Michigan Smallmouth Bass Record Broken
October 21, 2015
The smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) goes by many nicknames — smallie, bronzeback, brownie, and brown bass, to name a few. Many anglers go their whole lives and don't ever hook into one of true, trophy-caliber size, but for one Michigan angler, that just isn't the case anymore. By a long shot.
On Sunday, Oct. 18, Greg Gasiciel hooked and landed, what is now the new Michigan smallmouth bass record taken on a rod and reel.
"Gasiciel was bait-casting with a green grub when he landed a 9.33-pound, 24.50-inch smallmouth bass record," the state said in a release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
"The previous state record for smallmouth bass was set back in 1906 with a 9.25-pound, 27.25-inch fish taken from Long Lake in Cheboygan County," the Michigan DNR said.
The smallmouth bass record in Michigan has stood since 1906. What a dream-come-true and outstanding accomplishment for a dedicated angler.
In Michigan, fish records are set by weight, not length and before your catch can be declared a new record, it needs to be verified by DNR staff.