Record Holding Largemouth Bass From All 50 States


Updated February 13, 2024 – Originally posted October 2016

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 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 August 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 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 9/20/97 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 N/A 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 5/27/91 Seven Springs Lake Jenifer Schultz Iowa 10 lbs 12 oz 5/1/84 Lake Fisher Patricia Zar Kansas 11.8 lbs 5/3/08 Private Pit Lake, Cherokee Co. Tyson Hallam Kentucky 14 lbs 9.5 oz 4/19/19 Highsplint Lake Mark Ward Louisiana 15.97 lbs 1994 Caney Lake Greg Wiggins Maine 11 lbs 10 oz 1968 Moose Pond Robert Kamp Maryland 11.4 lbs 7/31/2013 Huntington Farm Pond Colton Lambert Massachusetts 15 lbs 8 oz 2/13/1975 Sampson Pond, Carver Walter Bolonis Michigan 11.9 lbs (tie)* 1934 & 1959 Big Pine Island Lake & Alcona Dam Pond N/A Minnesota 8 lbs 15 oz 10/3/2005 Auburn Lake Mark Raveling 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 9.575 lbs 4/27/2021 Lake Elmo Brandon Wright 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 5 oz 4/27/2020 Indian Scout Lake Matthew Dunham Tennessee 15 lbs 3 oz 2/13/2015 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 N/A N/A N/A 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 Robert Milkowski Wyoming 7 lbs 14 oz 3/15/1992 stock pond, Sheridan County Dustin Shorma

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