Michigan Smallmouth Bass Record Broken

Michigan Smallmouth Bass Record Broken

Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan, recently set a new state-record catch for smallmouth bass with a fish he caught Sunday on Hubbard Lake in Alcona County. (Photo via Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

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 Michigan smallmouth bass record here getting measured awaiting the once-in-a-lifetime news. Photo: 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.

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