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Unknown to a lot of fishermen the state record Smallmouth Bass was recently caught at Lake Pardee. The fish weighed 9.83 pounds and was caught by Harold Hardin of Stockton. He reportedly caught his fish while using a smoke colored swimbait along the same point that the previous lake record was caught and released. Trinity Lake held the current record, which weighed 9.1 pounds; the record stood for thirty one years. The world record smallmouth bass is currently 11.15 pounds and was caught 52 years ago by D.L. Hays while trolling Dale Hollow Lake. A lot of trophy bass anglers believe that it's just a matter of time before the next world record smallmouth bass will be caught in Lake Pardee.

Delta Report:

With the recent drop in temperatures the topwater bite has slowed down a lot for bass anglers. Bass are still being found underneath the mats but not as much as in recent years. The crankbait and spinnerbait bite has been steady with a number of nice fish being caught by those tossing chatter baits. Jigs are still working for anglers fishing the edge of weed lines in black/blue, or black/red. Small schools of striped bass are still being found throughout the delta feeding on schools of small shad. Catfish and bluegill continue to provide anglers with action around boat docks and shady banks.