The records rules page is for the national records
- Bass must be caught since becoming a member of RiverBassin.com. Therefore, everyone is on equal ground!
- Bass must be caught on artificial lures with either conventional or fly tackle - no live bait.
They must be caught in a river
Our Definition of “river/creek/stream/etc”:
- In addition to “Water must flow in, and water must flow out of the area”, it must meet 2 out of 3 of these requirements.
- Is it natural?
- Does it have a perceivable current?
- Is it within its normal banks? In other words not extending into the forest due to a man-made dam downstream.
- A river overflowing with rainwater meets 1 and 2. A low head dam “lake” meets 2 and 3 as long as the river is not inundated beyond its natural banks. A channelized (canaled) river meets 2 and 3. A swamp country bayou meets 1 and 3. Most rivers meet all 3 and all of the above meet the “Water must flow in and out of the area ” rule.
- A channelized or canaled swamp (i.e. the Everglades) or non-riverine canal (i.e. navigation/irrigation canal) only meets 3. Anything more than a low head dam only meets 2 (at most). A natural lake or non-riverine swamp meets 1 and 3, but it doesn't meet the “Water must flow in and out of the area” rule.
- Keep in mind, that we have locks on many of our larger rivers. Most lock dams inundate the river beyond its natural banks, effectively making it a lake. So use your best judgment.
- A clear photo of the fish and the weight as recorded with a digital scale must be submitted. Weights will be recorded in the lb. oz. format. Weights submitted as fractions of a lb will be converted to oz and rounded down to the next round number (ie. 5.6lb = 5lb 9.6oz, but will be rounded down to 5lb 9oz).
Of course, this is done primarily on the honor system, so play nice. You don't win anything, so there's really no reason to lie about the weight or where you caught it.
If you have a river bass to submit for the Nation State Record Page, just submit it on your forums state record page, which should be pinned to the top of your state's forum
Tight lines and smooth rapids,