Nevada’s Trophy Fish Program

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

Click here for the Trophy Fish Entry Form

Enter Your Fish – It May Be A Trophy

The following minimum weight qualifications are established for the various species of fish in the Nevada Trophy Fish Program. Each entry which meets the minimum qualifications will receive a Trophy Fish Certificate.

  1. Largemouth Bass 5 lbs.
  2. Smallmouth Bass 3 lbs.
  3. Spotted Bass 2 lbs.
  4. Striped Bass 20 lbs.
  5. White Bass 2 lbs.
  6. Carp 15 lbs.
  7. Bullhead Catfish 1 lb.
  8. Channel Catfish 10 lbs.
  9. White Catfish 4 lbs.
  10. Black Crappie 2 lbs.
  11. White Crappie 2 lbs.
  12. Sacramento Perch 2 lbs.
  13. Yellow Perch 0.5 lb.
  14. Kokanee Salmon 2 lbs.
  15. Bluegill Sunfish 1 lb.
  16. Green Sunfish 0.5 lb.
  17. Pumpkinseed Sunfish 0.5 lb.
  18. Redear Sunfish 0.5 lb.
  19. Brook Trout 2 lbs.
  20. Brown Trout 5 lbs.
  21. Cutthroat Trout 10 lbs.
  22. Bull Trout 0.5 lb.
  23. Mackinaw Trout 10 lbs.
  24. Rainbow Trout 5 lbs.
  25. Rainbow/Cutthroat Hybrid Trout 10 lbs.
  26. Tiger Trout 2 lbs.
  27. Walleye 6 lbs.
  28. Mt. Whitefish 1 lb.
  29. Wiper (White/Striped Bass Hybrid) 5 lbs.

For a fish to be considered in the Nevada Trophy Fish Program the following must apply:

  1. Fish must be taken legally from Nevada waters.
  2. Weight is to be taken of whole fish before freezing.
  3. Length is to be measured from tip of nose to tip of tail.
  4. Measurements must be witnessed by two other persons, at least one of whom must not be a relative of angler entering contest.
  5. Angler must provide positive means of identifying the species of fish and include an adequate photograph.*
  6. Entry must be made within calendar year of date caught to be included in that year’s contest.
  7. If the fish being entered is a possible Nevada State Record, the fish must be weighed on a scale which has been certified as accurate. The fish must also be witnessed by a Nevada Department of Wildlife employee.
  8. An entry form must be submitted within 60 days of the fish being caught. To be considered for the Trophy Fish Book, all entries must be submitted by Jan. 31.

* All photos and stories submitted may be used in NDOW publications and on the agency website unless otherwise requested.

Mail entries and photos to:

Fisheries Division

Nevada Department of Wildlife

6980 Sierra Center Parkway, Suite 120

Reno, NV 89511