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Bighead Carp State & World Records

Bighead carp are one of the most fun freshwater species to fish for. Below you will learn what makes a trophy bighead carp and the state and world records.

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World Record Bighead Carp

The biggest bighead carp ever caught weighted 90 pounds. This world record was caught at Guntersville Reservoir in Tennessee by Jeffrey J. Rorex on June 2, 2005.

Bighead Carp Records by State

StateWeightLocationCaught ByDate
Illinois43 lbs 3 ozLyerla LakeLarry Hileman5/25/1995
Indiana53 lb 8 ozWhite RiverDuane Stafford6/22/1905
Kentucky65 lbs 1 ozs.Kentucky RiverEddie Young7/18/2020
Mississippi83 lbs 2 ozWolf RiverFranklin Buehler9/1/2009
Missouri80 lbsLake Of The OzarksKyle Schneider10/9/2004
Nebraska53 lbs 3 ozMiddle Island LakeRyan Othling8/8/2005
Tennessee90 lbsGuntersville ReservoirJeffrey J. Rorex6/2/2005
Texas90 lbsLake KirbyTimothy Conner7/22/2000
Wisconsin67 lbs 3.2 ozWisconsin River4/29/2022

What state has the largest bighead carp?

Tennessee is the state with the largest bighead carp caught in the United States and current world record. It weighed 90 lbs and was caught on Guntersville Reservoir by Jeffrey J. Rorex June 2, 2005.

What is the average size bighead carp?

The average size bighead carp seen in the wild are 24 – 36 inches long and weight 20-40 lbs. This is much smaller than the world record of 90 lbs.

What size bighead carp is considered a trophy?

Bighead carp start to be considered trophy size at 30 inches long.