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Tennessee

Fishing

State Records

How To Be Considered For a State Record Fish

The following criteria must be followed when applying for a state record certificate:
  1. State record fish application is available at www.tnwildlife.org under “Fishing”.
  2. To be considered for a state record certificate, the fish must be weighed on certified scales, or scales “legal for trade”. These scales may be found at supermarket meat centers, Farm/Feed stores, UPS/FedEx locations or at TWRA Regional offices.
  3. Two witnesses, one of which must be the scale operator/owner, must fill out and sign Part B of the application certifying that they have observed the declared weight.
  4. Only the current species listed in Class A and B, or those approved by TWRA, will be considered for a Tennessee state record fish certification.
  5. Ties are accepted, but a new state record will be recognized only if the weight of the fish is one (1) ounce (oz) or more than the weight of the previous state record for that species or recognized hybrid (see #7).
  6. It is the responsibility of the angler to contact a TWRA fisheries biologist for positive identification of the fish. The fish must be alive, fresh or frozen until positive species identity can be established. A photograph is not acceptable for identification.
  7. Only two hybrid classifications, the striped bass/white bass (Cherokee bass) and the walleye/sauger (Saugeye), will be considered for a state record. Applicants must be willing to submit to the professional judgment of the certifying biologist as to the fish’s hybrid status.
  8. TWRA reserves the right to conduct genetic testing on any fish submitted as a state record to verify its species or hybrid status.
      The completed application must be forwarded to the TWRA Fisheries Division within 30 days of the catch in order to be considered for a state record certification.
The records shown are as of January 1, 2021.

