Lake Record Spotted Bass Caught from Lake Purdy

Bo Crawford of Alabaster, Ala. holds the new lake record after catching a 4 pound, 14-ounce spotted bass from Lake Purdy near Birmingham. The fish, weighed on certified scales, was verified by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Fisheries Biologist Graves Lovell. It measured over 21 inches in length, with a girth of nearly 14 inches.

This was the fifth lake record bass accepted by the ADCNRs’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division since the “Alabama Angler Recognition Program” began in January 2007. The program recognizes anglers who catch large sportfish from Alabama waters, and seeks to establish lake records for black bass in all of Alabama’s public reservoirs.  
At the present time, numerous lake record vacancies exist on many of Alabama’s 64 public lakes or reservoirs. 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.