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20-Year-Old Largemouth Bass State Record Broken

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As the old adage goes, records were made to be broken

On April 29th, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks posted on Facebook that the state’s largemouth bass record had been broken.

The new record catch was caught by Matthew Dunham on Indian Scout Lake. His record catch weighed in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces. It measured 23 inches in length was a girth of 19 and 7/8 inches.

Dunham’s catch unseats the previous South Dakota state record largemouth bass. The previous record was caught by Richard Viereck on November 14, 1999 at Hudson Gravel Pit.

While the new record is considerably lighter than those found in other warmer sections of the United States, it is still certainly a impressive catch for the area.

For comparison, however, it is not entirely uncommon for anglers in states like Texas, Oklahoma, California and Florida to catch larger bass numerous times each year. As of this writing, only Alaska, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana have smaller state record largemouth bass.

Georgia, on the other hand, has a record of 22 pounds, 4 ounces.

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