Historic Markers Across Georgia

World Record Bass

Marker ID: GHM 134-4
Location: Ga 117 4 miles east of Jacksonville
County: Telfair
Coordinates: N 31° 49.409    W 082° 54.517
  31.82347809    -82.90860905
Style: Free Standing **
Status: The marking is missing.
Waymark: None
World Record Bass Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Approximately two miles from this spot, on June 2, 1932, George W. Perry, a 19-year old farm boy, caught was to become America`s most famous fish. The twenty-two pound four ounce largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoldes) exceeded the existing record by more than two pounds has has retained the world record for more than fifty years. Perry and his friend, J.E. Page, were fishing in Montgomery Lake, a slough off the Ocmulgee River, not for trophies but to bring food to the table during those days of the great depression. The fish was caught on a Creek Chub Perch Scale Wigglefish, Perry`s only lure, and was 32 1/2 inches in length and 28 1/2 inches in girth. The weight and measurements were taken, recorded and notarized in Helena, Georgia and Perry`s only reward was seventy-five dollars in merchandise as first prize in Field and Stream Magazine`s fishing contest. The longstanding record is one of the reasons that the largemouth bass was made Georgia`s Official State Fish. Montgomery Lake is today part of the Department of natural Resources` Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area.