Alabama State Record Freshwater Fish

Here is a comprehensive list of Alabama’s State Record Freshwater Fish-from Largemouth Bass to Warmouth.

Procedures for the “Certification of Alabama State Record Freshwater Fish” includes:

  • Fish must be caught in Alabama waters by legal means. 
  • Fish must be identified by a 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 official application form
  • Application form must be notarized.


SPECIES WEIGHT DATE LOCATION HOMETOWN
Bass, Largemouth 16 lbs 8 oz 11/3/1987 Mtn. View Lake, Shelby Co Thomas (T. M.) Burgin, Birmingham
Bass, Redeye (b) 3 lbs 2 oz 3/8/2000 Choccolocco Creek 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) l0 lbs 8 oz 10/8/1950 Wheeler Dam tailwater Owen F. Smith, Fairfield
Bass, Spotted (b) 8 lbs 15 oz 3/18/1978 Smith Lake Phillip C. Terry, Decatur
Bass,Striped 
(landlocked) (a)
69 lbs, 9 oz 2/28/2013 Bankhead Reservoir James Bramlett, Dora
Bass, Hybrid Striped 25 lbs 15 oz 9/13/1996 Sipsey Fork E. H. Hodges, Chelsea
Bass, White 4 lbs 9 oz 2/14/1987 Warrior River Ben DeMott, Bessemer
Bass, Yellow (a) 2 lb 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 3 lbs 13 oz 4/8/1984 Private Pond, Montgomery. Co. Charles A. Lane, Montgomery
Carp, Common 35 lbs 4/19/1980 Bear Creek, Colbert County Darrin Jackson, Double Springs
Carp, Grass 73 lbs 4/10/2012 Guntersville Reservoir Bradley D. Bridges, Sr., Bryant
Catfish, Blue (b) 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 Lake Roy T. Britton, Opelika
Crappie, Black (tie) 4 lbs 5 oz

4 lbs 5 oz
4 lbs 4 oz

3/27/2007

6/2/1997
3/18/1984

Fort Payne Res.

Jefferson Co. pond
Paint Creek

Shelley Meadows/Mentone
William D. Webb, B’ham
Sherril Harris, Sylacauga
Crappie, White 4 lbs 9 oz
4 lbs 8 oz
5/8/2000
4/4/1974
Lake Martin, Tallapoosa Co.
Guntersville Reservoir
Jeremy S. White, Alexander City
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 151 lbs 9 oz
151 lbs 5 oz
8/13/2009
8/13/2004
Tensaw River
Tensaw River
Richard Johnson, Bay Minette
Michael Houseknecht/Mobile
Gar, Longnose 32 lbs 14oz 4/18/1985 Jordan Reservoir Gary Smyth, Pelham
Gar, Spotted 8 lbs 12 oz 8/26/1987 Cotaco Creek Winston Baker, Alex City
Herring, Skipjack 3 lbs 4 oz 5/2/2012 Mulberry Fork Bobby Lee Davis, Bessemer
Muskellunge
(no longer stocked)
19 lbs 8 oz 12/31/1972 Wilson Dam tailwater Steve Leatherwood, Haleyville
Paddlefish 
(now protected,
release when captured)
52 lbs 12 oz 3/18/1982 Wilson Dam tailwater Susan Holland, Muscle Shoals
Perch, Yellow 2 lb 2 oz 3/7/2015 Yates Reservoir Gary Lee Grove, Jr./Opelika
Pickerel, Chain 6 lbs 6 oz 6/24/1976 Dyas Creek, Baldwin County Michael P. Ryan, Bay Minette
Pickerel, Redfin 0 lbs 14 oz 9/4/2017 Bassett Creek, Wash. Co. Henry Merritt, Deer Park
Redhorse, Silver (a) 14 lbs 14 oz 4/24/1995 Wilson Dam tailwater Chris Stephenson, B’ham
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 lbs 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 Park Jeff Lashley, Gordon
Trout, Rainbow 9 lbs 1 oz 4/22/2006 Mud Creek, Tannehill Historical State Park Otha 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, Rod And Reel/ (b) Previous World Record, Rod and Reel / (c) Previous World Record, Any Method

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