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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.
  9. 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, 2022.

Tennessee Angling Records

Common 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

37 lbs., 0 oz.

Old Hickory Reservoir

Brian Keith

May 8, 2021

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

109 lbs., 0 oz.

Cherokee Reservoir

Leonard Jech

April 13, 2021

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

3 lbs., 12 oz. (i)

Nolichucky River

Justin Wolbert

April 28, 2021

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., 15 oz. (i)

Chickamauga Reservoir

Heath Jordan

January 29, 2021

Tilapia

9 lbs. 8 oz. (i)

Old Hickory Reservoir

Steve Creekmore

December 2, 2017