Tennessee State Fish Records

Last Updated November 4, 2017

  • Class A - Sportfishing Methods
  • Class B - Methods Other Than Rod and Reel
  • Black Bass
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Coosa (Redeye) 1 lb. 15 oz. Parksville Reservoir Harry E. Parker August 18, 1991
    Smallmouth* 11 lbs. 15 oz. Dale Hollow Reservoir D. L. Hayes July 9, 1955
    Largemouth 15 lbs. 3 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Gabe Keen February 13, 2015
    Spotted 6 lbs. 1 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Chris Coleman February 22, 2011
    Alabama 7 lbs. 0 oz. Parksville Reservoir Shane McKee March 10, 2014
    True Bass
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Striped Bass (Rockfish) 65 lbs. 6 oz Cordell Hull Reservoir Ralph H. Dallas May 1, 2000
    Cherokee (Hybrid) 23 lbs. 3 oz. Stones River Ray Pelfrey April 17, 1998
    White 5 lbs. 10 oz. Mississippi River Bill Nelson September 29, 2003
    Yellow* 2 lbs. 9 oz. Duck River (near Waverly, TN) John T. Chappell February 27, 1998
    Trout
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Brook 4 lbs. 12 oz. Caney Fork River Saŝa Krezić April 1, 2016
    Brown 28 lbs. 12 oz. Clinch River Greg Ensor August 30, 1988
    Cutthroat 6 oz. Obey River (Dale Hollow Tailwater) Philip Neyman June 1, 1969
    Rainbow 18 lbs. 8 oz. Pond (Polk County) John H. Morgan III June 17, 2016
    Ohrid* 14 lbs. 5 oz. Watauga Reservoir Richard Lynn Carter March 28, 1986
    Lake 22 lbs. 2 oz. Watauga Reservoir Jack Forbes July 3, 2008
    Crappie
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Black 4 lbs. 4 oz. Brown's Creek Lake Clyde Freeman March 23, 1985
    White 5 lbs. 1 oz. Garner Brown's Pond (Dickson County) Bill Allen April 20, 1968
    Perch
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Yellow 2 lbs. 3 oz. Lake Dartmore Trenton D. McCoy January 16, 2017
    Sauger 7 lbs. 6 oz. Kentucky Reservoir (Pickwick tailwater) Rayford D. Voss February 19, 1973
    Saugeye 10 lbs. 12 oz. Melton Hill Reservoir Chris Vittetoe July 18, 1998
    Walleye* 25 lbs. Old Hickory Reservoir Mabry Harper August 3, 1960
    Pike
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Northern   24 lbs. 8 oz. South Holston Reservoir Frank Childers March 28, 1995
    Muskellunge 43 lbs. 14 oz. Melton Hill Reservoir Steven Paul March 2, 2017
    Chain Pickerel 7 lbs. 7 oz. Kentucky Reservoir Burke Williams February 2, 1991
    Sunfish
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Bluegill 3 lbs. Farm Pond, Bledsoe Co. Brad Pendergrass December 19, 1987
    Bluegill 3 lbs. Fall Creek Falls Creek Thelma Grissom June 27, 1977
    Pumpkinseed 5 oz. Dogwood Lake Lynn Middleton June 14, 1998
    Green 1 lb. 4 oz. North Cross Creek Dwight M. Lehman June 8, 1991
    Longear 13 oz. Pond, Overton Co. Kay Forsberg May 15, 1985
    Redbreast 1 lb. 5 oz. Holston River R. W. Gillespie June 22, 1974
    Redear 3 lbs. 6 oz. Private Pond Annelise S. Houston September 1, 1979
    Rock Bass 2 lbs. 8 oz. Stones River Bill Sanford 1958
    Warmouth 1 lb. 12 oz. Nolichucky River Frank E. Garrett May 26, 1984
    Flier 8 oz. Kentucky Reservoir Craig Ellis June 8, 2001
    Orangespotted 5 oz. Nolichucky River Donald Daryl Fox May 30, 1982
    Catfish
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Channel 41 lbs. Fall Creek Falls Lake Clint Walters, Jr. July 30, 1982
    Blue 112 lbs. Lock C, Cumberland River Robert E. Lewis June 7, 1998
