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.

Ancient Fish
Bowfin 15.08 lbs. Norman Moran
Lexington, KY
Green River 05/31/1999
Longnose Gar 40 lbs. Kelsie Travis, Jr.
Paducah, KY
Ohio River 08/08/1956
Paddlefish (Spoonbill) 106 lbs. William Chumbler
Calvert City, KY
Ohio River 03/23/2004
Spotted Gar 4 lbs., 7 ozs. Jonathan Huether 
Mt. Washington, KY
Kentucky Lake 07/20/2014


36 lbs., 8 ozs. Barney Frazier
Corbin, KY
Lake Cumberland 10/03/1954
Bass, Black
Coosa Bass 1.21 lbs.

Seth Goodin Smith, KY

Martin’s Fork, Cumberland River 05/25/2013
Kentucky Bass (Spotted Bass) 7 lbs., 10 ozs. A.E. Sellers
Louisville, KY
Nelson County 06/13/1970
Largemouth Bass 14 lbs., 9.5 ozs. Mark Ward
Evarts, KY
Highsplint Lake 04/19/2019
Smallmouth Bass 11 lbs., 15 ozs.* David L. Hayes
Leitchfield, KY
Dale Hollow Lake 07/09/1955
Bass, Temperate
Striped Bass (Rockfish) 58 lbs., 4 ozs. Roger Foster,
Somerset, KY
Beaver Creek
Lake Cumberland
Hybrid Striped Bass 20 lbs., 8 ozs Mark Wilson
Louisville, KY
Barren River Lake
White Bass 5 lbs. (TIE) Lorne Eli
Dawson Springs, KY
Kentucky Lake 07/11/43
B.B. Hardin
Mt. Eden, KY
Herrington Lake 06/03/1957
Yellow Bass 1 lb., 6.4 ozs. William Hinton
Central City, KY
Cumberland River
Lake Barkley Tailwaters
Bighead Carp 64 lbs. Drew Fulmer
Florence, KY
Jonathan Creek
Kentucky Lake
Creek Chub 0.59 lbs. Joshua Scott
Louisville, KY
Otter Creek
Hardin County
Blue Sucker 8.34 lbs. Stacy L. Boik
Evansville, IN
Ohio River 11/22/2009
Northern Hog Sucker 1 lbs., 12 ozs. Larry Salchli
Stanton, KY
Slate Creek
Bath County
Buffalo (Smallmouth) 55 lbs. Clinton Roby
Waddy, KY
Kentucky Lake 03/23/2000
Common Carp 54 lbs., 14 ozs. Ricky Vance
Paris, KY
South Fork
Licking River
Golden Redhorse 4 lbs., 5 ozs. Leif Meadows
Stanton, KY
Red River 04/22/1998
Grass Carp 58 lbs., 8ozs. Robert Marsh
Erlanger, KY
Forest Lawn Lake,
Kenton County
River Redhorse 9 lbs., 1 oz. Denny Hatfield.
London, KY
Rockcastle River,
Laurel County
Silver Redhorse 5 lbs., 6 ozs. Justin Collins
London, KY
Rockcastle River,
Laurel County
White Sucker 1.63 lbs. Larry S. Salachi
Stanton, KY
Slate Creek,
Montgomery County
Silver Carp 13 lbs., 5 ozs. Dustin Fitzgerald Gilbertsville, KY Cumberland River 02/21/2017
Bluntnose Minnow 0.01 lbs. Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
Hood Creek,
Lawrence County
Golden Shiner 0.31 lbs. Brent Pierick
O’Fallon, MO
Kentucky Lake 06/24/2014
Spottail Shiner 0.01 lbs. Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
Paintsville Lake 06/21/2013
Striped Shiner 0.16 lbs. Joseph Johnson
Louisville, KY
Beargrass Creek,
Jefferson County
Blacknose Dace 0.008 lbs. Andy Pelphrey
Stambaugh, KY
Hood Creek,
Lawrence County
Blue Catfish 106.9 lbs. Glynn Grogan
Arlington, KY
Ohio River 10/20/2018
