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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.

These fish were caught by rod and reel.

Species Weight Location Date State Record Holder
Bass, Hybrid Striped* 27 lbs., 5 oz. Greers Ferry Lake 04/24/1997 Jerald C. Shaum, Shirley, AR
Bass, Largemouth 16 lbs., 8 oz. Mallard Lake 03/02/1976 Aaron Mardis, Memphis, TN
Bass, Ozark 1 lb., 1 oz. Norfork Lake 05/12/2014 Dan Biery, Clinton, AR
Bass, Rock 1 lb., 8 oz. Norfork Lake (Clear Creek) 08/02/1982 Jerry Heard, Everton, AR
Bass, Shadow* 1 lb., 12 oz. Spring River 07/05/1999 James E. Baker, W. Monroe, LA
Bass, Smallmouth 7 lbs., 5 oz. Bull Shoals Lake 04/01/1969 Acie Dickerson, Lakeview, AR
Bass, Spotted 7 lbs., 15 oz. Bull Shoals Lake 03/26/1983 Mike Heilich, St. Louis, MO
Bass, Striped 64 lbs., 8 oz. Beaver Lake Tailwater 04/28/2000 Jeff Fletcher, Golden, MO
Bass, White 5 lbs., 6 oz. Mississippi River 10/27/2005 Bill Nelson, Memphis, TN
Bass, Yellow 2 lbs., 4 oz. Lake Ouachita 01/26/2022 Craig Viscardis, Hot Springs, AR
Bluegill 3 lbs., 4 oz. Fulton County 08/07/1998 Albert Sharp, Elizabeth, AR
Bowfin 17 lbs., 5 oz. Desha County 02/21/1977 Doug Smith, McGehee, AR
Buffalo, Bigmouth 50 lbs., 0 oz. Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir 09/10/2007 Tony Worm, Conway, AR
Buffalo, Black 92 lbs., 8 oz. Lake Maumelle 02/26/2001 Kenny DeLuca, Paron, AR
Buffalo, Smallmouth 68 lbs., 8 oz. Lake Hamilton 05/15/1984 Jerry Dolezal, Berwyn, IL
Bullhead, Black 4 lbs., 12 oz. Point Remove Creek 04/11/1986 Janet Story, Morrilton, AR
Bullhead, Brown 3 lbs., 3 oz. Upper White Oak Lake 04/02/2013 Christopher “JJ” Holeman, Camden, AR
Bullhead, Yellow 2 lbs., 7 oz. Private lake 09/21/2014 Jackie R. Mullins, Texarkana, AR
Catfish, Blue 116 lbs., 12 oz. Mississippi River 08/03/2001 Charles Ashley Jr., Marion, AR
Catfish, Channel 38 lbs., 0 oz. Lake Ouachita 06/03/1989 Joe Holleman, Waldron, AR
Catfish, Flathead 80 lbs., 0 oz. Arkansas River 10/28/1989 Wesley White, Hartford, AR
Eel, American 5 lbs., 4 oz. Spring River 07/12/2015 Cory Beeson, Jonesboro, AR
Crappie, Black 5 lbs., 0 oz. Lake Wilhelmina 06/06/2011 Donivan Echols, Mena, AR
Crappie, White 4 lbs., 7 oz. Mingo Creek 04/12/1993 Shelby D. Cooper, Bald Knob, AR
Drum, Freshwater 45 lbs., 7 oz. Lake Wilson 07/11/2004 Chuck Piker, Hamburg, AR
Eel, American 5 lbs., 4.4 oz. Spring River 07/15/2015 Cory Beeson, Jonesboro, AR
Flier 0 lbs., 14 oz. Saline River 07/10/1985 Harvey Jones, Warren, AR
Gar, Alligator 215 lbs., 0 oz. Arkansas River 07/31/1964 Alvin Bonds, Clarksville, AR
Gar, Longnose 35 lbs., 12 oz. Taylor Old River Lake 06/28/2005 Tommy Cantrell, Dumas, AR
Gar, Shortnose 5 lbs., 13 oz. Lake Dardanelle 09/23/2011 Thomas Kremers, Clarksville,AR
Gar, Spotted 7 lbs., 15 oz. Little Red River 03/29/2018 Tim Welch, Bono, AR
Goldeye 2 lbs., 3 oz. State Line Outlet Ditch 04/02/2021 Jamie Wilhoite, Manila, AR
Herring, Skipjack 2 lbs., 10 oz. Lake Dardanelle 01/03/2004 Jeremy Whitcomb, Little Rock, AR
Mooneye 0 lbs., 11 oz. Current River 08/27/2022 Shawn Clark, Poplar Bluff, MO
Muskie, Tiger 23 lbs., 12 oz. Spring River 06/27/1995 Randy Wyatt, Thayer, MO
Paddlefish 118 lbs., 9 oz. Beaver Lake 08/27/2020 James C. Johnson, North Oaks, MN
Pickerel, Chain 7 lbs., 10 oz. Little Red River 01/06/1979 Abe Vogel, Heber Springs, AR
Pike, Northern 16 lbs., 1 oz. DeGray Lake 12/27/1973 Dick Cooley, Arkadelphia, AR
Redhorse, Golden 1 lb., 2 oz. Spring River 05/27/2011 D. Victor Waits, Holts Summit, MO
Redhorse, River 9 lbs., 3 oz. Osage Creek 12/20/2022 Levi Wright, Bentonville, AR
Redhorse, Silver 6 lbs., 9 oz. Eleven Point River 12/12/2020 Russell “Rusty” Gibson, Marmaduke, AR
Sauger 6 lbs., 12 oz. Arkansas River 12/15/1976 Claude Eubanks, Fort Smith, AR
Saugeye 9 lbs., 0 oz. Lake Frierson 01/30/2012 Chris Owen, Alicia, AR
Shad, Alabama 2 lbs., 13 oz. Ouachita River 04/04/1997 Monte Pascoe, Hot Springs, AR
Shad, Gizzard 2 lbs., 14 oz. White River 05/09/1992 Charles Jordan, Mountain View, AR
Sturgeon, Shovelnose 5 lbs., 0 oz. Spring River 10/10/2008 D. Victor Waits, Holts Summit, MO
Sucker, Northern Hog 1 lb., 6 oz. Eleven Point River 04/10/2021 Rusty Gibson, Marmaduke, AR
Sucker, Spotted 2 lb., 3 oz. Twin Creek 03/20/2023 John Carter, Little Rock, AR
Sunfish, Green 1 lb., 11 oz. pond, Dierks 04/12/1976 Keith McCullough, Dierks, AR
Sunfish, Longear 1 lb., 2 oz. Table Rock Lake 04/22/1991 Carl Bohannan, Eureka Springs, AR
Sunfish, Redear 2 lbs., 14 oz. Bois d’Arc Lake 05/04/1985 Glenda Tatom, Stamps, AR
Trout, Brook 5 lbs., 0 oz. North Fork River 06/03/2002 Billy J. Meeks, Wylie, TX
Trout, Brown* 40 lbs., 4 oz. Little Red River 05/09/1992 Howard “Rip” Collins, Heber Springs, AR
Trout, Cutthroat 10 lbs., 2 oz. White River 09/29/2018 Mike Bowers, Abilene, KS
Trout, Lake 11 lbs., 5 oz. Greers Ferry Lake 12/15/1997 Clark Stevenson, Greenbrier, AR
Trout, Rainbow 19 lbs., 1 oz. White River 03/14/1981 Jim Miller, Memphis, TN
Walleye* 22 lbs., 11 oz. Greers Ferry Lake 03/12/1982 Al Nelson, Higden, AR
Warmouth 1 lb., 8 oz. Black Dog Bayou 05/28/1998 Michael 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.

