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Arkansas State Record Fish

Information and Application

Discover the guidelines, requirements, and application process for claiming the Arkansas State Record Fish. From legal catches and approved methods to fish identification and eligibility criteria, we provide the essential information you need to pursue fishing greatness in Arkansas.

Rules of Recognition for Arkansas State Record Fish

State-record fish must be legally caught in Arkansas with a sport-fishing license, excluding hatcheries and pay-to-fish lakes.

Fish must be caught using rod or pole with hook and line. Snagging equipment is accepted in legal snagging areas. Electric reels are prohibited. Other legal sport tackle can be considered for the “unrestricted tackle” category if it surpasses the record weight set by rod or pole fishing.

Only catches made by anglers with a valid sport-fishing license using legal sport-fishing methods will be considered.

Arkansas sport-fishing records for hybrid species only include those stocked by AGFC (tiger muskie, hybrid striped bass, saugeye). Commercial fish catches are not eligible.

Only one person can be involved in subduing the fish, except for assistance with netting or gaffing.

To apply for a state record, an angler must submit a State Record Fish Application, available from AGFC offices or click on the link on this page.

A fisheries professional from AGFC or USFWS must identify the fish, and their name, signature, and title/qualifications should appear on the application form.

The fish must be weighed on a certified scale legal for trade, witnessed by an AGFC or USFWS employee. Only the weight witnessed at the official weigh-in will be accepted.

GFC considers records for all fish over 8 oz. that are native or actively stocked or managed for recreational purposes. One-ounce gradations are used for records, and fractions of an ounce are disregarded. No alterations to the fish to increase weight are allowed.

Rod and Reel Records

These fish were caught by rod and reel.

