California Freshwater Fishing Records


  • Bryan Shishido with a 10.27 pound spotted bass caught on April 21, 2001 at Pine Flat Lake. It holds both the California and IGFA World record for spotted bass. Bryan was fishing an American Bass, Big Valley Region Team Tournament and hooked the winning fish with a 187 Senko made by Gary Yamamoto.


  •        Have you ever caught a big fish and wondered if it is a record? Angling records are broken every year and some never even make it into the books due to minor technicalities. The CDFW requires the following process for an angling record to qualify:



    • - The fish must be legally taken under the provisions of a current, valid California sportfishing license.

    • - The fish must be examined by an employee of CDFW.

    • - The facts regarding the capture must be recorded on a form FG 737A (California Inland Water Angling Record Verification). This form must be signed by a permanent CDFW employee. (In signing this form the employee is conditionally certifying the authenticity of the record.)

    • - Following conditional certification, the new record application must be reviewed and approved by CDFW's Fisheries Branch. In the event of any dispute regarding the authenticity of any application for any reason, the determination of the Fisheries Branch shall be conclusive.

    • - Photographs of the fish are strongly recommended but not necessarily required. Nor do we require that the fish be killed as part of the authentication process. However, the employee signing the form FG 737A should inform the prospective new record holder that in the event of a dispute regarding species, size, or other information related to the legitimacy of the record, the fish may be required for ultimate resolution of the dispute. It is the responsibility of the angler to retain the fish in a condition for possible further examination until the new record has been officially acknowledged.

    California Inland Water Angling Records: Rules and Procedures

    California Inland Water Angling Record Verification Form (FG 737A)
    Species Weight Angler Location Date
    Bass, Largemouth 21 pounds, 12 ounces Mike Arujo Castaic Lake March 5, 1991
    Bass, Smallmouth 9 pounds, 13 ounces Harold Hardin Pardee Reservoir July 3, 2007
    Bass, Spotted 10 pounds, 4 ounces Brian Shishido Pine Flat Lake May 3, 2001
    Bass, Striped 67 pounds, 8 ounces Hank Ferguson O'Neill Forebay May 7, 1992
    Bass, White 5 pounds, 5 ounces Milton Mize Ferguson Lake May 8, 1972
    Bluegill 3 pounds, 14 ounces Michael Holoubek Rancho Murieta Reservoir June 22, 2008
    Catfish, Blue 113 pounds, 5 ounces Steve Oudomsouk San Vicente Reservoir April 27, 2001
    Catfish, Bullhead, Brown 4 pounds, 8 ounces Gary Dittenbir Trinity Lake October 7, 1993
    Catfish, Channel 53 pounds, 8 ounces Randall Gilgert Jr. San Joaquin River September 22, 2008
    Catfish, Flathead 72 pounds, 14 ounces Billy Joe Potter Colorado River April 22, 2003
    Catfish, White 22 pounds, 0 ounces James Robinson Land Park pond March 21, 1994
    Crappie, Black 4 pounds, 1 ounce Wilma Honey New Hogan Lake March 29, 1975
    Crappie, White 4 pounds, 8 ounces Carol Carlton Clear Lake April 26, 1971
    Corvina, Orangemouth 37 pounds, 0 ounces Dick Van Dam Salton Sea July 15, 1988
    Croaker, Sargo 4 pounds, 1 ounce Mike Leonte Salton Sea 1972
    Grayling, Arctic 1 pound, 12 ounces Don Acton Lobdell Lake August 27, 1974
    Minnow, Carp 52 pounds, 0 ounces Lee Bryant Lake Nacimiento April 1968
    Perch, Sacramento 3 pounds, 10 ounces Jack Johnson Crowley Lake May 22, 1979
    Pumpkinseed 1 pound, 0 ounces Dave Smith Mountain Meadows Reservoir August 4, 1998
    Salmon, Chinook 88 pounds, 0 ounces O. Lindberg Sacramento River November 21, 1979
    Salmon, Chinook - Inland 20 pounds, 15 ounces Sally Nachreiner Trinity Lake July 16, 2013
    Salmon, Coho 22 pounds, 0 ounces Milton Hain Paper Mill Creek January 3, 1959
    Salmon, Coho - Inland 8 pounds, 1 ounce Hoshua Giordano Lake Oroville March 3, 2012
    Salmon, Kokanee 5 pounds, 2 ounces William Brush Lake Tahoe July 20, 2013
    Salmon, Pink 8 pounds, 11 ounces Mike Daily Sacramento River September 22, 2001
    Shad, American 7 pounds, 5 ounces Craig Stillwell West Branch of the Feather River May 9, 1985
    Sturgeon, White 468 pounds, 0 ounces Joey Pallotta San Pablo Bay July 9, 1983
    Sunfish, Redear 5 pounds, 3 ounces Anthony White Folsom South Canal June 27, 1994
    Sunfish, Warmouth 0 pounds, 15 ounces Russell Jacobs Hensley Lake May 21, 2004
    Tilapia 6 pounds, 0 ounces Gary Horton Palo Verde Lagoon April 5, 2007
    Trout, Brook 9 pounds, 12 ounces Texas Haynes Silver Lake September 9, 1932
    Trout, Brown 26 pounds, 8 ounces Danny Stearman Twin Lakes April 30, 1987
    Trout, Bull 9 pounds, 11 ounces James McCloud Lake McCloud May 1968
    Trout, Cutthroat - Wild 31 pounds, 8 ounces William Pomin Lake Tahoe 1911
    Trout, Golden 9 pounds, 8 ounces O. Benefield Virginia Lake August 18, 1952
    Trout, Lake 37 pounds, 6 ounces Robert Aronsen Lake Tahoe June 21, 1974
    Trout, Rainbow 27 pounds, 0 ounces Frank Palmer Lake Natoma October 2, 2005
    Trout, Rainbow - Domestic 28 pounds, 5 ounces James Harrold Private lake January 3, 2006
    Trout, Steelhead 27 pounds, 4 ounces Robert Halley Smith River December 22, 1976
    Whitefish, Mountain 3 pounds, 1 ounces Gregg Harris Lake Tahoe January 24, 2004

  • Un-official Records
  • These catches did not make it into the DFW record books for various reasons but are still noteworthy catches.

    Species Weight Angler Location Date
    Bass, Largemouth 22 pounds, .5 ounce Bob Crupi Castaic Lake March 12, 1991
    Salmon, Coho - Inland 10 pounds, 2 ounces Jerry Chapman Lake Oroville December, 2005

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