The bluegill had a girth of 18 1/4 inches, and was 15 inches in length.

A 22-4 record equal caught in Japan was taken on a live bluegill in 2009, but the angler has not gotten the accolades he might have if the catch had come in U.S. waters. Alabama may have a better than average chance of someday producing a record crappie, if not a record bluegill.

Because of the sponsorship possibilities in the high-dollar world of bass tackle, many have speculated a new largemouth record might be worth up to a million dollars if caught by an angler who knew how to take advantage of the market. The current issue of World Fishing Network's online blog includes a story by Keith Sutton on the world record bluegills that have been caught from a tiny Alabama lake on the north side of Birmingham, Ketona. Most of the near misses, including some that were just ounces away, have come from deep, clear California lakes stocked with Florida strain bass that have gotten huge feeding on stocked rainbow trout. All rights reserved (About Us). 5-pound 12.8-ounce World Record Sunfish Part of fishing's allure is the fact you never really know for sure what's lurking beneath the surface. Updated Mar 06, 2019; Posted Jul 01, 2018. Enid Lake, Mississippi, which produced the all-tackle white crappie of 5 pounds, 3 ounces in 1957, is about the same latitude as Lake Weiss, Alabama's best-known crappie lake. Lake Biwa, Japan.

The odds there's another record bluegill in Ketona are probably very low--no new winners in almost 70 years--but someday, somewhere, the combination that produced the Ketona giants will probably produce another record, particularly now that several commercial hatchery operations are breeding "super bream" bred to grow exceptionally fast, somewhat like the Florida strain of largemouth bass. The previous all-tackle, world-record bluegill weighed only 2 pounds, 8 ounces – just a little over half as big as McKenzie’s fish. Hudson made the record-setting catch on April 9, 1950, at Ketona Lake near Tarrant, Alabama. T.S. Last but not least, the lake was private, with minimal fishing pressure, and the water is very clear. However, Perry's sole ownership of this most prestigious record came to an end on July 2, 2009 when Japanese angler Manabu Kurita pulled his own 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth from Lake Biwa in central Japan, after it ate a live bluegill that he had on for bait.. A sleeper in the crappie race might be Lewis Smith Lake, a deep and very clear lake near Jasper, which gets very little crappie fishing pressure but which is loaded with shad and herring. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Alabama has plenty of big bluegills like this one, but probably none that match the 4 pound, 12-ounce world record caught from Lake Ketona near Birmingham in 1950. Of course, the holy grail of records is the largemouth bass, which has stood at 22 pounds, 4 ounces since 1932. Biologists theorize the lake has turned out the unusually large panfish because it's deep and clear, without much shoreline cover, which means the bass in the lake can easily eat most of the smaller bream and keep the population from "stunting" or staying small because there's not enough food. You can search all IGFA World Records for freshwater and saltwater fishes in All-TackleLine Class, All-Tackle Length for male, female and junior anglers. The IGFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish. Jul 21, 2013 - Your complete resource for Chicago fishing reports and information.

Low fishing pressure and clear water making it hard to catch the fish allowed a few to live a long time and grow exceptionally large. The 18 acre lake, a former mine dredge hole, has produced not one but two world record bluegills over the years, including the current record of 4 pounds, 12 ounces, caught in 1950. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC.

In any event, the odds that any of us will land an all-tackle anything are mighty slim, but for avid anglers it's always interesting to think "what if". Weiss is noted for producing a lot of nice crappie, but not necessarily the true giants, maybe because it gets so much fishing pressure. The Hudson Hawg It didn’t take long for word to get out about McKenzie’s record catch, and more folks went to the Ketona Lake to try their luck. Manabu Kurita. The state record for black crappie is 4 pounds, 5 ounces, and there have been three of that size caught since 1997, one in a private Jefferson County pond, one at Fort Payne Reservoir and one from Paint Creek. And, the lake has a chemistry that allows lots of small creatures to thrive as bluegill food, so those that survive have plenty to eat. And for white crappie, a 4-pound, 8-ounce fish was caught from Lake Guntersville in 1974, a 4-9 from Lake Martin in 2000. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. It happened to James Bramlett of Dora in 1987, when he cranked in a 69-pound, 9 ounce barrel of a striped bass from Bankhead Reservoir that not only set the state record but was confirmed as a world record for landlocked striped bass. Fishing World Records. No world records, but not that far from the IGFA record of 5 pounds even, caught in a private lake in Missouri in 2006. The record catch for a bluegill weighed 4 pounds 12 ounces. Alabama is probably not in the running for that record--largest ever here was the 16-8 caught from Mountain View Lake in Shelby County in 1987.

The lake is not a great crappie lake, but it has some of the characteristics that have produced giant panfish elsewhere. In search of record fish in Alabama. Search for the biggest fish in the International Game Fish Association's database of biggest fish for each species. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.

Even when you're merely angling for a few sunfish for supper, there's always the possibility that a world-class catch may swim your way. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Although it occurred halfway around the world from where Perry's fish was landed, news of …

Use the search form above to find fishing world records for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and more. The fish was a true bruiser for its kind, 15 inches long with a girth of 18.25 inches according to the International Gamefish Association, the official record-keeper located in Fort Lauderdale.