Procedures For the Certification of Alabama State Record Freshwater Fish

  1. Fish must be caught in Alabama waters by legal means. 
  2. Fish must be identified by a Fisheries Section biologist or other certified fisheries biologist. 
  3. Fish must be weighed on certified scales. Weighing must be witnessed by two people. 
  4. Application must be submitted on official application form. record-ff-application.pdf  
  5. Application form must be notarized.

SPECIES

WEIGHT

DATE

LOCATION

ANGLER, HOMETOWN

Bass, Largemouth

16 lbs 8 oz

11/3/1987

Mtn. View Lake, Shelby Co

Thomas (T. M.) Burgin, Birmingham

Bass, Redeye (b)

3 lbs 2 oz

3/8/2000

Choccolocco Creek

Terry Johnson, Oxford

Bass, Rock

1 lb 6 oz

5/6/1995

Paint Rock River

James R. Stewart, Scottsboro

Bass, Shoal

6 lbs 11 oz

2/25/1996

Halawakee Creek

Darrell Trawick, Salem

Bass, Smallmouth (c)

l0 lbs 8 oz

10/8/1950

Wheeler Dam tailwater

Owen F. Smith, Fairfield

Bass, Spotted (b)

8 lbs 15 oz

3/18/1978

Smith Lake

Phillip C. Terry, Decatur

Bass,Striped (landlocked) (a)

69 lbs, 9 oz

2/28/2013

Bankhead Reservoir

James Bramlett, Dora

Bass, Striped Hybrid

25 lbs 15 oz

9/13/1996

Sipsey Fork

E. H. Hodges, Chelsea

Bass, White

4 lbs 9 oz

2/14/1987

Warrior River

Ben DeMott, Bessemer

Bass, Yellow (a)

2 lb 8 oz

4/12/2000

Guntersville Reservoir, Jackson Co.

Dennis M. Woebbeking, Pisgah

Bowfin

18 lbs 
6 oz

7/31/2005

Lake Tuscaloosa

Nelson Ray Sansing, Sawyerville

Buffalo

57 lbs

4/13/1990

Guntersville Reservoir

Ralph B. Lowery, Albertville

Bullhead

3 lbs 13 oz

4/8/1984

Private Pond, Montgomery. Co.

Charles A. Lane, Montgomery

Carp, Common

35 lbs

4/19/1980

Bear Creek, Colbert County

Darrin Jackson, Double Springs

Carp, Grass

73 lbs

4/10/2012

Guntersville Reservoir

Bradley D. Bridges, Sr., Bryant

Catfish, Blue (b)

120 lbs 4 oz

3/9/2012

Holt Reservoir

John Paul Nichols,Northport

Catfish, Channel

40 lbs

6/17/1967

Inland Lake

Donald R. Cox, Oneonta

Catfish, Flathead

80 lbs

6/22/1986

Alabama River, Selma

Rick Conner,Selma

Catfish, White

10 lbs 5 oz

4/3/1981

Chambers Co. Public Lake

Roy T. Britton, Opelika

Crappie, Black (tie)

4 lbs 5 oz

4 lbs 5 oz
4 lbs 4 oz

3/27/2007

6/2/1997
3/18/1984

Fort Payne Res.

Jefferson Co. pond
Paint Creek

Shelley Meadows/Mentone
William D. Webb, B'ham
Sherril Harris, Sylacauga

Crappie, White

4 lbs 9 oz
4 lbs 8 oz

5/8/2000
4/4/1974

Lake Martin, Tallapoosa Co.
Guntersville Reservoir

Jeremy S. White, Alexander City
Jack Grant, Altoona

Drum, Freshwater (b)

41 lbs 8 oz

7/24/1949

Wilson Reservoir

Wilson Brock, Birmingham

Eel, American

5 lbs 8 oz

5/11/1989

Lake Shechi, Chilton Co.

Tod A. Groover, Montevallo

Gar, Alligator

151lbs 9 oz
151 lbs 5 oz

8/13/2009
8/13/2004

Tensaw River
Tensaw River

Richard Johnson, Bay Minette
Michael Houseknecht/Mobile

Gar, Longnose

32 lbs 14oz

4/18/1985

Jordan Reservoir

Gary Smyth, Pelham

Gar, Spotted

8 lbs 12 oz

8/26/1987

Cotaco Creek

Winston Baker, Alex City

Herring, Skipjack

3 lbs 4 oz

5/2/2012

Mulberry Fork

Bobby Lee Davis, Bessemer

Muskellunge
(no longer stocked)

19 lbs 8 oz

12/31/1972

Wilson Dam tailwater

Steve Leatherwood, Haleyville

Paddlefish 
(now protected,
release when captured)

52 lbs 12 oz

3/18/1982

Wilson Dam tailwater

Susan Holland, Muscle Shoals

Perch, Yellow

2 lb 2 oz

3/7/2015

Yates Reservoir

Gary Lee Grove, Jr./Opelika

Pickerel, Chain

6 lbs 6 oz

6/24/1976

Dyas Creek, Baldwin County

Michael P. Ryan, Bay Minette

Pickerel, Redfin

0 lbs 13 oz

7/7/2014

Armstrong Creek, Wash. Co.

Frank Lambert Dickey/Chatom

Redhorse, Silver (a)

14 lbs 14 oz

4/24/1995

Wilson Dam tailwater

Chris Stephenson, B'ham

Sauger

5 lbs 2 oz

3/5/1972

Wilson Dam tailwater

William F. Huntley, Athens

Sunfish, Bluegill (a)

4 lbs 12 oz

4/9/1950

Ketona Lake, Birmingham

T. S. Hudson, Birmingham

Sunfish, Green

1 lbs 9 oz

8/10/2005

McLamore Pond, Walker County

Caleb Miller, Parrish

Sunfish, Longear

8 oz

5/12/1990

Yellow River

Jerry Jones, Ozark

Sunfish, Redbreast

1 lb 4 oz

6/12/2010

Choctawhatchee River

Archie Russ, Brantley

Sunfish, Redear (b)

4 lbs 4 oz

5/5/1962

Chattahoochee Park

Jeff Lashley, Gordon

Trout, Rainbow

9 lbs 1 oz

4/22/2006

Mud Creek, Tannehill Historical State Park

Otha Hamm, Alexandria

Walleye

10 lbs 14 oz

6/24/1980

Weiss Reservoir

Julia Hurley, Cedar Bluff

Warmouth
1 lb 12 oz
4/25/1986
Farm Pond
Jimmy A. Barfield, Dothan
(a) World Record, Rod And Reel/ (b) Previous World Record, Rod and Reel / (c) Previous World Record, Any Method