    Flathead 85 lbs. 15 oz. Hiwassee River Larry Kaylor July 25, 1993
    Black Bullhead 3 lbs. 6 oz. Emberton's Pond, Cannon Co. Hunter Chance Gaither February 20, 1997
    Brown Bullhead 3 lbs. 15 oz. Whiteville Lake Gary Dean Arthur October 25, 2014
    Yellow Bullhead 4 lbs. 8 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Jessie R. Johnson April 21, 1979
    Carp
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Bighead* 90 lbs. 0 oz. Guntersville Reservoir Jeffery J. Rorex June 2, 2005
    Common 53 lbs. 0 oz. Marrowbone Lake John R. Pepper, Jr. May 21, 1997
    Goldfish 3 lb. 5 oz Douglas Reservoir Chase Rich March 10, 2016
    Silver 31 lbs. 15 oz Old Hickory Reservoir Stan A. Conner April 23, 2017
    White Amur (Grass) 70 lbs. 0 oz. Guntersville Reservoir (Nickajack tailwater) Chad A. Killian June 4, 2005
    Buffalo
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Bigmouth 62 lbs. 0 oz. J. Percy Priest Reservoir Jeff Wilkins April 1, 2010
    Black 58 lbs. 0 oz. Nickajack Reservoir Steve Coursey May 20, 2013
    Smallmouth 62 lbs. 7 oz. Percy Priest Reservoir Jerry W. Young April 28, 2001
    Gar
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Longnose 38 lbs. 3 oz. Barkley Reservoir Mathew A. Norton April 19, 2002
    Shortnose 7 lbs. 3 oz. Cross Creeks (Barkley Res.) Stephanie Flood June 13, 2014
    Spotted 10 lbs. 10 oz. Cross Creeks (Barkley Res.) Keith Edward Bartley April 28, 2014
    Redhorse
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    Black 3 lbs. 1 oz. South Holston River Roy Hawk February 16, 2009
    Golden 2 lbs. 15.5 oz South Holston River W. Powell Partridge, Sr. March 28, 2008
    River 11 lbs. 10 oz. Pigeon River David H. Ray May 2, 2009
    Smallmouth 1 lb. 10 oz. French Broad River Larry Hamilton July 27, 2013
    Silver 4 lbs. 8 oz. Harpeth River Jimmy A. Filson June 21 , 2008
    Other Species
    Species Weight Location Caught By Date Caught
    American Eel 5 lbs. 12 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Kelly Rollin, Jr. July 29, 2008
    Atlantic Needlefish 1.6 oz Pickwick Dam Tailwater J. Wesley Neal September 30, 2008
    Bowfin 15 lbs. 7 oz. Reelfoot Lake Charles Aaron June 22, 1983
    Paddlefish 104 lbs. 0 oz. Cherokee Reservior Ronnie Leon Meade  April 3, 2016
    Creek Chub 8 oz. West Blackburn Fork Creek  Jake Wear June 21, 2017
    Central Stoneroller (Hornyhead) 10 oz. Hiwassee River Roy S. King May 1, 1983
    Golden Shiner 1 lbs. .05 oz. Kentucky Lake Joseph Wayne Dennie April 13, 2016
    Gizzard Shad 3 lbs. 3 oz. Holston River Preston H. Taylor III December 13, 2008
    Skipjack Herring* 4 lbs. 3 oz Watts Bar Reservoir Marc A. Cooper II February 17, 2015
    Goldeye 14 oz. Cumberland River Harold A. Sanders April 17, 1993
    Mooneye 1 lb. 4 oz. Hiwassee River Steve D. Moss May 5, 2005
    River Carpsucker 1 lb. 9 oz Pickwick Reservoir Dr. Jim Youmans February 28, 1980
    Quillback Carpsucker 6 lbs. 0 oz. Boone Reservoir Thomas "Cody" Hyder March 12, 2016
    Spotted Sucker* 3 lbs. 3 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Greg M. Henry March 9, 2008
    White Sucker 1 lb. 10 oz. Little War Creek (Hancock Co.) Jim Habera April 26, 2007
    Northern Hogsucker 2 lbs. 9 oz. South Holsten River Roy Hawk February 16, 2009
    Freshwater Drum* 54 lbs. 8 oz. Nickajack Reservoir Benny Hull April 20, 1972
    Tilapia (Nile) 6 lbs. 5.5 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Barry L. Parker December 27, 2016

