The 1980’s and 1990’s produced the great threat of a world record bass being caught on a live crawdad. Lake Casitas and, especially, Lake Castaic produced fish that came ever so close to the 1932 George Perry mark with Castaic kicking out several fish that topped 20 pounds. More recently, the 20-pound mark was broken a second time in Japan–the first being the Manubu Kurita fish that the IGFA recognizes as a co-world record largemouth.

Now California big bass hopefuls are in a tizzy. The great fear is the environmentalist-threatened trout plants that have been a staple throughout the Golden State for decades, and which many anglers feel is critical to big bass growth have been virtually shutdown on most public waters. Which brings us to matter at hand.

For all these concerns, can you still name at least three lake record bass in excess of 20 pounds that were taken in U.S. waters where rainbow trout were not stocked?

(I’ve got some cool Jackall stuff for the one with the best answer.)


8 Responses to “A big bass question (with a prize)”

Montgomery lake, Georgia George Perry (remember him?)
Big Fish Lake, FL 20.125 , Fritz Friebel May 1923
Hodges Ca Gene Dupras 20.25 May 1985

by Derrek Stewart

Rich is correct, beat me to it.

1) 22 pounds, 4 ounces by George Perry at Montgomery Lake Georgia June 2, 1932
2) 20 pounds, 4 ounces by Gene Dupras at Hodges Lake California May 30, 1985
3) 20 pounds, 2 ounces(uncertified) by Fritz Friebel at Big Fish Lake Florida May 1923

All other largemouth bass catches exceeding 20 pounds in the U.S. have been caught in California in lakes that have trout stocking; Castaic Lake, Dixon Lake, Casitas Lake, Miramar Lake.

22 of the top 25 LMB were caught in California. Florida and Georgia are the only others states to make the top 25 with the latest entry of 1961.

by George Kramer

I wrack my brain for a contest idea and you guys have the answer before I finish breakfast.


A winter storm is passing through my neck of the woods. It’s a good day for checking in with George.

Hey George speaking of big bass….where are they this year? Not much chatter. Have you noticed?

by George Kramer

Could it be that “suspect” anglers are being watched more carefully?


Beyond that, for example, my source at Lake Mission Viejo said he got a good look at one in the 24- to 25-pound range that would not go after he got a couple of days of trying, then it disappeared. Nothing is automatic, and the fact that last spring’s elderly, 14- to 16-year olds (those 18 to 21-pounders) may have not made it through the winter in robust health…

Wow George…I don’t know about that but one could infer you mean the big bass hunters are “suspect”.

by George Kramer

I would probably say it this way: The day of rubber-stamping every “incredible” catch is over.