State Fishing Records
Florida State Fishing Records

Florida State Fishing Records

Species Weight Length(in.) Girth Date Angler Water Body County Notes Image
Largemouth Bass 17.27 pounds unavailable 7/6/1986 Billy O'Berry Polk County
*Largemouth Bass 20.13 unavailable 5/19/1923 Frederick Friebel Big Fish Lake, Pasco County

This fish was weighed on a postal scale and witnessed, but an FWC (or GFC) biologist did not document it at the time to establish an official record.

**Redeye Bass 7.83 pounds unavailable 2/18/1989 William Johnston Apalachicola River, Gadsden County

At one time it was believed redeye bass existed in panhandle Florida. It is now recognized that these fish were misidentified by the public and likely one of the other black bass species.

Spotted Bass 3.75 pounds unavailable 6/24/1985 Dow Gilmore Apalachicola River, Gulf County
Suwannee Bass 3.89 pounds unavailable 3/2/1985 Ronnie Everett Suwannee River, Gilchrist County
Shoal Bass 5.95 pounds 22.4 11/18/2017 Sheldon Grace Chipola River Calhoun
Striped Bass 42.24 pounds unavailable 12/14/1993 Alphonso Barnes Apalachicola River, Gadsden
White Bass 4.69 pounds unavailable 4/9/1982 Richard Davis Apalachicola River, Gadsden County
Sunshine Bass 16.31 pounds unavailable 5/9/1985 Thomas Elder Lake Seminole, Jackson County
Black Crappie 3.83 pounds unavailable 1/21/1992 Ben Curry, Sr. Lake Talquin, Gadsden County
Flier 1.35 pounds 12 Inches 5/9/2015 Twila Gates A Cypress Pond in Jackson County
Bluegill 2.95 pounds unavailable 4/19/1989 John LeMaster Crystal Lake, Washington County
Redbreast Sunfish 2.08 pounds unavailable 4/29/1988 Jerrel Dewees, Jr. Suwannee River, Gilchrist County
Redear Sunfish 4.86 pounds unavailable 3/13/1986 Joseph Floyd Merritts Mill Pond, Jackson County
Spotted Sunfish 0.83 pounds unavailable 5/12/1984 Coy Dotson Suwannee River, Columbia County
Warmouth 2.44 pounds unavailable 10/19/1985 Tony Dempsey Yellow River, Okaloosa County
Chain Pickerel 6.96 pounds unavailable 6/11/2004 Jep Dove Lake Talquin, Gadsden County
*Chain Pickerel 8.00 pounds unavailable 7/5/1971 Jimmy James Lake Talquin, Gadsden County
Redfin Pickerel 1.06 pounds unavailable 6/6/1993 Mike Milkerson New River, Bradford County
Common Carp 35 pounds to qualify 1/1/0001 VACANT
*Common Carp 40.56 pounds unavailable 5/24/1981 Bernard Rowan Apalachicola River, Gadsden County
Channel Catfish 44.50 pounds unavailable 5/19/1985 Joe Purvis Lake Bluff, Lake County
Flathead Catfish 69.9 pounds 48.5 inches 38.25 inches 8/26/2020 Lavon Nowling Yellow River Santa Rosa County
White Catfish 18.88 pounds unavailable 9/21/1991 Jim Miller Withlacoochee River, Marion County
Blue Catfish 69.5 pounds 48.5" 31.75" 5/30/2015 William Stewart III Choctawhatchee River Washington County
Brown Bullhead 7.02 pounds unavailable 2/12/2014 Richard A. Clinton Lake Iola, Pasco County
Yellow Bullhead 5.05 pounds unavailable 12/17/2010 Tom Flynn Crystal River, Citrus County
Bowfin 19.00 pounds unavailable 10/5/1984 Jim Brown Lake Kissimmee, Osceola county
American Shad 5.19 pounds unavailable 2/15/1990 Bud Dankert St. Johns River, Seminole County
American Shad 5.19 pounds unavailable 3/18/1992 Albert Judy St. Johns River, Volusia County
Longnose Gar 41.00 pounds unavailable 4/14/1985 Evan Merritt Lake Panasoffkee, Sumter County
Alligator Gar 123.00 pounds unavailable 7/8/1995 Zachary Phillips Choctawhatchee River, Walton County
Florida Gar 9.44 pounds unavailable 3/25/2001 Patric A. McDaniel Lake Lawne, Orange County
Butterfly Peacock Bass 9.11 pounds 23 - 5/16 inches 10/8/2021 Felipe Prieto Broward County Lake Broward County

Note: Larger butterfly peacock bass have been documented by FWC biologists, but not all state record reporting requirements were met.

Oscar 2.34 pounds unavailable 3/16/1994 Jimmy Cook Lake Okeechobee
Mayan Cichlid 2.37 pounds 13.6" 13.1" 11/28/2016 Jonathan Johnson Golden Gate Canal Collier
Jaguar Guapote 2.78 unavailable 6/29/2017 Jerry Martin Snapper Creek (C-2) Canal Miami-Dade
Blue Tilapia 9.57 pounds unavailable 8/31/2010 Pamela Henry St. Lucie River, Martin County
Yellow Perch 1.47 pounds unavailable 10/23/2005 David Thomas Dead Lake, Gulf County

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