SpeciesWeightLocationDateState Record Holder
Bass, Hybrid Striped*27 lbs., 5 oz.Greers Ferry Lake04/24/1997Jerald C. Shaum, Shirley, AR
Bass, Largemouth16 lbs., 8 oz.Mallard Lake03/02/1976Aaron Mardis, Memphis, TN
Bass, Ozark1 lb., 1 oz.Norfork Lake05/12/2014Dan Biery, Clinton, AR
Bass, Rock1 lb., 8 oz.Norfork Lake (Clear Creek)08/02/1982Jerry Heard, Everton, AR
Bass, Shadow*1 lb., 12 oz.Spring River07/05/1999James E. Baker, W. Monroe, LA
Bass, Smallmouth7 lbs., 5 oz.Bull Shoals Lake04/01/1969Acie Dickerson, Lakeview, AR
Bass, Spotted7 lbs., 15 oz.Bull Shoals Lake03/26/1983Mike Heilich, St. Louis, MO
Bass, Striped64 lbs., 8 oz.Beaver Lake Tailwater04/28/2000Jeff Fletcher, Golden, MO
Bass, White5 lbs., 6 oz.Mississippi River10/27/2005Bill Nelson, Memphis, TN
Bass, Yellow2 lbs., 4 oz.Lake Ouachita01/26/2022Craig Viscardis, Hot Springs, AR
Bluegill3 lbs., 4 oz.Fulton County08/07/1998Albert Sharp, Elizabeth, AR
Bowfin17 lbs., 5 oz.Desha County02/21/1977Doug Smith, McGehee, AR
Buffalo, Bigmouth50 lbs., 0 oz.Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir09/10/2007Tony Worm, Conway, AR
Buffalo, Black92 lbs., 8 oz.Lake Maumelle02/26/2001Kenny DeLuca, Paron, AR
Buffalo, Smallmouth68 lbs., 8 oz.Lake Hamilton05/15/1984Jerry Dolezal, Berwyn, IL
Bullhead, Black4 lbs., 12 oz.Point Remove Creek04/11/1986Janet Story, Morrilton, AR
Bullhead, Brown3 lbs., 9 oz.Lower White Oak Lake02/09/2024Angela Dixon, Chidester, AR
Bullhead, Yellow2 lbs., 7 oz.Private lake09/21/2014Jackie R. Mullins, Texarkana, AR
Catfish, Blue116 lbs., 12 oz.Mississippi River08/03/2001Charles Ashley Jr., Marion, AR
Catfish, Channel38 lbs., 0 oz.Lake Ouachita06/03/1989Joe Holleman, Waldron, AR
Catfish, Flathead80 lbs., 0 oz.Arkansas River10/28/1989Wesley White, Hartford, AR
Eel, American5 lbs., 4 oz.Spring River07/12/2015Cory Beeson, Jonesboro, AR
Crappie, Black5 lbs., 0 oz.Lake Wilhelmina06/06/2011Donivan Echols, Mena, AR
Crappie, White4 lbs., 7 oz.Mingo Creek04/12/1993Shelby D. Cooper, Bald Knob, AR
Drum, Freshwater45 lbs., 7 oz.Lake Wilson07/11/2004Chuck Piker, Hamburg, AR
Eel, American5 lbs., 4.4 oz.Spring River07/15/2015Cory Beeson, Jonesboro, AR
Flier0 lbs., 14 oz.Saline River07/10/1985Harvey Jones, Warren, AR
Gar, Alligator215 lbs., 0 oz.Arkansas River07/31/1964Alvin Bonds, Clarksville, AR
Gar, Longnose35 lbs., 12 oz.Taylor Old River Lake06/28/2005Tommy Cantrell, Dumas, AR
Gar, Shortnose5 lbs., 13 oz.Lake Dardanelle09/23/2011Thomas Kremers, Clarksville,AR
Gar, Spotted7 lbs., 15 oz.Little Red River03/29/2018Tim Welch, Bono, AR
Goldeye2 lbs., 3 oz.State Line Outlet Ditch04/02/2021Jamie Wilhoite, Manila, AR
Herring, Skipjack2 lbs., 10 oz.Lake Dardanelle01/03/2004Jeremy Whitcomb, Little Rock, AR
Mooneye0 lbs., 11 oz.Current River08/27/2022Shawn Clark, Poplar Bluff, MO
Muskie, Tiger23 lbs., 12 oz.Spring River06/27/1995Randy Wyatt, Thayer, MO
Paddlefish127 lbs., 6 oz.Beaver Lake06/18/2024Mike Schleeper, Garfield, AR
Pickerel, Chain7 lbs., 10 oz.Little Red River01/06/1979Abe Vogel, Heber Springs, AR
Pike, Northern16 lbs., 1 oz.DeGray Lake12/27/1973Dick Cooley, Arkadelphia, AR
Redhorse, Golden1 lb., 2 oz.Spring River05/27/2011D. Victor Waits, Holts Summit, MO
Redhorse, River9 lbs., 3 oz.Osage Creek12/20/2022Levi Wright, Bentonville, AR
Redhorse, Silver6 lbs., 9 oz.Eleven Point River12/12/2020Russell “Rusty” Gibson, Marmaduke, AR
Sauger6 lbs., 12 oz.Arkansas River12/15/1976Claude Eubanks, Fort Smith, AR
Saugeye9 lbs., 0 oz.Lake Frierson01/30/2012Chris Owen, Alicia, AR
Shad, Alabama2 lbs., 13 oz.Ouachita River04/04/1997Monte Pascoe, Hot Springs, AR
Shad, Gizzard2 lbs., 14 oz.White River05/09/1992Charles Jordan, Mountain View, AR
Sturgeon, Shovelnose5 lbs., 0 oz.Spring River10/10/2008D. Victor Waits, Holts Summit, MO
Sucker, Northern Hog1 lb., 6 oz.Eleven Point River04/10/2021Rusty Gibson, Marmaduke, AR
Sucker, Spotted2 lb., 3 oz.Twin Creek03/20/2023John Carter, Little Rock, AR
Sunfish, Green1 lb., 11 oz.pond, Dierks04/12/1976Keith McCullough, Dierks, AR
Sunfish, Longear1 lb., 2 oz.Table Rock Lake04/22/1991Carl Bohannan, Eureka Springs, AR
Sunfish, Redear2 lbs., 14 oz.Bois d’Arc Lake05/04/1985Glenda Tatom, Stamps, AR
Trout, Brook5 lbs., 0 oz.North Fork River06/03/2002Billy J. Meeks, Wylie, TX
Trout, Brown*40 lbs., 4 oz.Little Red River05/09/1992Howard “Rip” Collins, Heber Springs, AR
Trout, Cutthroat10 lbs., 2 oz.White River09/29/2018Mike Bowers, Abilene, KS
Trout, Lake11 lbs., 5 oz.Greers Ferry Lake12/15/1997Clark Stevenson, Greenbrier, AR
Trout, Rainbow19 lbs., 1 oz.White River03/14/1981Jim Miller, Memphis, TN
Walleye*22 lbs., 11 oz.Greers Ferry Lake03/12/1982Al Nelson, Higden, AR
Warmouth1 lb., 8 oz.Black Dog Bayou05/28/1998Michael Curtis, Pine Bluff, AR
* World Record. Note: The brown trout is the 4-pound-line-class world record; the walleye is the 12-pound-line-class world record.

