NC Freshwater Fishing State Record Program

The NCWRC Inland Fisheries Division keeps a list of the largest common freshwater fish caught by hook and line in North Carolina waters. This section includes those records, as well as information on how to apply for a new state fish record.

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The following tables contain the current fishing records for a variety of freshwater species.

SpeciesSorted By Species In Ascending OrderWeightLocationDateAnglerLure/BaitPhoto
striped bass66 lbsHiwassee Reservoir 3/31/2012Tyler Shieldsblack zoom trick worm

largemouth bass

15 lbs 14 ozFarm Pond, Union County3/29/1991William H. WoffordCrankbait

Bodie bass (hybrid striped bass)

17 lbs 7ozLake Chatuge3/15/1996Michael R. HogsedRebel Jointed Plug

Roanoke bass

2 lbs 11ozNash County Fishing Creek4/27/1994Richard Elijah EvansSpinner bait

rock bass

1 lb 14 ozDeep River, Carbonton4/29/1998Robert W. LyttonCrappie Jig

Smallmouth Bass

10 lbs 2 ozHiwassee Reservoir6/1/1951Archie LampkinUnknown 

spotted bass

6 lbs 5 ozLake Norman 12/26/2003 Eric M. WeirZoom Finesse Worm

white bass

5 lbs 14 oz Kerr Reservoir 3/15/1986 Jim King Bucktail

SpeciesSorted By Species In Ascending OrderWeightLocationDateAnglerLure/BaitPhoto
blue catfish117 lbs 8 oz Lake Gaston6/11/2016Landon EvansShad

brown bullhead

4 pounds Greenfield Lake, New Hanover County3/14/2016Mitchell McConnell Cut bait

channel catfish

23 lbs 4 oz City Lake in Rocky Mount 9/1/1970E.J. Bowden Shrimp

flathead catfish

78 lbsCape Fear River9/17/2005 Brian Newberger Live eel

white catfish

13 lbs Lake James 5/21/1990 Jerry Wayne BentleyNight crawler

SpeciesSorted By Species In Ascending OrderWeightLocationDateAnglerLure/BaitPhoto

white perch

2 lbs 15 ozFalls of the Neuse Reservoir12/16/2001Bob G. Williams, JrStrata Spoon

yellow perch

2 lbs 9 ozIndiantown Creek2/8/1990Evelyn G. EthridgeMinnow

SpeciesSorted By Species In Ascending OrderWeightLocationDateAnglerLure/BaitPhoto

chain pickerel

8 lbs Gaston Reservoir 2/13/1968John H. Leonard Minnow

redfin pickerel

2 lbs 4 ozGallberry Swamp 6/23/1997Edward C. Davis Minnow

SpeciesSorted By Species In Ascending OrderWeightLocationDateAnglerLure/BaitPhoto

American shad

7 lbs 15 oz Tar River 4/10/1974R.S. ProctorShad dart

hickory shad

4 lbs 1 ozPitchkettle Creek2/22/2004Trey MaroulesSpoon



4lbs 5 ozHenderson County7/27/1967Danny CaseCatalpa worm

green sunfish

1 lb, 15 ozPrivate pond7/12/2014Victoria Navaroli Worm


1 lb 5 ozPrivate pond3/17/1990Douglas N. McCallCricket


1 lb 6 ozTrent River5/21/2003John KoonceEel


1 lb 12 ozBladen Co. Big Swamp5/29/1983Ronald StanleyBeetle spin 

redear (shellcracker)

4 lbs 15 ozEdgecombe County5/19/2008Travis Jacksonworm

spotted sunfish

7.7 ozBig Swamp, Robeson County6/25/2016Elijah CrabtreeGreen beetle spin 


1 lb 13 ozRichmond Co. McLeods Pond5/7/1976Emma SearsMinnow  
SpeciesSorted By Species In Ascending OrderWeightLocationDateAnglerLure/BaitPhoto
rainbow trout20 lbs 3 ozHorsepasture River, Jackson Co.1/28/06Leah JohnsonRapala

brook trout

7 lbs 7 ozRaven Fork River5/15/1980G.L. Marshall, Jr.Rooster tail 

brown trout

24 lbs 10 ozNantahala River4/17/1998Robert Lee Dyer#11 Rapala 


17 lbs 15 ozBlack River6/21/1997Gregory A. Demery, Sr.Cut bait bream

black crappie

4 lbs 15 ozAsheboro City Lake #44/27/1980Dean DixonMinnow 


48 lbsMecklenburg Co. pond3/11/1986 William Houston, Jr.Unknown

freshwater drum

23 lbs 8ozKerr Reservoir3/20/2013Jonathan Wilkersonplastic fluke

Freshwater Drum

grass carp

68 lbs 12 ozSummerlins Pond, Leland6/8/1998David W. StowellRebel Pop R

kokanee salmon

4 pounds, 1 ounceNantahala Lake6/11/2014Jeffery Todd Smith Dodgers and flashers as lures

longnose gar

25 lbsIntracoastal Waterway near Coinjock 1/30/2009Kelly WIlliamstube jig


41 lbs 8 ozLake Adger 1/23/2001Richard W. DoddBig Mack

northern pike

11 lbs 13 ozLake James8/26/1978Keith GilliamStorm Wiggle Wart


5 lbs 15 ozNorman Lake7/25/1971David ShookTopwater Rapala

smallmouth buffalo

88 lbs Lake Wylie11/14/1993Tony Crawford Pack bait

tiger muskellunge

33 lbs 8 ozLake James4/3/1988Gary Dean NanneyBuzzbait


13 lbs 8 ozLake Chatuge (Shooting Cr.) 8/16/1986Lamar L. CoferOld faithful spoon

white crappie

3 lbs 15 ozprivate lake in Wake County04/1/2013Joey BorettiStorm WildEye® Swim Shad lure

NC Freshwater Records

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