Class B State Fishing Record Set For Smallmouth Buffalo

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed a second state fishing record in the month April for Class B (method other than rod and reel) which came for a smallmouth buffalo.

Reece and Jonathon Bledsoe (both of Lobelville) took the fish by archery on Kentucky Lake in early April. The smallmouth buffalo weighed 68 pounds, eight ounces and was 51 inches long. The new record fish surpasses the previous record of 64 pounds set in 2003, which also came on Kentucky Lake.

A new state Class B record was also set for the spotted gar in April. The spotted gar was taken by archery and came at Reelfoot Lake.

The criteria to be considered for a state record fish along with the new record application and instructions, state records and fishing license information are in the 2013 TWRA Tennessee Fishing Guide. Information is also available on the TWRA website at  by clicking on “Fishing” located on the left side of the home page.

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