44 New Fish Added To GON’s Record List

Brad Gill | January 31, 2023

Since last February’s printing of GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list, we’ve added 44 fish, up from the 33 fish we added in February 2022 and 31 fish that were added in February 2021.

GON’s exclusive list is always available at You never need to wonder if you have a possible record fish or not. From the boat or bank, you can simply visit to see if your fish is in the ballpark. From there, you’ll need to follow the steps at the end of this article. Below is a collection of some photos of the fish caught during 2022.

Rachel Harrison with her Georgia state-record longnose gar caught March 19 on the Coosa River.

Timmy Woods with the new state record hickory shad caught from the Ogeechee River on Feb. 20. It weighed 2-lbs, 10-ozs.

The Satilla River gave up the new state-record redbreast. The angler was Lane Robert, and his rooster red weighed 1-lb., 12.32-ozs.

Layne Williams with a 9-lb., 10-oz. bowfin caught from the Satilla River on May 1.

Lake Oconee got its first-ever spotted bass record, caught by Austin Skinner on March 19. The fish weighed 5-lbs., 3.2-ozs.

John Burnett with a Lake Oconee flathead that weighed 52 1/2 pounds. He caught the new record on April 23.

Jerrimie Tolbert with his 61-lb. West Point blue catfish caught on Oct. 22. The new lake record will certainly be a tough one to break.

James Moore had never caught a chain pickerel until he pulled this one from the Savannah River. It turned out to be the the new river record.

Dale Williams with the new Ohoopee River record bluegill.

Clarks Hill got a new spotted bass record. It weighed 4-lbs., 11.8-ozs. and was caught by Riley Hale on March 19.

Brandon Watts said he wasn’t prepared for the new Oconee River blue catfish record to bite, but even on light tackle, he was able to get it in the boat.

Lake Allatoona had two brand-new crappie records in 2022. Here’s the white crappie, caught by Cody Hopkins on Feb. 10. The slab went 3-lbs., 4.24-ozs.


That’s a slab! The black crappie was caught by Corey Harmon on Lake Allatoona on March 5. It weighed 3-lbs., 7.36-ozs.


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Requirements For Record Fish

• Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with WRD 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 at least 18 years old, and they must not be members of the angler’s immediate family nor have a close personal relationship with the angler.

• Catch must be positively identified by qualified DNR personnel. GON can correspond with DNR when high quality, multiple photos are taken of the fish and emailed to GON. All record submissions and photos must be sent to [email protected].

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