Man, there have been some BIG stripers showing up join the radar lately, including this massive 66.9 pounder caught recently by Alvin Vang of Clovis, CA. He was fishing San Luis Reservoir off the bank with a white Fluke from the Romero Visitor Center.
While big enough to swallow dogs and small humans, this fish actually fell shy of the California state record 67.8 pounder, which was caught in 1992 from neighboring O’Neill Forebay by Hank Ferguson of Soquel, CA.
Not to be outdone, the great state of Missouri – Bull Shoals Reservoir to be exact – just pumped out this new state record 65-pound, 2-ounce striped bass to Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway Beach, Mo. Hillman was fishing alone at night with a 6-inch live minnow near Powersite Dam when the leviathan hit.
So, just where do these two fish rank on the all-time striper leader board? Well, the official IGFA All Tackle World Record for the species is an ocean fish caught off Connecticut in 2011 that weighed 81 pounds, 14 ounces.
The two fish above are certainly in the top 10 and more likely, the top 5 all time taken in freshwater lakes. The current freshwater striped bass record is a 69 pound, 9 ounce fish caught in Alabama in 2013.