Bullhead Catfish 5 lbs., 8 ozs. Randy Kirk Maysville, KY Private Pond, Mason County 07/06/2013
Channel Catfish 32 lbs. Kyle Estep
South Point, Ohio
Ohio River,
Boyd County
Flathead Catfish 97 lbs. Esker Carroll Green River 06/06/1956
White Catfish 5.27 lbs. Ethen Vest
Frankfort, KY
Guist Creek Lake 10/11/2016
Freshwater Drum 38 lbs. Larry Cardwell
Morgantown, KY
Green River 06/05/1980
Skipjack Herring 3.10 lbs. Joey Dixon
Elizabethtown, KY
Ohio River,
Cannelton Tailwater
Gizzard Shad 4.08 lbs. Carl Rowe Ohio River,
Greenup L & D
Goldeye 2 lbs, .64 ozs. Mark Smith
Lexington, KY
Kentucky River 04/21/2001
​Mooneye ​10 ozs. ​Samir Bajric 
Bowling Green, KY
​Barren River 08/23/2019
Sauger 7 lbs., 7 ozs. Rastie Andrew
Jamestown, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
Saugeye 8 lbs., 8.8 ozs. Clay Smith
Lexington, KY
Cumberland River tailwater,
Russell County
Walleye 21 lbs., 8 ozs. Abe Black
Shaker Heights, OH
Lake Cumberland 10/01/1958
Logperch 0.08 lbs. Marietta Strange Louisville, KY Lake Barkley 11/04/2013
Yellow Perch 1 lb., 7 ozs. Klint Thaxton
Ashland, IL
Cozy Cove Lodge,
Kentucky Lake
Chain Pickerel 5 lbs., 6 ozs. Tommy Thompson
Bardwell, KY
Forked Lake,
Carlisle County
Grass Pickerel 0.63 lbs. Gerald Gallagher
Louisville, KY
Wilson Creek,
Bullitt County
Muskellunge 47 lbs. Sarah K. Terry
Mt. Sterling, KY
Cave Run Lake 11/02/2008
Northern Pike 10.53 lbs. Derek Cowden
Corbin, KY
Laurel River Lake 10/29/2006
Tiger Muskie (Muskellunge Hybrid) 19 lbs., 9 ozs. Wayne Joslin
Winchester, KY
Private Lake,
Clark County
Bluegill 4 lbs., 3 ozs. Phil Conyers
Madisonville, KY
Strip mine lake
Hopkins County
Crappie (White or Black) 4 lbs., 14 ozs. Penny Hopper
Crofton, KY
Watershed Lake
Christian County
Green Sunfish 1 lb., 9.44 ozs. David Gibson Hawesville, KY Farm Pond,
Hancock County
Longear Sunfish 13.28 ozs. Anthony Lynch
Salyersville, KY
Strip mine pond
Magoffin County
Redbreast Sunfish 0.88 lbs. Tim King
Stearns, KY
Marsh Creek
McCreary County
Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker) 3 lbs., 1 oz. Betty Truax
Finchville, KY
Farm Pond
Shelby County
Rock Bass 1 lb., 10 ozs. H.S. White
Cadiz, KY
Casey Creek
Trigg County
Warmouth 1 lb., 6.2 ozs. Jon Hoover
Louisville, KY
Private Pond
Jefferson County
Brook Trout 3.65 lbs. Wyatt Hoefer
Louisville, KY
Cumberland River, Lake Cumberland Tailwaters 03/15/2015
Brown Trout 21 lbs. Thomas Malone
Crofton, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
Lake Trout 5 lbs., 5 ozs. John McDonogh
Jeffersontown, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
Rainbow Trout 14 lbs., 6 ozs. Jim Mattingly
Somerset, KY
Cumberland River,
Lake Cumberland Tailwaters
*World Record - all tackle
Note: No listing for a species means no record currently exists for that species.