As far as most bass fishermen are concerned, the number to beat is 22 pounds, 4 ounces. To smallmouth bass fishermen, it is 11-15.
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.
A list of the top 25 all-time heaviest smallmouth bass.
Here is the tale of a California trophy hunter who went to extremes to catch a bass he thought would be the next world record
When it comes to fish tales, there are none greater than these. Here are angling's most famous bass, and their stories
When David Hayes caught his 11-pound, 15-ounce brown bass from Dale Hollow Lake in 1955, he knew it was bigger than any smallmouth he had ever seen before.
Watch as the record setting bass is returned to the water.
Watch as this bucketmouth weighs in at over 19 pounds.
If the new world record smallmouth bass looks a lot like the old world record smallmouth bass, there's a reason for that. It's the same fish.