HALL OF FAME – Florida Fishing Record Books

*(Via FWC) – 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, identified by a Commission biologist and weighed on a certified scale. 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.

To set a new record, you just need to exceed the certified records by the amount specified below; the uncertified records are provided just for information. If you catch such a fish, contact the appropriate regional office. These records are updated as soon as they are verified. To replace a record, versus tying one the 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

The links in the below table go to photos of either the record fish or a recent past record fish. Anyone having photos of other state record fish is asked to contact us. More information is provided about the various species on our Freshwater Fishes of Florida pages. It is important to properly measure fish. The record fish application is available on line in PDF format.


HALL OF FAME – Florida Fishing Record Books

SPECIES WEIGHT PLACE COUNTY DATE ANGLER
Largemouth bass 17.27 Unnamed lake Polk 07/06/1986 Billy O’Berry
Largemouth bass 20.13* Big Fish Lake Pasco 05/00/1923 Frederick Friebel
Redeye bass 7.83** Apalachicola River Gadsden 02/18/1989 William Johnston
Spotted bass 3.75 Apalachicola River Gulf 06/24/1985 Dow Gilmore
Suwannee bass 3.89 Suwannee River Gilchrist 03/02/1985 Ronnie Everett
Shoal bass (co-record) 4.49 Chipola River  Jackson 03/08/2015 Tucker Martin
Shoal bass (co-record)  4.50  Chipola River  Calhoun  03/17/2015 Jamie Coleman
Striped bass 42.25 Apalachicola River Gadsden 12/14/1993 Alphonso Barnes
White bass 4.69 Apalachicola River Gadsden 04/09/1982 Richard Davis
Sunshine bass 16.31 Lake Seminole Jackson 05/09/1985 Thomas Elder
Black crappie 3.83 Lake Talquin Gadsden 01/21/1992 Ben Curry, Sr.
Flier 1.24 Lake Iamonia Leon 08/14/1992 William Lane, Jr.
Bluegill 2.95 Crystal Lake Washington 04/19/1989 John LeMaster
Redbreast sunfish 2.08 Suwannee River Gilchrist 04/29/1988 Jerrel Dewees, Jr.
Redear sunfish 4.86 Merritts Mill Pond Jackson 03/13/1986 Joseph Floyd
Spotted sunfish 0.83 Suwannee River Columbia 05/12/1984 Coy Dotson
Warmouth 2.44 Yellow River Okaloosa 10/19/1985 Tony Dempsey
Chain pickerel 6.96 Lake Talquin Gadsden 06/11/2004 Jep Dove
Chain pickerel 8.00* Lake Talquin Gadsden 07/05/1971 Jimmy James
Redfin pickerel 1.06 New River Bradford 06/06/1993 Mike Wilkerson
Common Carp VACANT Qualifying Weight is 35 pounds
Common Carp 40.56* Apalachicola River Gadsden 05/24/81 Bernard Rowan
Channel catfish 44.50 Lake Bluff Lake 05/19/85 Joe Purvis
Flathead catfish 55.05 Yellow River Santa Rosa 10/09/11 James Auston, Jr.
Flathead catfish 57.50* Hillsborough River Hillsborough 12/09/75 Tom Norman
White catfish 18.88 Withlacoochee River Marion 09/21/91 Jim Miller
Blue catfish 64.50 Choctawhatchee River Washington 08/04/08 James Mitchell
Brown bullhead 7.02 Lake Iola Pasco 02/12/14 Richard A. Clinton
Yellow bullhead 5.05 Crystal River Citrus 12/17/10 Tom Flynn
Bowfin 19.00 Lake Kissimmee Osceola 11/05/84 Jim Brown
American shad 5.19 St. Johns River Seminole 02/15/90 Bud Dankert
American shad 5.19 St. Johns River Volusia 03/18/92 Albert Judy
Longnose gar 41.00 Lake Panasoffkee Sumter 04/14/85 Evan Merritt
Alligator gar 123.00 Choctawhatchee River Walton 07/08/95 Zachary Phillips
Florida gar 9.44 Lake Lawne Orange 03/25/01 Patric A. McDaniel
Butterfly peacock bass 9.08 Kendall Lakes Dade 03/11/93 Jerry Gomez
Oscar 2.34 Lake Okeechobee 03/16/94 Jimmy Cook
Mayan cichlid VACANT  Qualifying Weight is 2.0 pounds
Jaguar guapote VACANT  Qualifying Weight is 2.0 pounds
Blue tilapia 9.38 St. Lucie River Martin 08/31/10 Pamela Henry
 Yellow perch  1.47  Dead Lake  Gulf  10/23/05  David  Thomas

If your fish is not a record consider the “Big Catch” program that gives recognition to anglers who catch fish that exceed the minimum “qualifying weights and lengths.” The “TrophyCatch” program is a citizen-science program that rewards anglers for their contribution to conservation when they catch, document and release largemouth bass heavier than eight pounds.


* Uncertified record. Strong evidence exists, but not all the reporting requirements were met.

** Following genetic and other analyses, it is now believed that redeye bass do not exist in Florida. This record was certified prior to those studies being conducted. Shoal bass have been officially described as a species primarily living in some of Florida’s northern rivers.

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