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

Species Weight Location Date State Record Holder
Buffalo, Bigmouth 56 lbs., 4 oz. Calion Lake 04/03/2000 Benny Alexander, El Dorado, AR
Buffalo, Black 105 lbs., 0 oz. Harris Brake Lake 03/14/1994 Kenneth Harvey, Perryville, AR
Buffalo, Smallmouth 74 lbs., 0 oz. Millwood Lake 04/15/2007 Zane Barrett, Murfreesboro, AR
Bullhead, Yellow 4 lbs., 9 oz. Blue Bayou 05/22/2005 Joshua Rosenbaum, Nashville, AR
Carpsucker, Highfin 1 lbs., 12 oz. Arkansas River 06/19/2017 Jimmy Ruple, Greenbrier, AR
Carpsucker, Quillback 6 lbs., 9 oz. Beaver Lake 04/19/2019 Caleb Broeker, Berryville, AR
Carpsucker, River 3 lbs., 2 oz. Arkansas River 06/19/2017 Jimmy Ruple, Greenbrier, AR
Catfish, Flathead 85 lbs., 6 oz. Blackfish Lake 06/10/2019 Preston Gracey, Forrest City, AR
Eel, American 5 lbs., 5 oz. Bull Shoals Lake 06/24/2018 Wilson Bowling, Bull Shoals, AR
Gar, Longnose 54 lbs., 0 oz. Arkansas River 08/04/2011 Torry Cook, Warren, AR
Gar, Shortnose 11 lbs., 12 oz. Cypress Bayou 11/02/2016 Bryson Harpole, Ward, AR
Gar, Spotted 12 lbs., 5 oz. Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir 03/18/2017 Jerrime Tucker, Conway, AR
Goldeye 2 lb., 12 oz. Cache River 03/22/2020 Tommy Medler, Judsonia, AR
Mullet, Striped 5 lb., 6 oz. Morgan Point Bendway Lake 03/27/2020 Samuel Yarberry, Bryant, AR
Redhorse, River 9 lbs. 0 oz. Lake Ouachita 03/17/2013 Asher Kight, Hot Springs, AR
Shad, Gizzard 3 lbs. 7 oz. DeGray Lake 06/15/2013 Ross Wooldridge, Malvern, AR
Sucker, Spotted 4 lbs., 6 oz. Big Hill Creek 03/19/2018 Ransum Mullens, Camden, AR

Fisheries District Offices

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

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