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Yellow Bass Records State & World Records

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

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World Record Yellow Bass

The biggest yellow bass ever caught weighted 2 pounds, 9 ounces. This world record was caught on the Duck River in Waverly, Tennessee by John Chappell in 1998.

Yellow Bass Records by State

StateWeightLocationCaught ByDate
Alabama2 lb 8 ozGuntersville ReservoirDennis M. Woebbeking, Pisgah4/12/2000
Arizona1 lbs 15.8 ozUpper Lake MaryGlenn D. Davis III5/19/1995
Arkansas2 lbs 2 ozGillham LakeTony Dinger, De Queen, AR4/26/2009
Illinois2 lbsprivate pondJimmy Kostoff Jr.5/5/1994
Indiana2 lb 15 oz*Morse ReservoirJim Raymer6/22/1905
Iowa1 lbs 9 ozLake AnitaMichael Gradick5/1/2000
Kentucky1 lb 6.4 ozLake Barkley TailwatersWilliam Hinton3/19/2009
Nebraska1 lbs 7 ozLouisville Lake #2John Ogle7/4/1993
Tennessee2 lbs 9 ozDuck RiverJohn T. Chappell2/27/1998
Texas1 lbs 5.92 ozLake ForkMickey Wheatley11/19/1997
Wisconsin2 lbs 12 ozLake Waubesa2/13/2013

* not verified by the International Game Fish Association

What state has the largest yellow bass?

Tennessee is the states with the largest yellow bass caught in the United States. It weighed 2 lbs 9 oz and was caught on the Duck River by John Chappell in 1998.

What is the average size yellow bass?

The average size yellow bass seen in the wild are 9-12 inches long, weighing 8-12 ounces.. This is much smaller than the world record of 2 lbs 9 oz.

What size yellow bass is considered a trophy?

Yellow bass start to be considered trophy at 13 inches long.