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Kentucky Fishing Records

Kentucky has records for 62 fish species caught within the state. Below you will find each record, what you need to be eligible for a record, and how to submit a record application.

Kentucky Record Fish

SpeciesWeightLocationCaught byDate
Bowfin15.08 lbs.Green RiverNorman Moran
Lexington, KY
05/31/1999
Longnose Gar40 lbs.Ohio RiverKelsie Travis, Jr.
Paducah, KY
08/08/1956
Paddlefish106 lbs.Ohio RiverWilliam Chumbler
Calvert City, KY
03/23/2004
Spotted Gar4 lbs., 7 ozs.Kentucky LakeJonathan Huether
Mt. Washington, KY
07/20/2014
Sturgeon36 lbs., 8 ozs.Lake CumberlandBarney Frazier
Corbin, KY
10/03/1954
Coosa Bass1.21 lbs.Martin’s Fork, Cumberland RiverSeth Goodin Smith, KY05/25/2013
Spotted Bass7 lbs., 10 ozs.Nelson CountyA.E. Sellers
Louisville, KY
06/13/1970
Largemouth Bass14 lbs., 9.5 ozs.Highsplint LakeMark Ward
Evarts, KY
04/19/2019
Smallmouth Bass11 lbs., 15 ozs.*Dale Hollow LakeDavid L. Hayes
Leitchfield, KY
07/09/1955
Striped Bass58 lbs., 4 ozs.Beaver Creek
Lake Cumberland
Roger Foster,
Somerset, KY
12/11/1985
Hybrid Striped Bass20 lbs., 8 ozsBarren River Lake
Tailwaters
Mark Wilson
Louisville, KY
04/27/1991
White Bass5 lbsHerrington LakeB.B. Hardin
Mt. Eden, KY
06/03/1957
Yellow Bass1 lb., 6.4 ozs.Cumberland River
Lake Barkley Tailwaters
William Hinton
Central City, KY
03/19/2009
Bighead Carp65 lbs.
1.0 ozs.
Kentucky RiverEddie Young
Versailles, KY
07/18/2020
Creek Chub0.59 lbs.Otter Creek
Hardin County
Joshua Scott
Louisville, KY
03/26/2006
Blue Sucker8.34 lbs.Ohio RiverStacy L. Boik
Evansville, IN
11/22/2009
Northern Hog Sucker1 lbs., 12 ozs.Slate Creek
Bath County
Larry Salchli
Stanton, KY
04/07/2005
Buffalo55 lbs.Kentucky LakeClinton Roby
Waddy, KY
03/23/2000
Common Carp54 lbs., 14 ozs.South Fork
Licking River
Ricky Vance
Paris, KY
03/13/1971
Golden Redhorse4 lbs., 5 ozs.Red RiverLeif Meadows
Stanton, KY
04/22/1998
Grass Carp58 lbs., 8ozs.Forest Lawn Lake,
Kenton County
Robert Marsh
Erlanger, KY
06/17/2009
River Redhorse9 lbs., 1 oz.Rockcastle River,
Laurel County
Denny Hatfield.
London, KY
09/20/2003
Silver Redhorse5 lbs., 6 ozs.Rockcastle River,
Laurel County
Justin Collins
London, KY
04/17/2010
White Sucker1.63 lbs.Slate Creek,
Montgomery County
Larry S. Salachi
Stanton, KY
03/19/1998
Silver Carp13 lbs., 5 ozs.Cumberland RiverDustin Fitzgerald Gilbertsville, KY02/21/2017
Bluntnose Minnow0.01 lbs.Hood Creek,
Lawrence County
Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
06/17/2008
Golden Shiner0.45 lbs.Lake Reba,
Madison County
Billy Rice
Stanton, KY
05/08/2020
Spottail Shiner0.01 lbs.Paintsville LakeAndy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
06/21/2013
Striped Shiner0.17 lbs.Banklick Creek,
Kenton County
Nathanael Powell
Independence, KY
10/25/2021​
Blacknose Dace0.008 lbs.Hood Creek,
Lawrence County
Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
06/21/2008
Blue Catfish106.9 lbs.Ohio RiverGlynn Grogan
Arlington, KY
10/20/2018
Bullhead Catfish5 lbs., 8 ozs.Private Pond, Mason CountyRandy Kirk Maysville, KY07/06/2013
Channel Catfish32 lbs.Ohio River,
Boyd County
Kyle Estep
South Point, Ohio
05/26/2004
Flathead Catfish97 lbs.Green RiverEsker Carroll06/06/1956
White Catfish5.27 lbs.Guist Creek LakeEthen Vest
Frankfort, KY
