World Record Gamefish Comparison: Trout, Salmon, and Bass

This is a infographic I made depicting the size difference between world record catches of some popular game fish. It’s nice to be able to visualize the difference in size by seeing them side by side. I realize there’s lots of fish missing from this comparison like Lake trout, Pike among many others. I may do another comparison in the future with the species I’ve missed. When your looking at this list, remember that even the smallest fish listed here are truly massive fish.

World record game fish compared. Created by the Smallmouth bass micropterus dolomieu caught on: bomber lure. Caught by david hayes july 9, 1955 Dale Hollow Lake, tennessee, usa. Largemouth Bass micropterus salmoides caught on: fintail shiner lure caught by george W. Perry June 2, 1932 Montgomery Lake, Georgia USA. Brook Trout salvelinus fontinalis caught on a minnow. Caught by Dr. John W. Cook, 1916 Nipigon, Ontario, Canada. Cutthroat trout oncorhynchus clarki caught on: unknown, caught by john skimmerhorn, december, 1925. Pyramid lake, nevada, USA. Rainbow trout oncorhynchus mykiss. Caught on mepps syclops caught by adam konrad june 6, 2007 lake diefenbaker saskatoon, canada. Brown Trout, salmo trutta caught on 1/32oz green marabou jig. Caught by howard collins may 9, 1992. little red river, heber springs arkansas, USA. Artic Char salvelinus alpinus. Caught on bass buster jig, caught by jeffrey ward. July 30, 1981. Tree river northwest territories Canada. Coho salmon oncorhynchus kisutch caught on luhr jensen egg by jerry lifton september 27, 1989. salmon river new york, usa. Atlantic Salmon salmo salar caught by henrik H. Henriksen tana river Norway caught on unknown. Striped bass morone saxatilus caught on rebel swimming plug 5 1/2 inch. Caught by albert mcreynolds september 21, 1982. vermont avenue jetty new jersey, USA. Chinook Salmon oncorhynchus tshawytscha caught less anderson may 17, 1985 in kenai river alaska, usa. Caught on spin n' glo size comparison average farmed atlantix salmon sources live eel The fish was fooled with a 5-1/4-inch Bonito-colored Rapala X-Rap Jointed


The silhouettes are from images of the actual record breaking fish (where possible, obviously not with some of the older records), not just generic silhouettes of the species.

It was brought to my attention that the Largemouth bass record has been beaten on July 2nd, 2009 by Manabu Kurita’s Largemouth bass in Lake Biwa, Japan. My understanding is that since the fish did not beat the previous record by at least 2 ounces that it is considered a tie for the record. This new tie for the world record largemouth bass was caught on a live bluegill.

Link to the sources.

Field & Stream, Feb 1999, pg.60

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