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.

StateWeightDateLocationAngler Name
Alabama16 lbs 8 oz11/3/87Mtn. View Lake, Shelby CoThomas (T. M.) Burgin
AlaskaN/AN/A
Arizona16 lbs 7.68 oz4/22/97Canyon LakeRandall E. White
Arkansas16 lbs 8 oz3/2/76Mallard LakeAaron Mardis
California21 lbs 12 oz3/5/91Castaic Lake (at the main boat ramp)Michael Arujo
Colorado11 lbs 6 oz6/19/05Echo Canyon Reservoir (Archuleta County)Jarrett Edwards
Connecticut12 lbs 14 oz1961Mashapaug Lake, UnionFrank Domurat
Delaware11 lbs 1.6 oz2/20/16Wagamons PondAndre Klein
Florida17.27 lbs7/6/86Unnamed LakeBilly O’Berry
Georgia22 lbs 4 oz6/2/32Montgomery LakeGeorge Perry
Hawaii9 lbs 9.4 oz1/26/92Waita Res., Kaua’iDickie Broyles
Idaho10.94 lbsAnderson LakeMrs. M.W. Taylor
Illinois13 lbs 1 oz2/15/76Stone Quarry LakeEdward J. Walbel
Indiana14 lbs 12 oz6/13/05Lake, Harrison CountyJenifer Schultz
Iowa10 lbs 12 oz5/1/84Lake FisherPatricia Zaerr
Kansas11.8 lbs5/3/08Private Pit Lake, Cherokee Co.Tyson Hallam
Kentucky13 lbs 10.4 oz4/14/84Wood Creek LakeDale Wilson
Louisiana15.97 lbs1994Caney LakeGreg Wiggins
Maine11 lbs 10 oz1968Moose PondRobert Kamp
Maryland11.18 lbs1/26/2008Potomac RiverJustin Riley
Massachusetts15 lbs 8 oz1975Sampson Pond, CarverWalter Bolonis
Michigan11.9 lbs (tie)*1934 & 1959Big Pine Island Lake & Alcona Dam Pond
Minnesota8 lbs 15 oz10/3/2005Auburn Lake
Mississippi18.15 lbs12/31/1992Natchez State Park LakeAnthony Denny
Missouri13 lbs 14 oz4/21/1961Bull Shoals LakeMarvin Russel Bushong
Montana8.80 lbs5/2/09Noxon Rapids ReservoirDarin Williams
Nebraska10 lbs 11 oz10/2/1965Sand Pit near ColumbusPaul Abegglen Sr.
Nevada12 lbs1999Lake MeadMichael Geary
New Hampshire10 lbs 8 oz1967Lake PotanipoG. Bullpit
New Jersey10 lbs 14 oz1980Menantico Sand Wash PondRobert Eisele
New Mexico15 lbs 13 oz3/24/1995Bill Evans LakeSteve Estrada
New York11 lbs 4 oz9/11/87Buckhorn LakeJohn Higbie
North Carolina15 lbs 14 oz3/29/91Farm Pond, Union CountyWilliam H. Wofford
North Dakota8 lbs 8 oz2/11/1983Nelson LakeLeon Rixen
Ohio13 lbs 2oz5/26/1976Private PondRoy Landsberger
Oklahoma14 lbs 13.7 oz3/13/13Cedar LakeDale Miller
Oregon12 lbs 1.6 oz2002Ballenger Pond, SpringfieldB. Adam Hastings
Pennsylvania11 lbs 3 oz1983Birch Run Reservoir, Adams CountyDonald Shade
Rhode Island10 lbs 6 ozMay 1991Carbuncle PondN. Finamor
South Carolina16 lbs 2 oz (tie)*1949 & 1993Lake Marion & Aiken Co. PondP.H. Flanagan & Mason Cummunings
South Dakota9 lbs 3 oz11/14/199Hudson Gravel PitRichard Viereck
Tennessee15 lbs 3 oz2/3/2015Chickamauga ReservoirGabe Keen
Texas18.18 lbs1/24/1992Lake ForkBarry St. Clair
Utah10 lbs 2 oz1974Lake PowellSam Lamanna
Vermont10 lbs 4 oz
Virginia16 lbs 4 oz5/20/1985Connor LakeRichard Tate
Washington12.53 lbs8/8/2016Lake Bosworth, Snohomish CountyBill Evans
West Virginia12.28 lbs1994Pond, Grant CountyDavid W. Heeter
Wisconsin11 lbs 3 oz10/12/1940Lake Ripley, Jefferson County
Wyoming7 lbs 14 oz3/15/1992stock pond, Sheridan CountyDustin Shorma

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