17 New Georgia Lake And River Record Fish

2018 was a good year for new record fish in GON's Lake & River Records.

Brad Gill | January 30, 2019

Since last February’s printing of GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list, we’ve added 17 fish to the list. That’s quite a few new record fish, although it’s down from the 21 fish we added the previous year. 

The big news is that all of GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records are now online and kept up to date throughout the year.

Simply go to 

Each Georgia lake and river has it’s own page with a list of official records, many of which include articles and photos about the record fish.







Steve Phillips, of Douglas, used a swimbait to catch the new Blackshear striped bass record. The lineside weighed 35-lbs., 1.6-ozs.


This rainbow came from Lake Burton and was caught by Darryl Stephens, of Brooks, on July 12. The fish weighed 5 1/2 pounds and tied the existing lake record. The full story is at


This 51-lb., 14-oz. record blue cat from Lake Sinclair may just hold for a while. The angler was Jeffery Goodman (left), and his full story is at


Lake Yonah has a new largemouth record, this 6-lb., 11-oz. fish caught by Trent Thomason. The full story is at


Joe Frank Harris, Jr., of Cartersville, was spending a late-summer evening on the Etowah River on Aug. 21 when he successfully boated a 33-lb. striper and became the river’s new record holder. The full story is at


Jeff Payne broke a pair of records in 2018 on Rabun. Here he is with his new spotted bass record. The full story is at


Brittany Raper, of Farner, Tenn., caught this flathead catfish weighing 29-lbs., 8-ozs. while fishing on the Etowah River in Bartow County. She’s the new record holder. The full story is at


Here’s the new Etowah River longnose gar record, which weighed 19-lbs., 4.64-ozs. and was caught by Kyle Williams. The full story is


Larry Linker broke his own Satilla flathead record with this 45-lb., 15-oz. cat caught Oct. 10. The full story is at

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