Florida man catches record-size smallmouth bass in northern Michigan

Robert Kraemer and his record smallmouth bass

Robert Kraemer and his record smallmouth bass

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich. – There is a new state record in Michigan for the largest smallmouth bass.

The Department of Natural Resources issued a press release Wednesday that a Florida man took in the record-sized fish.

Robert Kraemer of Treasure Island, Florida caught the 9.98-pound, 23.10-inch smallmouth bass on the Indian River in Cheboygan County.  The fish was verified by a DNR biologist in Gaylord, Michigan.

Robert Kraemer and his record smallmouth bass

Robert Kraemer and his record smallmouth bass

The previous record was a 9.33-pound, 24.50-inch smallmouth bass caught in Hubbard Lake in Alcona County by a Michigan man in 2015.  Before that, the record smallmouth bass had stood since 1906.

Kraemer told DNR officials that he has been fishing in Michigan since 1965 and stays at a cottage in the area from June through September.

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1 Comment

  • rory

    Great, Bob! Congratulations – Wow! What a record fish. Smallmouth are great eating, however that one would go on the wall in my house, haha. Good job my friend.