johnson

March 23, 1982

Bowfin

21 lbs. 12 oz. (i)

Cedar Creek

Pat Johns

June 3, 1997

Gizzard Shad

2 lb. 14 oz. (l)

Kentucky Reservoir

Billy Roberson

April 18, 2013

American Eel

2 lbs. 5 oz. (c)

Kentucky Lake (Big Sandy)

Timothy D. Mcaroy

October 14, 2013

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