    (*) - indicates a world record

  • (a) trotline, (b) limbline, (c) jug, (d) slat basket, (e) grabbling, (f) grab hooks, (g) snagging, (h) tubbing, (i) archery, (j) speargun, (k) dipping, (l) commercial gear, (m) cast net, (n) seine

  • All Species - Non-Sportfishing

    Species Weight Gear Location Caught By Date Caught
    American Eel 2 lbs. 5 oz. (c) Kentucky Lake (Big Sandy) Timothy D. Mcaroy October 14, 2013
    Bigmouth Buffalo 59 lbs. 7 oz. (i) J. Percy Priest Reservoir Brett J. Dennison May 2, 2013
    Smallmouth Buffalo 68 lbs. 8 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Reece Bledsoe
    Jonathon Bledsoe
    April 6, 2013
    Black Buffalo 80 lbs. 0 oz. (a) Robco Lake (Shelby Co.) Hiluard J. Deloach April 1, 1980
    Bighead Carp 95 lbs. 0 oz. (l) Kentucky Lake (Eagle Creek) Billy Roberson September 3, 2014
    Silver Carp 36 lbs. 14 oz. (i) Cheatham Reservoir Connor Edwards March 14, 2015
    Bowfin 21 lbs. 12 oz. (i) Cedar Creek Pat Johns June 3, 1997
    Common Carp 52 lbs. 14 oz. (i) Nickajack Reservoir Andrew Conner April 18, 2017
    River Redhorse 13 lbs. 9 oz. (i) Wolf River (Pickett Co.) Andrew Conner April 18, 2017
    Black Redhorse 3 lbs. 10 oz. (a) Chilhowee Reservoir Lewis Winters October 26, 2007
    Silver Redhorse 4 lbs. 14 oz. (i) West Prong Little Pigeon River Greg Bull January 28, 2015
    Smallmouth Redhorse 1 lbs. 3 oz. (i) W. Prong Little Pigeon River Gregory Bull February 26, 2017
    Quillback Carpsuker 4 lbs. 7.6 oz. (i) Watts Bar Lake Max Wheeler July 30, 2017
    River Carpsucker 4 lbs. 4 oz. (i) J. Percy Priest Reservoir Jeremy Bozza May 5, 2014
    Paddlefish 120 lbs. 0 oz. (g) Center Hill Reservoir (Bluehole) John T. Johnson March 23, 1982
    Flathead Catfish 92 lbs. 0 oz. (l) Mississippi River Kenneth A. Childress,
    Jackie W. Stafford,
    Jerry L. Stafford
    November 30, 2000
    Blue Catfish 130 lbs. 0 oz. (l) Ft. Loudoun Reservoir J. C. Garland,
    Bill Norman,
    Richard Reagan
    December 18, 1976
    Channel Catfish 18 lbs. 0 oz. (l) Kentucky Lake Billy Roberson March 3, 2016
    Channel Catfish 18 lbs. 0 oz. (b) Tims Ford Reservoir Josh Burch July 13, 2016
    Black Bullhead Catfish 3 lbs. 14 oz. (k) Lakeland Trout Farm David Tait June 18, 1982
    Brown Bullhead Catfish 3 lbs. 4 oz. (c) Whiteville Lake Gary Dean Arthur October 25, 2014
    Yellow Bullhead Catfish 9 oz. (c) Beaver Creek (Knoxville) Dan Pluff September 17, 2013
    Longnose Gar 45 lbs. 8 oz. (i) Kentucky Lake Kirk Wood
    Alex Bailey
    October 7, 2015
    White Amur
    (Grass Carp)
    78 lbs. 0 oz. (i) Nickajack Reservoir Allen Kimsey May 19, 2001
    Shortnose Gar 8 lbs. 4 oz. (i) Chickamauga Reservoir Scott Simmons April 15, 1984
    Spotted Gar 12 lbs. 0 oz. (i) Reelfoot Lake Jim Ulerick April 14, 2013
    Freshwater Drum 29 lbs. 1 oz. (i) Kentucky Lake Andrew Pruitt March 25, 2017
    Golden Shiner 11 oz. (l) Kentucky Lake Billy Roberson January 19, 2016
    Gizzard Shad 2 lbs. 14 oz. (l) Kentucky Reservoir Billy Roberson April 18, 2013
    Skipjack Herring 2 lbs. 15 oz. (l) Duck River Billy Roberson December 14, 2015
    Central Stoneroller
    (Horneyhead)
    5 oz. (g) Doe River Rex Timbs November 6, 1997
    Spotted Sucker 2 lbs. 10 oz. (i) Kentucky Lake - Standing Rock Creek Embayment Christopher Todd July 26, 1996
    Northern Hogsucker 1 lbs. 10 oz. (i) Kentucky Lake - Standing Rock Creek Dale E. Brooks August 6, 1996
    Tilapia 9 lbs. 4 oz. (i) Old Hickory Reservoir Jon Meritt November 4, 2017