Every North Carolina State Fishing Record

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While North Carolina may not be the largest state or have the most lakes — Ohio, for example has over 50,000 lakes and ponds — the Tar Heel State offers some of the best freshwater fishing destinations on the east coast.

From world-class fisheries like Lake Norman to highly-regarded regional spots like Lake Gaston, Kerr Lake, and Lake Wylie, there are plenty of opportunities for anglers in North Carolina to pull impressive, trophy-sized fish.

In 2020, the state has also become a hotbed for catfish. In early July, the state record blue catfish was broken on Lake Gaston. Roughly two weeks later, North Carolina also saw a new state record flathead catfish pulled from Neuse River.

Earlier in the year, 7-year-old Amarion Stockton hauled in a whooper four-pound crappie. While not a state record, it shows that North Carolina is still producing more than just massive bass and catfish.

While the state has seen numerous record changes in recent years — including two blue catfish records in 18 hours back in late 2015 — several have withstood the test of time. The longest-standing current North Carolina state record is the smallmouth bass — a 10 pound, 2 oz whopper caught by Archie Lampkin on the Hiwassee Reservoir in 1951!

List of Every North Carolina State Fishing Record

SpeciesWeightLocationDateAnglerBait Used
warmouth1 lb 13 ozRichmond Co. McLeods Pond1976-05-07Emma SearsMinnow
rock bass1 lb 14 ozDeep River, Carbonton1998-04-29Robert W. LyttonCrappie Jig
flier1 lb 5 ozPrivate pond1990-03-17Douglas N. McCallCricket
pumpkinseed1 lb 6 ozTrent River2003-05-21John KoonceEel
green sunfish1 lb, 15 ozPrivate pond2014-07-12Victoria NavaroliWorm
Smallmouth Bass10 lbs 2 ozHiwassee Reservoir1951-06-01Archie LampkinUnknown
northern pike11 lbs 13 ozLake James1978-08-26Keith GilliamStorm Wiggle Wart
blue catfish121 lbs 9 ozLake Gaston2020-07-06Joey BairdUnknown
white catfish13 lbsLake James1990-05-21Jerry Wayne BentleyNight crawler
walleye13 lbs 8 ozLake Chatuge (Shooting Cr.)1986-08-16Lamar L. CoferOld faithful spoon
largemouth bass15 lbs 14 ozFarm Pond, Union County1991-03-29William H. WoffordCrankbait
bowfin17 lbs 15 ozBlack River1997-06-21Gregory A. Demery, Sr.Cut bait bream
bodie bass (hybrid striped bass)17 lbs 7ozLake Chatuge1996-03-15Michael R. HogsedRebel Jointed Plug
redbreast2 lb 1ozLumber River2019-06-10Alphonso JacksonCricket
Roanoke bass2 lbs 11ozNash County Fishing Creek1994-04-27Richard Elijah EvansSpinner bait
white perch2 lbs 15 ozFalls of the Neuse Reservoir2001-12-16Bob G. Williams, JrStrata Spoon
redfin pickerel2 lbs 4 ozGallberry Swamp1997-06-23Edward C. DavisMinnow
yellow perch2 lbs 9 ozIndiantown Creek1990-02-08Evelyn G. EthridgeMinnow
rainbow trout20 lbs 3 ozHorsepasture River, Jackson Co.2006-01-28Leah JohnsonRapala
channel catfish23 lbs 4 ozCity Lake in Rocky Mount1970-09-01E.J. BowdenShrimp
freshwater drum23 lbs 8ozKerr Reservoir2013-03-20Jonathan Wilkersonplastic fluke
brown trout24 lbs 10 ozNantahala River1998-04-17Robert Lee Dyer#11 Rapala
longnose gar25 lbsIntracoastal Waterway near Coinjock2009-01-30Kelly WIlliamstube jig
white crappie3 lbs 15 ozprivate lake in Wake County2013-04-01Joey BorettiStorm WildEye® Swim Shad lure
tiger muskellunge33 lbs 8 ozLake James1988-04-03Gary Dean NanneyBuzzbait
hickory shad4 lbs 1 ozPitchkettle Creek2004-02-22Trey MaroulesSpoon
redear (shellcracker)4 lbs 15 ozEdgecombe County2008-05-19Travis Jacksonworm
black crappie4 lbs 15 ozAsheboro City Lake #41980-04-27Dean DixonMinnow
brown bullhead4 poundsGreenfield Lake, New Hanover County2016-03-14Mitchell McConnellCut bait
kokanee salmon4 pounds, 1 ounceNantahala Lake2014-06-11Jeffery Todd SmithDodgers and flashers as lures
muskellunge41 lbs 8 ozLake Adger2001-01-23Richard W. DoddBig Mack
carp48 lbsMecklenburg Co. pond1986-03-11William Houston, Jr.Unknown
bluegill4lbs 5 ozHenderson County1967-07-27Danny CaseCatalpa worm
white bass5 lbs 14 ozKerr Reservoir1986-03-15Jim KingBucktail
sauger5 lbs 15 ozNorman Lake1971-07-25David ShookTopwater Rapala
spotted bass6 lbs 5 ozLake Norman2003-12-26Eric M. WeirZoom Finesse Worm
striped bass66 lbsHiwassee Reservoir2012-03-31Tyler Shieldsblack zoom trick worm
grass carp68 lbs 12 ozSummerlins Pond, Leland1998-06-08David W. StowellRebel Pop R
American shad7 lbs 15 ozTar River1974-04-10R.S. ProctorShad dart
brook trout7 lbs 7 ozRaven Fork River1980-05-15G.L. Marshall, Jr.Rooster tail
Spotted sunfish7.7 ozBig Swamp, Robeson County2016-06-25Elijah CrabtreeGreen beetle spin
flathead catfish78.8 lbsNeuse River2020-07-19Tyler BarnesUnknown
chain pickerel8 lbsGaston Reservoir1968-02-13John H. LeonardMinnow
smallmouth buffalo88 lbsLake Wylie1993-11-14Tony CrawfordPack bait

Premier Angler aims to keep all state records up to date. We check with state resource departments several times throughout the year for any updates. If you notice any errors or inaccuracies, however, please let us know in the comments below and we will make the appropriate corrections.

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