Record Holding Largemouth Bass From All 50 States

Bill Evans with his record setting bass. Photo courtesy of Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Bill Evans with his record setting bass. Photo courtesy of Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

We have all heard of Manabu Kurita’s world record shattering 22.331 pound bass caught in Japan in mid-2009. And we have heard legends of George Perry’s 22.25 pounder caught on Montgomery Lake in Georgia in 1932. But what if you live in a state where the average weight of a bass caught is between 1-2 pounds? How do you know if your personal best stacks up to the record held within your own state?

Below is a list of all the current (as of October 2016) record holding largemouth bass from all 50 states. 2016 is turing out to be a good year with 2 records already being broken. Andre Klein pulled in a 11 lb 1.6 oz monster from Wagaons Pond on February 20, 2016 and Bill Evans posted a 12.53 lb bass on September 8, 2016, earning him the top spot as Washington State’s record holder.

State Weight Date Location Angler Name
Alabama 16 lbs 8 oz 11/3/87 Mtn. View Lake, Shelby Co Thomas (T. M.) Burgin
Alaska N/A N/A
Arizona 16 lbs 7.68 oz 4/22/97 Canyon Lake Randall E. White
Arkansas 16 lbs 8 oz 3/2/76 Mallard Lake Aaron Mardis
California 21 lbs 12 oz 3/5/91 Castaic Lake (at the main boat ramp) Michael Arujo
Colorado 11 lbs 6 oz 6/19/05 Echo Canyon Reservoir (Archuleta County) Jarrett Edwards
Connecticut 12 lbs 14 oz 1961 Mashapaug Lake, Union Frank Domurat
Delaware 11 lbs 1.6 oz 2/20/16 Wagamons Pond Andre Klein
Florida 17.27 lbs 7/6/86 Unnamed Lake Billy O’Berry
Georgia 22 lbs 4 oz 6/2/32 Montgomery Lake George Perry
Hawaii 9 lbs 9.4 oz 1/26/92 Waita Res., Kaua’i Dickie Broyles
Idaho 10.94 lbs Anderson Lake Mrs. M.W. Taylor
Illinois 13 lbs 1 oz 2/15/76 Stone Quarry Lake Edward J. Walbel
Indiana 14 lbs 12 oz 6/13/05 Lake, Harrison County Jenifer Schultz
Iowa 10 lbs 12 oz 5/1/84 Lake Fisher Patricia Zaerr
Kansas 11.8 lbs 5/3/08 Private Pit Lake, Cherokee Co. Tyson Hallam
Kentucky 13 lbs 10.4 oz 4/14/84 Wood Creek Lake Dale Wilson
Louisiana 15.97 lbs 1994 Caney Lake Greg Wiggins
Maine 11 lbs 10 oz 1968 Moose Pond Robert Kamp
Maryland 11.18 lbs 1/26/2008 Potomac River Justin Riley
Massachusetts 15 lbs 8 oz 1975 Sampson Pond, Carver Walter Bolonis
Michigan 11.9 lbs (tie)* 1934 & 1959 Big Pine Island Lake & Alcona Dam Pond
Minnesota 8 lbs 15 oz 10/3/2005 Auburn Lake
Mississippi 18.15 lbs 12/31/1992 Natchez State Park Lake Anthony Denny
Missouri 13 lbs 14 oz 4/21/1961 Bull Shoals Lake Marvin Russel Bushong
Montana 8.80 lbs 5/2/09 Noxon Rapids Reservoir Darin Williams
Nebraska 10 lbs 11 oz 10/2/1965 Sand Pit near Columbus Paul Abegglen Sr.
Nevada 12 lbs 1999 Lake Mead Michael Geary
New Hampshire 10 lbs 8 oz 1967 Lake Potanipo G. Bullpit
New Jersey 10 lbs 14 oz 1980 Menantico Sand Wash Pond Robert Eisele
New Mexico 15 lbs 13 oz 3/24/1995 Bill Evans Lake Steve Estrada
New York 11 lbs 4 oz 9/11/87 Buckhorn Lake John Higbie
North Carolina 15 lbs 14 oz 3/29/91 Farm Pond, Union County William H. Wofford
North Dakota 8 lbs 8 oz 2/11/1983 Nelson Lake Leon Rixen
Ohio 13 lbs 2oz 5/26/1976 Private Pond Roy Landsberger
Oklahoma 14 lbs 13.7 oz 3/13/13 Cedar Lake Dale Miller
Oregon 12 lbs 1.6 oz 2002 Ballenger Pond, Springfield B. Adam Hastings
Pennsylvania 11 lbs 3 oz 1983 Birch Run Reservoir, Adams County Donald Shade
Rhode Island 10 lbs 6 oz May 1991 Carbuncle Pond N. Finamor
South Carolina 16 lbs 2 oz (tie)* 1949 & 1993 Lake Marion & Aiken Co. Pond P.H. Flanagan & Mason Cummunings
South Dakota 9 lbs 3 oz 11/14/199 Hudson Gravel Pit Richard Viereck
Tennessee 15 lbs 3 oz 2/3/2015 Chickamauga Reservoir Gabe Keen
Texas 18.18 lbs 1/24/1992 Lake Fork Barry St. Clair
Utah 10 lbs 2 oz 1974 Lake Powell Sam Lamanna
Vermont 10 lbs 4 oz
Virginia 16 lbs 4 oz 5/20/1985 Connor Lake Richard Tate
Washington 12.53 lbs 8/8/2016 Lake Bosworth, Snohomish County Bill Evans
West Virginia 12.28 lbs 1994 Pond, Grant County David W. Heeter
Wisconsin 11 lbs 3 oz 10/12/1940 Lake Ripley, Jefferson County
Wyoming 7 lbs 14 oz 3/15/1992 stock pond, Sheridan County Dustin Shorma

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