State Record Fishes and Awards

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

The fish must be weighed on a scale certified legal for trade, and the weighing must be witnessed by at least three disinterested persons whose signatures must appear either on the application or on a separate sheet attached to the application. If available, also provide the scale’s printout. The fish must be left intact and not filleted, gutted or cut up. The fish species identification must be verified in person by a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources fishery biologist or the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery manager to be considered.                

If any questions or problems arise, call the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549. Detailed requirements are listed on the third page of the application. Mail completed form and a photograph of the fish to KDFWR, Record Fish Program, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

SPECIES WEIGHT CAUGHT BY LOCATION DATE
Ancient Fish
Bowfin15.08 lbs.Norman Moran
Lexington, KY
Green River05/31/1999
Longnose Gar40 lbs.Kelsie Travis, Jr.
Paducah, KY
Ohio River08/08/1956
Paddlefish (Spoonbill)106 lbs.William Chumbler
Calvert City, KY
Ohio River03/23/2004
Spotted Gar4 lbs., 7 ozs.Jonathan Huether 
Mt. Washington, KY
Kentucky Lake07/20/2014

Sturgeon

36 lbs., 8 ozs.Barney Frazier
Corbin, KY
Lake Cumberland10/03/1954
Bass, Black
Coosa Bass1.21 lbs.

