The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has just confirmed a new state-record smallmouth bass, breaking a standard that was more than a century old.
Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan. caught the huge bronzeback while casting a green grub at Hubbard Lake in Alcona County.
The record of 9.33 pounds was verified by Kathrin Schrouder, a DNR fisheries biologist in Bay City. The fish was 24.5 inches long.
“This is additional evidence that Michigan truly has world-class bass fisheries,” said Jim Dexter, Department of Natural Resources Fisheries chief. "Smallmouth bass is one of the most popular, most sought-after sportfish in North America. Even though the Michigan state record stood for more than 100 years, we're excited to see the bar set even higher for those who set out to land this iconic fish."
The previous state record for smallmouth bass was set in 1906 with a 9.25-pound, 27.25-inch fish taken from Long Lake in Cheboygan County. Records show this fish was caught by W.F. Shoemaker.
State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state-record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.