Unrestricted Tackle Records

These fish were caught by legal means other than rod and reel.

SpeciesWeightLocationDateState Record Holder
Buffalo, Bigmouth56 lbs., 4 oz.Calion Lake04/03/2000Benny Alexander, El Dorado, AR
Buffalo, Black105 lbs., 0 oz.Harris Brake Lake03/14/1994Kenneth Harvey, Perryville, AR
Buffalo, Smallmouth74 lbs., 0 oz.Millwood Lake04/15/2007Zane Barrett, Murfreesboro, AR
Bullhead, Yellow4 lbs., 9 oz.Blue Bayou05/22/2005Joshua Rosenbaum, Nashville, AR
Carpsucker, Highfin1 lbs., 12 oz.Arkansas River06/19/2017Jimmy Ruple, Greenbrier, AR
Carpsucker, Quillback8 lbs., 0 oz.Bull Shoals03/02/2024Chance Williams, Harrison, AR
Carpsucker, River3 lbs., 2 oz.Arkansas River06/19/2017Jimmy Ruple, Greenbrier, AR
Catfish, Flathead85 lbs., 6 oz.Blackfish Lake06/10/2019Preston Gracey, Forrest City, AR
Eel, American5 lbs., 5 oz.Bull Shoals Lake06/24/2018Wilson Bowling, Bull Shoals, AR
Gar, Longnose54 lbs., 0 oz.Arkansas River08/04/2011Torry Cook, Warren, AR
Gar, Shortnose11 lbs., 12 oz.Cypress Bayou11/02/2016Bryson Harpole, Ward, AR
Gar, Spotted12 lbs., 5 oz.Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir03/18/2017Jerrime Tucker, Conway, AR
Goldeye2 lb., 12 oz.Cache River03/22/2020Tommy Medler, Judsonia, AR
Mullet, Striped5 lb., 6 oz.Morgan Point Bendway Lake03/27/2020Samuel Yarberry, Bryant, AR
Redhorse, River9 lbs. 0 oz.Lake Ouachita03/17/2013Asher Kight, Hot Springs, AR
Shad, Gizzard3 lbs. 7 oz.DeGray Lake06/15/2013Ross Wooldridge, Malvern, AR
Sucker, Spotted4 lbs., 6 oz.Big Hill Creek03/19/2018Ransum Mullens, Camden, AR

Fisheries District Offices

Click here for contact information about the following locations: Brinkley, Camden, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Monticello, Perrytown and Russellville.

Mayflower | D10
213 A Hwy. 89 South

Mountain Home | D2
201 East 5th Street

Rogers | D1
2805 West Oak Street