Every Arizona State Fishing Record

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Arizona is, in many ways, a curious state.

For those unfamiliar with the American southwest, one would likely except the entire state to be hot, arid, and desert-like. In certain parts of Arizona, this is certainly true. What is often overlooked, however, is that Arizona also contains numerous fishing spots at high elevation.

This benefits anglers who are looking to fish for species like walleye, trout, and northern pike (which all tend to gravitate toward cooler temperatures).

That said, sites like Lake Havasu and Lake Alama State Parks offer some of Arizona’s best bass fishing. Lake Mead and Roosevelt Lake are also popular spots that offer a diverse and plentiful fishing experience.

List of Every Arizona State Fishing Record

Bass, Hybrid Striped
2 lb. 13.76 oz.
18.5 in.
Lake Pleasant
Ray Gilmore, Peoria
10/29/13
Bass, Largemouth
16 lb. 7.68 oz.
28.0 in.
Canyon Lake
Randall E. White, Mesa
4/22/97
Bass, Rock
0 lb. 12.96 oz.
10.25 in.
Upper Verde River
Eric Woolsey, Cottonwood
4/6/06
Bass, Smallmouth
7 lb. 0.96 oz.
22.75 in.
Roosevelt Lake
Dennis K. Barnhill, Mesa
3/18/88
Bass, Striped
29 lb. 13.76 oz.
45.25 in.
Lake Pleasant
Bob Liddington, Phoenix
7/13/10
Bass, White
4 lb. 11.7 oz.
19.5 in.
Upper Lake Pleasant
David Amburgey, Peoria
1972
Bass, Yellow
1 lb. 15.8 oz.
11.25 in.
Upper Lake Mary
Glenn D. Davis III, Flagstaff
5/19/95
Bluegill
3 lb. 15.68 oz.
15.75 in.
Goldwater Lake
Christopher Ray Mapes, Prescott Valley
5/2/04
Buffalo, Bigmouth
36 lb. 6 oz.
38.5 in.
Roosevelt Lake
Leon Steward, Payson
3/14/95
Buffalo, Black
35 lb. 6.72 oz.
40.5 in.
Canyon Lake
David Hoenshell, Mesa
5/24/95
Buffalo, Smallmouth
42 lb. 13.76 oz.
38 in.
Apache Lake
Gary Becko, Rimrock
2/20/15
Bullhead, Black
2 lb. 6.1 oz.
16.5 in.
Parker Canyon Lake
Mikki St. George, Sierra Vista
9/9/02
Bullhead, Yellow
4 lb. 8.1 oz.
17.75 in.
Mormon Lake
Patricia Simmon, Phoenix
7/15/89
Carp
37 lb. 0.0 oz.
40.0 in.
Bartlett Lake
Jonathan Gardner, Phoenix
8/8/87
Catfish, Channel
33 lb., 5.76 oz.
39.5 in.
Upper Lake Mary
Carson Pete
3/26/17
Catfish, Flathead
76 lb. 8.64 oz.
53.5 in.
Bartlett Lake
Eddie Wilcoxson, Surprise
04/13/13
Crappie, Black
4 lb. 10.0 oz.
San Carlos Lake
John Shadrick, Mammoth
1959
Crappie, White
3 lb. 5.28 oz.
16.75 in.
Lake Pleasant
Robert Schnell, Glendale
2/22/82
Grayling, Arctic
1 lb. 9.76 oz.
14.65 in.
Lee Valley Lake
Glenn D. Davis III, Flagstaff
7/10/95
Northern Pike
32 lb. 5.6 oz.
49 in.
Ashurst Lake
Ronald Needs, Flagstaff
11/5/04
Roundtail Chub
3 lb. 14.9 oz.
18.5 in.
Lower Salt River
Richard L. Walton, Chandler
3/3/84
Striped Mullet
5 lb. 2.24 oz.
23.75 in.
Fortuna Pond
Robert Bayles, Yuma
4/24/04
Sucker, Desert
2 lb. 10.75 oz.
18.0 in.
Verde River
Edith Toney, Mesa
9/20/92

Sucker, Sonora
5 lb. 6.4 oz.
20.25. in.
Evelyn Hallman Lake
Jay Nochta, Phoenix
12/1/96

Sunfish, Green
1 lb. 9 oz.
11.0 in.
Parker Canyon Lake
Paul Bennett, Sierra Vista
7/27/96

Sunfish, Hybrid*
2 lb. 2.22 oz.
12.5 in.
Patagonia Lake
Mikey Alan Porter, Tucson
6/5/98

Sunfish, Redear
3 lb. 9.0 oz.
14.5 in.
Goldwater Lake
Jay Adkins, Prescott
8/12/93

Tilapia
7 lb. 8.8 oz.
20.0 in.
Saguaro Lake
Tim Alan Schoenecker, Gilbert
3/31/02

Trout, Apache
5 lb. 15.5 oz.
24.0 in.
Hurricane Lake
Lyle Hemphill, Lakeside
6/10/93

Trout, Brook
4 lb. 15.2 oz.
20.5 in.
Sunrise Lake
Marshall Gregg, Whiteriver
10/20/95

Trout, Brown
22 lb. 14.5 oz.
36.0 in.
Reservation Lak
Bryce Sisson, Prescott
8/6/99

Trout, Cutthroat
6 lb. 5.0 oz.
22.3 in.
Luna Lake
Eric James Walter, Tucson
10/76

Trout, Gila
5 lb. 1.92 oz.
Goldwater Lake
David Worsham, Avondale
6/2/18

Trout, Rainbow
15 lb. 9.12 oz.
32.5 in.
Willow Springs Lake
Harold Wright, Sun City
9/29/06

Trout, Tiger
1 lb. 12.76 oz.
Woods Canyon Lake
Gregg P. Smith, Payson
11/5/18

Walleye
16 lb. 1.76 oz.
31 in.
Show Low Lake
Gregg Munck, Show Low
11/18/02

White Amur (Trip.)
47 lb. 1.6 oz.
46.5 in.
Encanto Park Lake
Kevin A. Baylor Jr., Phoenix
7/12/02

Yellow Perch
1 lb. 10.0 oz.
13.5 in.
Stoneman Lake
Art Ellico, Kingman
3/21/84

A note on the accuracy of Arizona fishing state record lists

When it comes to Arizona state fishing records, finding accurate information via web search can be also as elusive as these record fish themselves.

The Premier Angler team takes tremendous pride in thoroughly researching our information before sharing it online. That said, we are human and sometimes we get the facts wrong. Not often, but it can happen…

With that in mind, so do many other fishing websites on the web.

When performing a Google search for “Arizona State Fishing Records,” for instance, you may be directed to websites with information that is nearly a decade out of date.

Fortunately, we have cross-referenced our data with that of the Arizona Game and Fish Department to ensure accuracy. As of October 10, 2019, please note that all state record fish (for hook-and-line, inland waters) are accurate. Please visit the aforementioned website for catch-and-release and other records.

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