Seth Goodin Smith, KY

Martin’s Fork, Cumberland River05/25/2013
Kentucky Bass (Spotted Bass)7 lbs., 10 ozs.A.E. Sellers
Louisville, KY
Nelson County06/13/1970
Largemouth Bass14 lbs., 9.5 ozs.Mark Ward
Evarts, KY
Highsplint Lake04/19/2019
Smallmouth Bass11 lbs., 15 ozs.*David L. Hayes
Leitchfield, KY
Dale Hollow Lake07/09/1955
Bass, Temperate
Striped Bass (Rockfish)58 lbs., 4 ozs.Roger Foster,
Somerset, KY
Beaver Creek
Lake Cumberland
12/11/1985
Hybrid Striped Bass20 lbs., 8 ozsMark Wilson
Louisville, KY
Barren River Lake
Tailwaters
04/27/1991
White Bass5 lbs. (TIE)Lorne Eli
Dawson Springs, KY
Kentucky Lake07/11/43
B.B. Hardin
Mt. Eden, KY
Herrington Lake06/03/1957
Yellow Bass1 lb., 6.4 ozs.William Hinton
Central City, KY
Cumberland River
Lake Barkley Tailwaters
03/19/2009
Carp/Sucker
Bighead Carp65 lbs.
1.0 ozs.
Eddie Young
Versailles, KY
Kentucky River
07/18/2020
Creek Chub0.59 lbs.Joshua Scott
Louisville, KY
Otter Creek
Hardin County
03/26/2006
Blue Sucker8.34 lbs.Stacy L. Boik
Evansville, IN
Ohio River11/22/2009
Northern Hog Sucker1 lbs., 12 ozs.Larry Salchli
Stanton, KY
Slate Creek
Bath County
04/07/2005
Buffalo (Smallmouth)55 lbs.Clinton Roby
Waddy, KY
Kentucky Lake03/23/2000
Common Carp54 lbs., 14 ozs.Ricky Vance
Paris, KY
South Fork
Licking River
03/13/1971
Golden Redhorse4 lbs., 5 ozs.Leif Meadows
Stanton, KY
Red River04/22/1998
Grass Carp58 lbs., 8ozs.Robert Marsh
Erlanger, KY
Forest Lawn Lake,
Kenton County
06/17/2009
River Redhorse9 lbs., 1 oz.Denny Hatfield.
London, KY
Rockcastle River,
Laurel County
09/20/2003
Silver Redhorse5 lbs., 6 ozs.Justin Collins
London, KY
Rockcastle River,
Laurel County
04/17/2010
White Sucker1.63 lbs.Larry S. Salachi
Stanton, KY
Slate Creek,
Montgomery County
03/19/1998
Silver Carp13 lbs., 5 ozs.Dustin Fitzgerald Gilbertsville, KY Cumberland River02/21/2017
Bluntnose Minnow0.01 lbs.Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
Hood Creek,
Lawrence County
06/17/2008
Golden Shiner0.45 lbs.Billy Rice
Stanton, KY
Lake Reba,
Madison County
05/08/2020
Spottail Shiner0.01 lbs.Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
Paintsville Lake06/21/2013
Striped Shiner0.16 lbs.Joseph Johnson
Louisville, KY
Beargrass Creek,
Jefferson County
04/01/2019
Blacknose Dace0.008 lbs.Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
Hood Creek,
Lawrence County
06/21/2008
Catfish
Blue Catfish106.9 lbs.Glynn Grogan
Arlington, KY
Ohio River10/20/2018
Bullhead Catfish5 lbs., 8 ozs.Randy Kirk Maysville, KYPrivate Pond, Mason County07/06/2013
Channel Catfish32 lbs.Kyle Estep
South Point, Ohio
Ohio River,
Boyd County
05/26/2004
Flathead Catfish97 lbs.Esker CarrollGreen River06/06/1956
White Catfish5.27 lbs.Ethen Vest
Frankfort, KY
Guist Creek Lake10/11/2016
Drum
Freshwater Drum42 lbs.,
13 ozs
Alan Cooper
Morgantown, KY
Dale Hollow Lake
04/26/2021
Herring
Skipjack Herring3.10 lbs.Joey Dixon
Elizabethtown, KY
Ohio River,
Cannelton Tailwater
04/14/2006
Gizzard Shad4.08 lbs.Carl RoweOhio River,
Greenup L & D
05/24/2009
Mooneye
Goldeye2 lbs, .64 ozs.Mark Smith
Lexington, KY
Kentucky River04/21/2001
​Mooneye​10 ozs.​Samir Bajric 
Bowling Green, KY
​Barren River08/23/2019
Perch
Sauger7 lbs., 7 ozs.Rastie Andrew
Jamestown, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
04/28/1983
Saugeye9 lbs., 0.5 ozs.Wolfgang Kratzenberg
Verona, KY
Bullock Pen Lake,
Boone/Grant County
03/21/2021
Walleye21 lbs., 8 ozs.Abe Black
Shaker Heights, OH
Lake Cumberland
10/01/1958
​Fantail Darter
​0.16 ozs.
​Chase Kirk
Lexington, KY
​Hickman Creek,
Jessamine County
​04/20/2021
Logperch0.08 lbs.Marietta Strange Louisville, KYLake Barkley11/04/2013
Yellow Perch1 lb., 7 ozs.Klint Thaxton
Ashland, IL
Cozy Cove Lodge,
Kentucky Lake
03/12/2010
Pike
Chain Pickerel5 lbs., 6 ozs.Tommy Thompson
Bardwell, KY
Forked Lake,
Carlisle County
07/08/1983
Grass Pickerel0.63 lbs.Gerald Gallagher
Louisville, KY
Wilson Creek,
Bullitt County
07/17/1989
Muskellunge47 lbs.Sarah K. Terry
Mt. Sterling, KY
Cave Run Lake11/02/2008
Northern Pike10.53 lbs.Derek Cowden
Corbin, KY
Laurel River Lake10/29/2006
Tiger Muskie (Muskellunge Hybrid)19 lbs., 9 ozs.Wayne Joslin
Winchester, KY
Private Lake,
Clark County
04/25/2007
Sunfish
Bluegill4 lbs., 3 ozs.Phil Conyers
Madisonville, KY
Strip mine lake
Hopkins County
08/05/1980
Crappie (White or Black)4 lbs., 14 ozs.Penny Hopper
Crofton, KY
Watershed Lake
Christian County
05/08/2005
Green Sunfish1 lb., 9.44 ozs.David Gibson Hawesville, KYFarm Pond,
Hancock County
05/20/2013
Longear Sunfish13.28 ozs.Anthony Lynch
Salyersville, KY
Strip mine pond
Magoffin County
06/23/1994
Redbreast Sunfish0.88 lbs.Tim King
Stearns, KY
Marsh Creek
McCreary County
09/01/1997
Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)3 lbs., 1 oz.Betty Truax
Finchville, KY
Farm Pond
Shelby County
05/24/1982
Rock Bass1 lb., 10 ozs.H.S. White
Cadiz, KY
Casey Creek
Trigg County
05/26/1975
Warmouth1 lb., 6.2 ozs.Jon Hoover
Louisville, KY
Private Pond
Jefferson County
07/21/2003
Trout
Brook Trout3.65 lbs.Wyatt Hoefer
Louisville, KY
Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland Tailwaters03/15/2015
Brown Trout21 lbs.Thomas Malone
Crofton, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
04/30/2000
Lake Trout5 lbs., 5 ozs.John McDonogh
Jeffersontown, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
04/04/1983
Rainbow Trout14 lbs., 6 ozs.Jim Mattingly
Somerset, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
09/10/1972
*World Record - all tackle
Note: No listing for a species means no record currently exists for that species.
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