10/11/2016
Freshwater Drum42 lbs.,
13 ozs
Dale Hollow LakeAlan Cooper
Morgantown, KY
04/26/2021
Skipjack Herring3.10 lbs.Ohio River,
Cannelton Tailwater
Joey Dixon
Elizabethtown, KY
04/14/2006
Gizzard Shad4.08 lbs.Ohio River,
Greenup L & D
Carl Rowe05/24/2009
Goldeye2 lbs, .64 ozs.Kentucky RiverMark Smith
Lexington, KY
04/21/2001
​Mooneye​10 ozs.​Barren River​Samir Bajric
Bowling Green, KY
08/23/2019
Sauger7 lbs., 7 ozs.Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
Rastie Andrew
Jamestown, KY
04/28/1983
Saugeye9 lbs., 0.5 ozs.Bullock Pen Lake,
Boone/Grant County
Wolfgang Kratzenberg
Verona, KY
03/21/2021
Walleye21 lbs., 8 ozs.Lake CumberlandAbe Black
Shaker Heights, OH
10/01/1958
​Fantail Darter​0.16 ozs.​Hickman Creek,
Jessamine County
​Chase Kirk
Lexington, KY
​04/20/2021
Logperch0.08 lbs.Lake BarkleyMarietta Strange Louisville, KY11/04/2013
Yellow Perch1 lb., 7 ozs.Cozy Cove Lodge,
Kentucky Lake
Klint Thaxton
Ashland, IL
03/12/2010
Chain Pickerel5 lbs., 6 ozs.Forked Lake,
Carlisle County
Tommy Thompson
Bardwell, KY
07/08/1983
Grass Pickerel0.63 lbs.Wilson Creek,
Bullitt County
Gerald Gallagher
Louisville, KY
07/17/1989
Muskellunge47 lbs.Cave Run LakeSarah K. Terry
Mt. Sterling, KY
11/02/2008
Northern Pike10.53 lbs.Laurel River LakeDerek Cowden
Corbin, KY
10/29/2006
Tiger Muskie19 lbs., 9 ozs.Private Lake,
Clark County
Wayne Joslin
Winchester, KY
04/25/2007
Bluegill4 lbs., 3 ozs.Strip mine lake
Hopkins County
Phil Conyers
Madisonville, KY
08/05/1980
Crappie4 lbs., 14 ozs.Watershed Lake
Christian County
Penny Hopper
Crofton, KY
05/08/2005
Green Sunfish1 lb., 9.44 ozs.Farm Pond,
Hancock County
David Gibson Hawesville, KY05/20/2013
Longear Sunfish13.28 ozs.Strip mine pond
Magoffin County
Anthony Lynch
Salyersville, KY
06/23/1994
Redbreast Sunfish0.88 lbs.Marsh Creek
McCreary County
Tim King
Stearns, KY
09/01/1997
Redear Sunfish3 lbs., 1 oz.Farm Pond
Shelby County
Betty Truax
Finchville, KY
05/24/1982
Rock Bass1 lb., 10 ozs.Casey Creek
Trigg County
H.S. White
Cadiz, KY
05/26/1975
Warmouth1 lb., 6.2 ozs.Private Pond
Jefferson County
Jon Hoover
Louisville, KY
07/21/2003
Brook Trout3.65 lbs.Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland TailwatersWyatt Hoefer
Louisville, KY
03/15/2015
Brown Trout21 lbs.Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
Thomas Malone
Crofton, KY
04/30/2000
Lake Trout5 lbs., 5 ozs.Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
John McDonogh
Jeffersontown, KY
04/04/1983
Rainbow Trout14 lbs., 6 ozs.Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
Jim Mattingly
Somerset, KY
09/10/1972

Eligibility for Kentucky Fishing Records

To qualify for a state record, the fish must have been caught in Kentucky with a rod and reel or a pole and line. Fish caught with on commercial gear, such as trotlines or by snagging, snaring or bowfishing are not eligible in Kentucky.

Documentation Needed

How to Report a New Fish Record in Kentucky

To report a new record, mail your completed application and photo to KDFWR, Record Fish Program, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Before submitting your application double check you have the proper documentation. You can find all requirements on the third page of your application.

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