Tennessee Angling Records

Commom Name

Weight

Location

Angler

Date

CLASS A—Sport Fishing Methods

Black Bass
Alabama Bass 7 lbs. 0 oz. Parksville Reservoir Shane McKee March 10, 2014
Coosa (Redeye) 1 lb. 15 oz. Parksville Reservoir Harry E. Parker Aug. 18, 1991
Largemouth 15 lbs. 3 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Gabe Keen February 13, 2015
Smallmouth* 11 lbs. 15 oz. Dale Hollow Reservoir D. L. Hayes July 9, 1955
Spotted 6 lbs. 1 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Chris Coleman February 22, 2011
Buffalo
Bigmouth 62 lbs. 0 oz. J. Percy Priest Reservoir Jeff Wilkins March 31, 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. 0 oz. Marrowbone Lake John R. Pepper, Jr. May 21, 1997
Goldfish 3 lbs. 5 oz. Douglas Reservoir Chase Rich March 10, 2016
Grass 70 lbs. 0 oz. Guntersville Reservoir (Nickajack tailwater) Chad A. Killian June 4, 2005
Silver 31 lbs. 15 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Stan A. Conner April 23, 2017
Catfish
Black Bullhead 3 lbs. 6 oz. Emberton's Pond (Cannon Co.) Hunter Chance Gaither Feb. 20, 1997
Blue 112 lbs. 0 oz. Lock C, Cumberland River Robert E. Lewis June 7, 1998
Brown Bullhead 3 lbs. 15 oz. Whiteville Lake Gary Dean Arthur October 25, 2014
Channel 41 lbs. 0 oz. Fall Creek Falls Lake Clint Walters, Jr. July 30, 1982
Flathead 85 lbs. 15 oz. Hiwassee River Larry Kaylor July 25, 1993
Yellow Bullhead 4 lbs. 8 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Jessie R. Johnson April 21, 1979
Crappie
Black* 5 lbs. 7 oz. Pond (Loudon Co.) Lionel Ferguson May 15, 2018
White 5 lbs. 1 oz. Garner Brown's Pond (Dickson Co.) Bill Allen April 20, 1968
Gar
Longnose 38 lbs. 3 oz. Barkley Reservoir Mathew A. Norton April 19, 2002
Shortnose 7 lbs. 3 oz. Cross Creeks (Barkley Reservoir) Stephanie Flood June 13, 2014
Spotted 10 lbs. 10 oz. Cross Creeks (Barkley Reservoir) Keith Edward Bartley April 28, 2014
Perch
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
Yellow 2 lbs. 5 oz. Ocoee #3 Lake Jeremy G. Lorenz March 26, 2019
Pike
Chain Pickerel 7 lbs. 7 oz. Kentucky Reservoir Burke Williams Feb. 2, 1991
Muskellunge 43 lbs. 14 oz. Melton Hill Reservoir Steven Paul March 2, 2017
Northern 24 lbs. 8 oz. South Holston Reservoir Frank Childers Mar. 28, 1995
Redhorse
Black 3 lbs. 1 oz. South Holston River Roy Hawk Feb. 16, 2009
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
Smallmouth 1 lb. 10 oz. French Broad River Larry Hamilton July 27, 2013
Silver 4 lbs. 10 oz. Holston River Emma Nolen Mar. 8, 2020
Sunfish
Bluegill (Tie) 3 lbs. Farm Pond (Bledsoe Co.) Brad Pendergrass Dec. 19, 1987
3 lbs. Fall Creek Falls Lake Thelma Grissom June 28, 1977
Flier 8 oz. Kentucky Reservoir Craig Ellis June 8, 2001
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
Orangespotted 5 oz. Nolichucky River Donald Daryl Fox May 30, 1982
Pumpkinseed 5 oz. Dogwood Lake Lynn Middleton June 14, 1998
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
Trout
Brook 4 lbs. 12 oz. Caney Fork River Saša Krezic April 1, 2016
Brown 28 lbs. 12 oz. Clinch River Greg Ensor Aug. 30, 1988
Cutthroat 6 oz. Obey River Philip Neyman June 1, 1969
Lake 22 lbs. 2 oz. Watauga Reservoir Jack Forbes July 3, 2008
Ohrid* 14 lbs. 5 oz. Watauga Reservoir Richard Lynn Carter Mar. 28, 1986
Rainbow 18 lbs. 8 oz. Pond (Polk Co.) John H. Morgan III June 17, 2016
True Bass
Hybrid Striped (Cherokee) 23 lbs. 3 oz. Stones River Ray Pelfrey April 17, 1998
Striped (Rockfish) 65 lbs. 6 oz. Cordell Hull Reservoir Ralph H. Dallas May 1, 2000
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
Other
American Eel 8 lbs. 14 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Jason Wilson July 27, 2019
Atlantic Needlefish 1.6 oz. Pickwick Dam tailwater J. Wesley Neal Sept. 20, 2008
Bowfin 15 lbs. 7 oz. Reelfoot Lake Charles Aaron June 22, 1983
Central Stoneroller (Hornyhead) 10 oz. Hiwassee River Roy S. King May 1, 1983
Creek Chub 8 oz. West Blackburn Fork Creek Jake Wear June 21, 2017
Freshwater Drum* 54 lbs. 8 oz. Nickajack Reservoir Benny Hull April 20, 1972
Gizzard Shad 3 lbs. 3 oz. Holston River Preston H. Taylor III Dec. 13, 2008
Golden Shiner 1 lb. .05 oz. Kentucky Lake (Bass Bay) Joseph Wayne Dennie April 13, 2016
Goldeye 14 oz. Cumberland River Harold A. Sanders April 17, 1993
Mooneye 1 lb. 4 oz. Hiwassee River Steve D. Moss May 5, 2005
Northern Hogsucker 2 lbs. 9 oz. South Holston River Roy Hawk Feb. 16, 2009
Paddlefish 104 lbs. 0 oz. Cherokee Reservoir Ronnie Leon Meade April 3, 2016
Quillback Carpsucker 6 lbs. 5 oz. South Holston Reservoir Daniel Taylor February 10, 2019
River Carpsucker 1 lb. 9 oz. Pickwick Reservoir Dr. Jim Youmans Feb. 28, 1980
Skipjack Herring* 4 lbs. 3 oz. Watts Bar Reservoir Marc A. Cooper II February 17, 2015
Spotted Sucker* 3 lbs. 3 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Greg M. Henry Mar. 9, 2008
Tilapia 7 lbs. 6 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Gary L. Phelps November 27, 2017
White Sucker 1 lbs. 10 oz. Little War Creek (Hancock Co.) Jim Habera April 26, 2007

