This MONSTER was caught at Lake Maria, a private lake/campground just outside of Mansfield. This is what you will catch when you don’t have government control over YOUR fresh water, there are plenty more where this came from, and yes…he was caught and released even though the DNR should have measured and weighed since Mark, a nephew of the owner didn’t. I measured him based on this pic, and hypothetically this bass was atleast 26 inches, and we are guessing around 12 pounds.
The record is 13.3 pounds and 25 1/16″ – this was definately close! – http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/FishingSubhomePage/programs__activitiesplaceholder/recordfish_fshohiorcrdfish/tabid/6984/Default.aspx