Kentucky state record fish

July 1996

Name of fish Weight Caught by Location Date

Ancient Fish

Bowfin 12 lbs. Mary Jo Purdy Madisonville, KY Strip Mine Lake,Muhlenberg Co. 06/19/85
Long-nosed Gar 40 lbs. Kelsie Travis,
Jr.Paducah, KY
Ohio River 08/08/56
Paddlefish (Spoonbill) 82 lbs. Standley Shelton Lexington, KY Parrish Lakes, Scott County 06/12/82
Sturgeon 36 lbs. 8 ozs. Barney Frazier
Corbin, KY
Lake Cumberland 10/03/54

Bass, Black

Kentucky Bass 7 lbs. 10 ozs. A.E. Sellers
Louisville, KY
Nelson County 06/13/70
Largemouth Bass 13 lbs. 10.4 ozs. Dale Wilson
London, KY
Wood Creek Lake 04/14/84
Smallmouth Bass open for applications      

Bass, Temperate

Striped Bass(Rockfish) 58 lbs. 4 ozs. Roger Foster
Somerset, KY
Beaver Creek, Lake Cumberland 12/11/85
Hybrid Striped Bass 20 lbs. 8 ozs. Mark Wilson
Louisville, KY
Barren River
White Bass 5 lbs. Lorne Eli Dawson Springs, KY
Tie with
B.B. Hardin Mt. Eden, KY
Kentucky Lake Herrington Lake 07/11/43


Yellow Bass 1 lb. 1 oz. DeWayne West Hopkinsville, KY Little River,Lake Barkley 03/10/91


Big Head Carp 25 lbs. Doug Anderson Bremen, KY Green River 07/07/96
Blue Sucker 4 lbs. 8 ozs. Lanny Owens Lockport, KY Kentucky River 06/20/95
Buffalo (Smallmouth) 47 lbs. 12 ozs. Don Richards
Reynolds Station, KY
Rough River,
Long Lick Creek
Common Carp 54 lbs. 14 ozs. Ricky Vance
Paris, KY
South Fork,
Liking River


Blue Catfish 100 lbs. J.E. Copeland
Benton, KY
Tennessee River,
Kentucky Lake Tailwaters
Bullhead Catfish 5 lbs. 3 ozs. Harry Case
Paris, Ky
Guist Creek Lake 10/18/92
Channel Catfish 28.3 lbs. Hope Tinsley
Ft. Worth, TX
Farm Pond,
Hickman County
Flathead Catfish 97 lbs. Esker Carroll Green River 06/06/56


Freshwater Drum 38 lbs. Larry Cardwell Morgantown, KY Green River 06/05/80


Skipjack Herring 2 lbs. 4 ozs. Jim Strader
Anchorage, KY
Cumberland River 02/27/92


Sauger 7 lbs. 7 ozs. Rastie Andrew Jamestown, KY Lake Cumberland 04/28/83
Walleye 21 lbs. 8 ozs. Abe Black
Shaker Heights, OH
Lake Cumberland 10/01/58
Yellow Perch 0.47 lb. Theresa Mazzoli
Louisville, KY
Blood River,
Kentucky Lake


Chain Pickerel 5 lbs. 6 ozs. Tommy Thompson Bardwell, KY Forked Lake,
Carlisle County
Grass Pickerel .63 lbs. Gerald Gallagher
Louisville, KY
Wilson Creek,
Bullitt County
Muskellunge 43 lbs. Porter Hash
Edmonton, KY
Dale Hollow Lake 03/13/78
Northern Pike 9 lbs. 8 ozs. Howard F. Renfro
Madisonville, KY
Strip Mine Lake,
Muhlenberg Co.
Tiger Muskie (Muskellunge Hybrid) 13 lbs. 12 ozs. James Mollet
Auxier, KY
Dewey Lake 05/05/81


Bluegill 4 lbs. 3 ozs. Phil Conyers
Madisonville, KY
Strip Mine Lake,
Hopkins County

(White or black)

4 lbs. 3 ozs. David Crowe Madisonville, KY Lake Peewee,
Hopkins County
Green Sunfish 1 lb. 2 ozs. John Meriwether Henderson, KY Farm Pond,
Ballard County
Longear Sunfish 13.28 ozs. Anthony Lynch Salyersville, KY Strip Mine Pond,
Magoffin County
Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker) 3 lbs. 1 oz. Betty Truax
Finchville, KY
Farm Pond,
Shelby County
Rock Bass 1 lbs. 10 ozs. H.S. White
Cadiz, KY
Casey Creek,
Trigg County
Warmouth 1 lb. 4 ozs. Marty Riehemann Ft. Thomas, KY Farm Pond,
Boone County


Brook Trout 1 lb. 5 ozs. R. James Augustus
Louisville, KY
Martins Fork 08/21/82
Brown Trout 18 lbs. 8 ozs. Randy Gibson
Bakerton, KY
Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland Tailwaters 06/11/88
Lake Trout 5 lbs. 5 ozs. John McDonogh Jeffersontown, KY Cumberland River 04/04/83
Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 6 ozs. Jim Mattingly
Somerset, KY
Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland Tailwaters 09/10/72


*World record fish- All tackle