Certified state record fish must be legally caught using an active hook-and-line method (including a proper license or exemption) by sport fishing methods. For program or prizing questions please email us at. Pursuant to section 120.74, Florida Statutes, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has published its 2019 Agency Regulatory Plan. Florida 17.2700 17.27 7/6 1986 Polk County lake Billy O'Berry Georgia 22.2500 22-4 6/2 1932 Montgomery Lake George W. Perry Hawaii 9.5875 9-9.4 1/26 1992 Waita Reservoir Dickie Broyles Idaho 10.9375 10-15 Anderson Lake Mrs. M.W. Record tag number, total length, date, and location of fish capture. Carver, who is from Vestavia Hills, joins a relatively small group of anglers who have landed largemouth bass weighing 15-plus pounds. This fish was weighed on a postal scale and witnessed, but an FWC (or GFC) biologist did not document it at the time to establish an official record. It is important to properly measure fish. Plastic worms are the most dependable artificial bait for largemouth bass. A medium to medium-heavy rod with 14- to 20-pound test line is preferred, particularly when fishing in areas with thick vegetation or cover. The best live bait is a golden shiner, fished under a float or free-lined. Report the capture information to: (850) 363-6037; Mail the tag to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Attn: Largemouth Tagging Study 7386 NW 71st St. … Still, there are enough bass to sustain a niche group of hardcore bass fanatics, including Manabu Kurita, the only man to have ever tied Mr. Perry's undefeated world record largemouth bass. A weedless Texas- or Carolina-rigged worm is especially effective with heavy plant cover. The State Largemouth Bass Record For Every State In America. The FWC mission is "Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people." These records are updated as soon as they are verified. The FWC mission is "Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people." These programs collect valuable data through citizen-science, encourage fishing and conservation and bring enjoyment to Florida anglers. BigCatch: To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both). Typically, the shiner is hooked through the lips or back with a large hook, 2/0 to 5/0. There are a few fish stories about a 20 pound, or 9.1 kilograms Florida Largemouth Bass being caught in Florida in … If you cannot contact the Regional Office you may leave a message for Doris Swain at 850-617-9495. More information is provided about the various species on our Freshwater Fishes of Florida pages. The baby fish eat zooplankton (microscopic animals that drift in the water column), and when about an inch long begin eating other small fish. Fishing Tips and Facts: Florida is an outstanding destination to catch a trophy. The largemouth bass is the best known and most popular game fish in North America. A photo and measurements of your fish can be converted into lifelike fiberglass mounts, so you can release the lunker to fight another day. 620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL • (850) 488-4676 These programs are brought to you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and our conservation partners. This suggests DisneyWorld visitors who skip the fishing might be missing out! Participate in TrophyCatch, FWC’s citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 lbs or larger! Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, See a full list of our Social Media accounts. State Records for Largemouth Bass. Fishing Tips and Facts: Florida is an outstanding destination to catch a trophy. LARGEMOUTH BASS STATE RECORDS STATE WEIGHT OFFICIAL WEIGHT MONTH/ DAY YEAR LOCATION ANGLER Alabama 16.5000 16-8 11/3 1987 Mountain View Lake Thomas M. Burgin Arizona 16.4800 16-7.68 4/22 1997 Canyon Lake Randall E. White Arkansas 16.2500 16-4 3/2 1976 Mallard Lake Aaron Mardis State Record: 17.27 lbs. Biggest Largemouth Bass Ever Caught. (Note several larger fish have been documented but not certified.) The uncertified records are provided just for information. Anyone having photos of other state record fish is asked to contact us. * Uncertified record. For non-TrophyCatch questions try AskFWC. At one time it was believed redeye bass existed in panhandle Florida. Tagged Largemouth bass on Florida's INLAND WATERS. State Record: 17.27 lbs. These programs are brought to you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and our conservation partners. Black bass spawn in spring, when males fan out a bed and then protect the eggs and fry. The fish species must be certified by a FWC biologist, and a FWC employee must witness the official weighing, on a certified scale, and take measurements. If you catch such a fish, CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE REGIONAL OFFICE HERE. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building Big Catch minimum: 24 inches or 8.0 lbs. To break the world’s record could be only a dream, but breaking any big bass record is an adventure worth chasing. The links in the below table go to photos of either the record fish or a recent past record fish. This record was certified prior to those studies being conducted. State record: 17.27 lbs| Uncertified Record: 20.13 lbs. Reports indicate that a 22-pound, 5-ounce bass (10.12 kilograms and 73.5 centimeters in Japan) was caught by Manabu Kurita, a pro angler who represents Deps Tackle Company in Japan. These programs collect valuable data through citizen-science, encourage fishing and conservation and bring enjoyment to Florida anglers.Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399. For program or prizing questions please email us at TrophyCatch@MyFWC.com or call 1-855-FL-Trophy (1-855-358-7674). This puts the bass well ahead of the current Florida state record, recognized at 17.27 pounds, from Polk County in 1986. It is distinguished from other black bass because the upper jaw extends beyond the rear edge of the eye, and the first and second dorsal (back) fins are separated by an obvious deep dip. The "Big Catch" program gives recognition to anglers who catch fish that exceed the minimum "qualifying weights and lengths". Copyright 1999 - 2020 State of Florida. The world record Florida Largemouth bass was caught in Montgomery Lake, Georgia in 1932 at a whopping 22 pounds, 4 ounces/10 kilograms. Japan’s Lake Biwa, one of the oldest lakes in the world, may be claiming a largemouth bass that might tie the oldest and most cherished all-tackle world record in freshwater fishing. Strong evidence exists, but not all the reporting requirements were met. Report fish kills, wildlife emergencies, sightings, etc. Taylor Illinois 13.0625 13-1 2/15 1976 Stone Quarry Lake Edward J. Walbel Found statewide in lakes and rivers, they are commonly found along vegetation, or underwater structure, but schooling bass are also found in the middle of lakes. Other Notable Records. Kurita caught his record bass in Lake Biwa, and the catch was confirmed as legitimate through a polygraph test. To replace a record, versus tying one, the weight difference should exceed the following: (i) nearest one-quarter ounce for fish up to five pounds, (ii) to the nearest one-half ounce for fish more than five pounds and up to 10 pounds, and (iii) to the nearest one ounce for fish more than 10 pounds. Uncertified state records (indicated below by an asterisk) are believed accurate based on reliable witnesses and other evidence but are not certifiable, or they were caught by other than legal sport fishing methods. The record fish application is available on line in PDF format. Largemouth Bass: 17.27 pounds: unavailable: 7/6/1986: Billy O'Berry: Polk County *Largemouth Bass: 20.13: unavailable: 5/19/1923: Frederick Friebel: Big Fish Lake, Pasco County: This fish was weighed on a postal scale and witnessed, but an FWC (or GFC) biologist did not document it at the time to establish an official record. (Note several larger fish have been documented but not certified.) Note: Larger butterfly peacock bass have been documented by FWC biologists, but but not all state record reporting requirements were met. Cut the tag from the bass as close to fish as possible.