CLASS B—Methods Other Than Sport Fishing

(a) trotline, (b) limbline, (c) jug, (d) slat basket, (e) gigging, (f) grabbling, (g) grab hooks, (h) snagging, (i) archery, (j) speargun, (k) commercial gear
Buffalo
Bigmouth 59 lbs. 7 oz. (i) J. Percy Priest Reservoir Brett J. Dennison May 2, 2013
Black 80 lbs. (a) Robco Lake (Shelby Co.) Hiluard J. DeLoach April 1, 1980
Smallmouth 68 lbs. 8 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Reece Bledsoe Jonathon Bledsoe April 6, 2013
Carp
Bighead 95 lbs. (k) Kentucky Reservoir (Eagle Cr.) Billy Roberson Sept. 3, 2014
Black 22 lbs. (k) Kentucky Reservoir (Camden Bottoms) Billy Roberson February 5, 2019
Common 52 lbs. 14 oz. (i) Nickajack Reservoir Allen Kimsey June 24, 2002
Goldfish 2 lbs. (i) Douglas Reservoir Justin Wolbert April 5, 2020
Grass 78 lbs. (i) Nickajack Reservoir Allen Kimsey May 19, 2001
Silver 36 lbs. 14 oz. (i) Cheatham Reservoir Connor Edwards March 14, 2015
Catfish
Black Bullhead 3 lbs. 14 oz.* Lakeland Trout Farm David Tait June 18, 1982
Blue 130 lbs. (k) Ft. Loudoun Reservoir J. G. Garland Bill Norman Richard Reagan Dec. 18, 1976
Brown Bullhead 3 lbs. 4 oz. (c) Whiteville Lake Gary Dean Arthur Oct. 25, 2014
Channel (Tie) 18 lbs. (k) Kentucky Reservoir Billy Roberson March 3, 2016
18 lbs. (b) Tims Ford Reservoir Josh Burch July 13, 2016
Flathead 92 lbs. (k) Mississippi River Kenneth A. Childress Jackie W. Stafford Jerry L. Stafford Nov. 30, 2000
Yellow Bullhead 9 oz. (c) Beaver Creek (Knoxville) Dan Pluff Sept. 17, 2013
Gar
Longnose 45 lbs. 8 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Kirk Wood & Alex Bailey October 7, 2015
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
Redhorse
Black 3 lbs. 10 oz. (a) Chilhowee Reservoir Lewis Winters Oct. 26, 2007
River 15 lbs. 4 oz. (h) Wolf River (Pickett Co.) Billy Joe Johnson May 6, 2018
Silver 4 lbs. 14 oz. (i) W. Prong Little Pigeon River Greg Bull January 28, 2015
Smallmouth 1 lb. 3 oz. (i) W. Prong Little Pigeon River Greg Bull February 26, 2017
Other
American Eel 4 lbs. 0 oz. (a) Duck River Evan Mercer June 9, 2018
Bowfin 11 lbs. (i) Reelfoot Lake John Burton April 17, 2018
Central Stoneroller 5 oz. (h) Doe River Rex Timbs Nov. 6, 1997
Creek Chub .10 oz. (*) West Fork Drakes Creek Jake A. Wade February 9, 2018
Freshwater Drum 29 lbs. 1 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Andrew Pruitt March 25, 2017
Gizzard Shad 2 lb. 14 oz. (k) Kentucky Reservoir Billy Roberson April 18, 2013
Golden Shiner 11 oz. (k) Kentucky Reservoir Billy Roberson January 19, 2016
Northern Hogsucker 1 lb. 10 oz. (i) Ky. Res.—Standing Rock Cr. Dale E. Brooks Aug. 9, 1996
Paddlefish 120 lbs. (h) Center Hill Res.(Bluehole) John T. Johnson March 23, 1982
Quillback Carpsucker 6 lbs. 5 oz. (i) Boone Reservoir Danny Tipton May 15, 2020
River Carpsucker 8 lbs. 1 oz. (i) Cordell Hull Reservoir Brandon Nixon May 2, 2020
Skipjack Herring 2 lbs. 15 oz. (k) Duck River Billy Roberson December 14, 2015
Spotted Sucker 2 lbs. 10 oz. (i) Ky. Res.—Standing Rock Cr. Christopher Todd July 26, 1996
Tilapia 9 lbs. 8 oz. (i) Old Hickory Reservoir Steve Creekmore December 2, 2017