Ever caught a really big fish and wondered if it might be a record? You can now check on your phone from right there on the water.
GON‘s official Lake & River Records, which include records for various species of fish for all of Georgia’s major bodies of water, are now available online.
Bill Brantley, pictured here, broke a 22-year-old Lake Oconee record for largemouth bass on May 14, 2012 with a 12-lb., 14-oz. giant. After verification and a certified weight, the giant bass was released alive off the end of Bill’s dock on Oconee.
Each Georgia lake and river now has its own page that includes official records, along with archived articles. To see the records, click here, or you can navigate to the pages under the Fishing tab from the gon.com home page.
Catch A Lake or River Record? Requirements For Record Fish
• Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with state game and fish regulations.
• Catch must be weighed on accurate Georgia DOA certified scales with at least two witnesses present.
• Witnesses to the weighing must be older than 18 years old, and they must not be members of the angler’s immediate family nor have a close personal relationship with the angler.
• In many instances where species could possibly be in question, the catch must be positively identified by qualified fisheries biologists.
If you catch a potential record fish, make sure to call GON at 800.438.4663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GON’s records are compiled and maintained by GON, to be awarded at GON’s discretion. Additional steps may be required for record consideration.