IGFA Makes Adjustments for Bass Records BassFan

IGFA Makes Adjustments for Bass Records BassFan

IGFA Updates Bass Record Categories Based on New Science

IGFA Updates Bass Record Categories Based on New Science

As a global leader in the promotion of game fish research and ethical, responsible angling practices, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced significant updates to bass record categories based on the latest scientific findings.

New Scientific Findings

In February 2024, IGFA staff and biologist Dr. Andrew Taylor from the University of North Georgia co-authored an article in the American Fisheries Society journal Fisheries titled “Updating Angling Records to Advance Sport Fish Conservation: A Case Study of IGFA’s Black Bass World Records.” This study reviewed the current science related to black bass genetics and updated IGFA record-keeping for this important species group.

The study highlighted several key findings, particularly concerning the spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) and its close relative, the Alabama bass (Micropterus henshalli). The researchers confirmed that many records previously attributed to spotted bass were, in fact, Alabama bass. Consequently, the IGFA has corrected these records to reflect accurate species identification.

Additionally, the study revealed the differences between the Florida bass (Micropterus salmoides) and the largemouth bass (Micropterus nigricans), species that were often indistinguishable without genetic testing.

Adjustments to Record Categories

Given the new scientific findings, the IGFA has made the following adjustments to record categories:

Florida Bass Eligibility

Effective immediately, Florida bass (Micropterus salmoides) are eligible for line class, tippet class, junior, and length records under the category: “bass, largemouth (Micropterus nigricans/salmoides)”. Genetic testing will not be required for submissions in this category.

Largemouth Bass All-Tackle Record

While the standing All-Tackle Record for largemouth bass (Micropterus nigricans) will remain unchanged, any new All-Tackle record submissions for these species will require genetic verification. Because the genetic testing process varies by region, anglers interested in submitting a potential world record should contact their corresponding local agency for additional information.

Dedication to Science and Conservation

“These updates are a testament to the IGFA’s ongoing dedication to science and conservation,” said IGFA President Jason Schratwieser. “By ensuring IGFA World Records reflect the most accurate scientific data available, we not only honor the integrity of our sport but also promote the conservation of these diverse species and the habitats they call home.”


The IGFA’s dedication to scientific research and responsible angling practices is a testament to its commitment to the sport of fishing and the preservation of our natural resources. With these new adjustments to its record categories, the IGFA is promoting more accurate scientific data and conservation efforts for bass species around the globe.

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