N.C. Freshwater Fishing State Records

The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission's Inland Fisheries Division keeps a list of the largest common freshwater fish caught by hook and line in the state's waters. For a list of the largest common saltwater fish, visit the Division of Marine Fisheries (opens new tab). Below is a list of current records and information on how to apply for a new state record. 

Apply for a North Carolina State Freshwater Fishing Record

If you catch a trophy fish that doesn't qualify for a state record, your catch can be recognized through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's North Carolina Angler Recognition Program (NCARP).


Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
Striped Bass
66 lbs
Hiwassee Reservoir 3/31/2012 Black Zoom 
Trick Worm
Tyler Shields

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Largemouth Bass
15 lbs, 14 oz
Farm Pond
Union County
3/29/1991 Crankbait William H. Wofford

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Bodie Bass
(Hybrid Striped Bass)

17 lbs, 7 oz
Lake Chatuge 3/15/1996 Rebel Jointed
Michael R. Hogsed

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Roanoke Bass
2 lbs, 11 oz
Nash Cty fishing creek 4/27/1994 Spinner bait Richard Elijah Evans
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Rock Bass

1 lb, 14 oz

Deep River
4/29/1998 Crappie jig Robert W. Lytton
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Smallmouth Bass

10 lbs, 2 oz

Hiwassee Reservoir 6/1/1951 Unknown Archie Lampkin No image
Spotted Bass
6 lbs, 5 oz
Lake Norman 12/26/2003

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Eric M. Weir
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White Bass
5 lbs, 14 oz
Kerr Reservoir 3/15/1986 Bucktail Jim King
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Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
Blue Catfish
127 lbs, 1 ounce
Roanoke River 7/10/2021 Gizzard Shad Rocky Baker

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Brown Bullhead

4 lbs

Greenfield Lake

New Hanover County

3/14/2016 Cut Bait Mitchell McConnell

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Channel Catfish

26 lbs.

Neuse River 7/17/2021 Cut Bait Taner Rudolph

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Flathead Catfish

78 lbs, 14 oz

Neuse River 07/20/2020 Live sunfish Tyler Barnes
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White Catfish

13 lbs

Lake James 05/21/1990 Night Crawler Jerry Wayne Bentley
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Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
White Perch
2 lbs, 15 oz
Falls of the Neuse Reservoir 12/16/2001 Strata Spoon Bob G. Williams, Jr.

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Yellow Perch
2 lbs, 9 oz

Indiantown Creek

02/08/1990 Minnow Evelyn G. Etheridge

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Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
Chain Pickerel
8 lbs
Gaston Reservoir 02/13/1968 Minnow John H. Leonard

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Redfin Pickerel
2 lbs, 4 oz

Gallberry Swamp

06/23/1997 Minnow Edward C. Davis

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Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
American Shad
7 lbs, 15 oz
Tar River 04/10/1974 Shad Dart R.S. Proctor

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Hickory Shad
4 lbs, 1 ounce

Pitchkettle Creek

02/24/2004 Spoon Trey Maroules

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Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
4 lbs, 5 oz
Henderson County 7/27/1967 Catalpa worm Danny Case

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Green Sunfish
1 lb, 15 oz

Private Pond

7/12/2014 Worm Victoria Navaroli

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1 lb, 5 oz

Private Pond 3/17/1990 Cricket Douglas N. McCall

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1 lb, 6 oz

Trent River  05/21/2003 Eel John Koonce
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2 lb, 1 ounce

Lumber River 6/10/2019 Cricket Alphonso Jackson
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Redear (shellcracker)

4 lbs, 15 oz

Edgecombe County 5/19/2008 Worm Travis Jackson
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Spotted Sunfish

 7 oz

Big Swamp

Robeson County

6/25/2016 Green beetle spin Elijah Crabtree
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1 lb, 13 oz

McLeods Pond

RIchmond County

5/07/1976 Minnow Emma Sears No image


Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
Rainbow Trout
20 lbs, 3 oz
Horsepasture River
Jackson County
01/28/2006 Rapala Leah Johnson

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Brook Trout
7 lbs, 7 oz

Raven Fork River

05/15/1980 Rooster Tail G.L. Marshall, Jr.

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Brown Trout
24 lbs, 10 oz.

Nantahala River


#11 Rapala Robert Lee Dyer

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Species & Weight Location Date Bait Angler Picture
17 lbs, 15 oz
Black River 06/21/1997 Cut bait bream Gregory A. Demery, Sr.

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Black Crappie
4 lbs, 15 oz

Asheboro City Lake #4

04/27/1980 Minnow Dean Dixon

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48 lbs

Mecklenburg County Pond


Unknown William Houston, Jr.

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Freshwater Drum
23 lbs, 8 oz

Kerr Reservoir 03/20/2013 Plastic fluke Jonathan Wilkerson
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Grass Carp
68 lbs, 12 oz

Summerlins Pond


06/08/1998 Rebel Pop R David W. Stowell
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Kokanee Salmon
4 lbs, 1 ounce

Nantahala Lake 06/11/2014 Dodgers & Flashers as lures Jeffrey Todd Smith
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Longnose Gar
25 lbs

Intracoastal Waterway near Coinjock

01/30/2009 Tube Jig Kelly Williams
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41 lbs, 8 oz

Lake Adger

01/23/2001 Big Mack Richard W. Dodd
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Northern Pike
11 lbs, 13 oz

Lake James 08/26/1978 Storm Wiggle Wart Keith Gilliam
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5 lbs, 15 oz
Lake Norman 07/25/1971 Topwater Rapala David Shook
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Smallmouth Buffalo
88 lbs
Lake Wylie 11/14/1993 Pack bait Tony Crawford
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Tiger Muskellunge
33 lbs, 8 oz
Lake James 04/03/1988 Buzzbait Gary Dean Nanney
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13 lbs, 8 oz
Shooting Creek, Lake Chatuge 08/16/1986 Old Faithful Spoon Lamar L. Cofer
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White Crappie
3 lbs, 15 oz
Private Lake
Wake County
04/01/2013 Storm WildEye Swim Shad Lure Joey Boretti
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Related Links

How to Measure a Fish Properly (PDF)

N.C. Angler Recognition Program (NCARP)

Common Fish Species in North Carolina

Division of Marine Fisheries' NC Saltwater Fishing Records (opens new tab)

Division of Marine Fisheries' NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament (Citation Program)

NC Freshwater Records

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