top 25 largemouth bass

Manabu Kurita displays the largest bass ever caught - A 22 pound, 5 ounce beast taken from Biwa Lake in Japan. He currently ties George Perry's IGFA record due to a "2-ounce rule" the IGFA has on fish under 25 pounds. Will the next world record come from Japan? No one knows for sure but Lake Biwa is said to have "schools" of 20+ pound bass that gorge themselves on the carp population there.
No. Weight Angler Location Date
1 22 pounds, 5 ounces Manabu Kurita Biwa Lake - Japan July, 2009
2 22 pounds, 4 ounces George Perry Montgomery Lake - Georgia June 2, 1932
3 22 pounds, .5 ounce Bob Crupi Castaic Lake - California March 12, 1991
4 21 pounds, 12 ounces Mike Arujo Castaic Lake - California March 5, 1991
5 21 pounds, 11.2 ounces Jed Dickerson Dixon Lake - California May 31, 2003
6 21 pounds, 3.5 ounces Raymond Easley Casitas Lake - California March 4, 1980
7 21 pounds, .5 ounce Bob Crupi Castaic Lake - California March 9, 1990
8 20 pounds, 15 ounces David Zimmerlee Miramar Lake - California June 23, 1973
9 20 pounds, 14 ounces Leo Torres Castaic Lake - California February 4, 1990
10 20 pounds, 12 ounces Mike Long Dixon Lake - California April 27, 2001
11 20 pounds, 4 ounces Johnny Garduno Miramar Lake - California March 25, 1990
12 20 pounds, 4 ounces Gene Dupras Hodges Lake - California May 30, 1985
13 20 pounds, 2 ounces Fritz Friebel Big Fish Lake - Florida May, 1923
14 19 pounds, 10 ounces George Coniglio Lake Mission Viejo - California March 21, 2006
15 19 pounds, 8 ounces Mac Weakley Dixon Lake - California May, 2003
16 19 pounds, 8 ounces Randy Crabtree Casitas Lake - California April 9, 2002
17 19 pounds, 8 ounces Mark Balloid Castaic Lake - California May 28, 1990
18 19 pounds, 8 ounces Keith Gunsauls Miramar Lake - California March 7, 1988
19 19 pounds, 4 ounces Chris Brandt Miramar Lake - California March 22, 1998
20 19 pounds, 3 ounces Ardon Hanline Morena Lake - California February 17, 1987
21 19 pounds, 3 ounces Steve Beasley Lake Wohlford - California February 3, 1986
22 19 pounds, 2 ounces Kazuya Shimada Lake Ikehara - Japan April 22, 2003
23 19 pounds, 1 ounce Bruce Knutsen Lake Baccarac - Mexico January 17 1993
24 19 pounds, 1 ounce Sandy DeFresco Miramar Lake - California March 14, 1988
25 19 pounds, .5 ounce Dan Kadota Castaic Lake - California January 8, 1989

Interesting Facts:

20 of the top 25 LMB were taken in California.

20 of the top 25 LMB were taken from February through May.

1 angler - Bob Crupi, has more than one entry on the top 25 list.

Castaic Lake in Southern California produced 6 of the top 25 LMB.

Miramar Lake in Southern California produced 4 of the top 25 LMB.

All except one (Hodges) of the California Lakes in the top 25 list are heavily stocked with rainbow trout.


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