Michigan State Record Smallmouth Bass

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Michigan’s existing state record for smallmouth bass was broken in September by Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Florida. Kraemer’s 9.98-pound, 23.10-inch smallmouth bass was caught with nightcrawlers on the Indian River.

A longtime angler with a cottage in Indian River, Cheboygan County, Kraemer said he’s been fishing Michigan waters since 1965, but this is his first state-record catch.

“I usually spend June through the end of September up here at the cottage,” Kraemer said. “I’ve got some great fish stories and some nice fish, but nothing like this.”

The previous state record for smallmouth bass was set in October 2015 when Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan, landed a 9.33-pound, 24.50-inch fish from Hubbard Lake.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit michigan.gov/fishing.

source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources