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; the uncertified records are provided just for information. The "Big Catch" program gives recognition to anglers who catch fish that exceed the minimum "qualifying weights and lengths". If you catch such a fish, contact the appropriate regional office. These records are updated as soon as they are verified.

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.

SPECIES

WEIGHT

PLACE

COUNTY

DATE

ANGLER

Largemouth bass

17.27

Unnamed lake

Polk

07/06/86

Billy O'Berry

Largemouth bass

20.13*

Big Fish Lake

Pasco

05/00/23

Frederick Friebel

Redeye bass

7.83**

Apalachicola River

Gadsden

02/18/89

William Johnston

Spotted bass

3.75

Apalachicola River

Gulf

06/24/85

Dow Gilmore

Suwannee bass

3.89

Suwannee River

Gilchrist

03/02/85

Ronnie Everett

Shoal bass

8.75*

Apalachicola River

 

01/28/1995

Carl Davis

Shoal bass

VACANT

Qualifying Weight is 4.0 pounds

Striped bass

42.25

Apalachicola River

Gadsden

12/14/93

Alphonso Barnes

White bass

4.69

Apalachicola River

Gadsden

04/09/82

Richard Davis

Sunshine bass

16.31

Lake Seminole

Jackson

05/09/85

Thomas Elder

Black crappie

3.83

Lake Talquin

Gadsden

01/21/92

Ben Curry, Sr.

Flier

1.24

Lake Iamonia

Leon

08/14/92

William Lane, Jr.

Bluegill

2.95

Crystal Lake

Washington

04/19/89

John LeMaster

Redbreast sunfish

2.08

Suwannee River

Gilchrist

04/29/88

Jerrel Dewees, Jr.

Redear sunfish

4.86

Merritts Mill Pond

Jackson

03/13/86

Joseph Floyd

Spotted sunfish

0.83

Suwannee River

Columbia

05/12/84

Coy Dotson

Warmouth

2.44

Yellow River

Okaloosa

10/19/85

Tony Dempsey

Chain pickerel

6.96

Lake Talquin

Gadsden

06/11/04

Jep Dove

Chain pickerel

8.00*

Lake Talquin

Gadsden

07/05/71

Jimmy James

Redfin pickerel

1.06

New River

Bradford

06/06/93

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

* 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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