Lake Record Largemouth Bass Caught from Smith Lake

Contact: Damon Abernethy, 334-353-0270
At approximately 6:30 on the evening of April 16, 2007, Gary Guthrie of Jasper, Ala. caught a 10-pound,  4-ounce largemouth bass from the Sipsey Creek arm of Smith Lake. The fish was weighed on certified scales at the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division District 1 office in Tanner, Ala., and was verified by fisheries biologist Keith Floyd. The bass measured 26.1 inches in length with a girth of 19 inches.
This was the first bass accepted by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division for lake record consideration as part of the Alabama Angler Recognition Program. The first goal of the new program is to help promote fishing by recognizing anglers who catch large or trophy-sized sportfish from Alabama waters. Secondly, it will provide Fisheries Section biologists with valuable catch information for following fishery trends in the reservoirs they manage. The third objective is to establish a system for maintaining lake records for many of Alabama’s sportfish species including species of black bass. Finally, it will allow anglers an opportunity to have their catch information compiled, analyzed, and reported to them.
 At the present time, only eight of the 64 public lakes or reservoirs in Alabama have established lake records to help them discover when, where, and on what types of lures big fish are caught. To learn more about the Alabama Angler Recognition Program and to view current lake records, visit
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit