Bassmaster Top 25 Smallmouth Bass

The list below is a work in progress. The catches on the lists are accurate and authentic as far as we have been able to determine. We are aware, however, that other legitimate catches have been made that deserve to be on this list. For that, we want and need your help. If you are aware of a catch that warrants consideration, please submit it to kduke@bassmaster.com or mail your entry to Ken Duke, Senior Editor, B.A.S.S. Publications, 1170 Celebration Boulevard, Celebration, FL 34747.

Be aware that we'll want something more than a claimed weight and a fuzzy photo. Entries should include the exact weight of the bass, the name of the angler and contact information, date of the catch, location of the catch, names and contact information for any witnesses to the catch and weighing of the fish and one or more photos of the catch and angler. B.A.S.S. will give serious consideration to any applicant.

The Top 25 Smallmouth Bass of All Time

RANK WEIGHT ANGLER WATER LOCATION DATE
1 11.9375 David L. Hayes Dale Hollow Lake Kentucky 7/9/1955
2 10.875 John T. Gorman Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 4/24/1969
3 10.5 Paul E. Beal Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 4/14/1986
3 10.5 Owen F. Smith Wheeler Dam tailwater Alabama 10/8/1950
5 10.125 Archie Lampkin Hiwassee Reservoir North Carolina 6/1/1951
6 10.0625 Billy Westmorland Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 3/17/1972
7 10 Billy Westmorland Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 3/29/1970
8 9.8438 Andy Anderson Birch Lake Ontario ?/?/1954
9 9.8125 Willis E. Spear Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 9/9/1951
9 9.8125 Harold Hardin Pardee Reservoir California 7/3/2007
11 9.75 David Lindsay South Branch West Virginia ?/?/1971
12 9.7188 Dan Steigers Dworshak Reservoir Idaho 10/28/2006
13 9.6563 M.H. Groom Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 3/17/1951
14 9.625 Mike Curry Pickwick Lake Tennessee 4/?/1989
15 9.5 R.T. Ballard Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 9/28/1953
15 9.5 Randy VanDam Lake Erie Ohio 6/16/1993
17 9.4375 Sam Woodroof Center Hill Lake Tennessee 2/4/1968
18 9.375 Terry Dodson Lake Jocassee South Carolina 5/3/2001
19 9.3125 Billy Westmorland Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee n/a
20 9.25 W.F. Shoemaker Long Lake Michigan ?/?/1906
21 9.1875 Thomas L. Cecil Dale Hollow Lake Tennessee 2/4/1953
22 9.0625 Tim Brady Clair Engle Lake California 3/20/1976
22 9.0625 Leon Stefoneck Indian Lake Wisconsin 6/21/1950
22 9.0625 William Muir West Rutland Massachusetts ?/?/1925
25 9 George Tennyson Friends Lake New York ?/?/1925
25 9 Eric E. Chambers Tellico Lake Tennessee 4/22/1991
25 9 David Lane Center Hill Lake Tennessee 3/23/2003

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