Fishing Records & Awards

Complete Listing of Tennessee State Fishing Records


(*) indicates a world record

(a) trotline, (b) limbline, (c) jug, (d) slat basket, (e) gigging (f) grabbling, (g) grab hooks, (h) snagging, (i) archery, (j) speargun, (k) commercial gear.

Photographs of State Record Fish


Class A

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
Alabama 7 lbs., 0 oz. Parksville Reservoir Shane McKee March 10, 2014
Yellow* 2 lbs., 9 oz. Duck River (near Waverly,TN) John T. Chappell February 27, 1998
Brook 4 lbs., 12 oz. Caney Fork River Saŝa Krezić April 1, 2016
Class A Cutthroat Trout Weight: 2 lbs., 8 oz, South Fork Holston River Daniel Scalf October 20, 2022
Class A, Rainbow Trout 18 lbs., 8 oz. Pond (Polk Co.) John H. Morgan III June 17, 2016
Class A, Ohrid Trout 14 lbs., 5 oz. Watauga Reservoir Richard Lynn Carter March 28, 1986
Class A, Black Crappie 5 lbs., 7.7 oz. Pond (Loudon Co.) Lionel Ferguson May 15, 2018
Class A, Yellow Perch 2 lbs., 5 oz. Ocoee #3 Lake Jeremy Gary Lorenz March 26, 2019
Class A Walleye Perch 25 lbs Old Hickory Reservoir Mabry Harper August 3, 1960
Class A Muskellunge Pike 43 lbs., 14 oz. Melton Hill Reservoir Steven Paul March 2, 2017
Class A Channel Catfish 41 lbs. Fall Creek Falls Lake Clint Walters, Jr. July 30, 1982
Class A Blue Catfish 118 lbs. Barkley Reservoir Micka Burkhart September 24, 2022
Class A Brown Bullhead Catfish 3 lbs., 15 oz. Whiteville Lake Gary Dean Arthur October 25, 2014
Class A Bighead Carp 90 lbs. Guntersville Reservoir Jeffrey J. Rorex June 2, 2005
Class A Common Carp 53 lbs. Marrowbone Lake John R. Pepper, Jr. May 21, 1997
Class A Silver Carp 37 lbs., 0.4 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Brian Keith Townsend May 8, 2021
Class A Silver Redhorse 4 lbs., 10.4 oz. Holston River Emma Nolen March 8, 2020
Class A American Eel 8 lbs., 14 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Jason Wilson July 27, 2019
Class A Creek Chub 8 oz. West Blackburn Fork Creek Jake Wear June 21, 2017
Class A Paddlefish 120 lbs., 0 oz. Cherokee Reservoir Chad Collins April 14, 2022
Class A Skipjack Herring 4 lbs., 3 oz. Watts Bar Reservoir Marc A. Cooper II February 17, 2015
Class A Quillback Carpsucker 6 lbs., 5 oz. South Holston Reservoir Daniel Taylor February 10, 2019
Class A Spotted Sucker 3 lbs., 3 oz. Chickamauga Reservoir Greg M. Henry March 9, 2008
Class A Freshwater Drum* 54 lbs., 8 oz. Nickajack Reservoir Benny Hull April 20, 1972
Class A Tilapia 7 lbs., 6.6 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Gary L. Phelps November 27, 2017

Class B

(a) trotline, (b) limbline, (c) jug, (d) slat basket, (e) gigging (f) grabbling, (g) grab hooks, (h) snagging, (i) archery, (j) speargun, (k) commercial gear.

(*) Method (dipping) no longer recognized

Class B American Eel 4 lbs., .20 oz. (a) Duck River Evan Mercer June 9, 2018
Class B Bighead Carp 98 lbs. (i) Kentucky Res. (Below Pickwick) Michael Neal Pirtle June 16, 2022
Class B Black Carp 22 lbs. (k) Kentucky Res. (Camden Bottoms) Billy Roberson February 5, 2019
Class B Silver Carp 42 lbs., 1 oz. Old Hickory Reservoir Zackery Mason May 21, 2022
Class B Grass (White Amur) 78 lbs. Nickajack Reservoir Allen Kimsey May 19, 2001
Class B Bowfin 11 lbs., 11 oz. (i) Reelfoot Lake Buckley Pepper December 15, 2021
River Redhorse 15 lbs., 4 oz. (h) Wolf River (Pickett Co.) Billy Joe Johnson May 6, 2018
Class B Goldfish 3 lbs., 12 (i) Nolichucky River Justin Wolbert April 28, 2021
Class B Smallmouth Redhorse 1 lb., 12 oz. (i) Stones River (East Fork) Josh Melton April 3, 2022
Class B Quillback Carpsucker 6 lbs., 5 oz. (i) Boone Reservoir Danny Tipton May 15, 2020
Class B River Carpsucker 8 lbs., 1 oz. (i) Cordell Hull Reservoir Brandon Nixon May 2, 2020
Class B Paddlefish 120 lbs. (h) Center Hill Reservoir-(Bluehole) John T. Johnson March 23, 1982
Class B Brown Bullhead 3 lbs., 4 oz. (c) Whiteville Lake Gary Dean Arthur October 25, 2014
Class B Longnose Gar 45 lbs., 8 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Alex Bailey October 7, 2015
Class B Longnose Gar 45 lbs., 8 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Alex Bailey October 7, 2015
Class B Freshwater Drum 29 lbs., 1 oz. (i) Kentucky Reservoir Andrew Pruitt March 25, 2017
Class B Creek Chub .10 oz. (*) West Fork Drake Creek Jake Andrew Bradford Wade February 9, 2018
Class B Spotted Sucker 2 lbs., 15 oz. (k) Chickamauga Reservoir Heath Jordan January 29, 2021
Class B Tilapia 9 lbs., 8 oz. (i) Old Hickory Reservoir Steve Creekmore December 2, 2017