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Nevada’s Trophy Fish Program

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

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 Bass5 lbs.
  2. Smallmouth Bass3 lbs.
  3. Spotted Bass2 lbs.
  4. Striped Bass20 lbs.
  5. White Bass2 lbs.
  6. Carp15 lbs.
  7. Bullhead Catfish1 lb.
  8. Channel Catfish10 lbs.
  9. White Catfish4 lbs.
  10. Black Crappie2 lbs.
  11. White Crappie2 lbs.
  12. Sacramento Perch2 lbs.
  13. Yellow Perch0.5 lb.
  14. Kokanee Salmon2 lbs.
  15. Bluegill Sunfish1 lb.
  16. Green Sunfish0.5 lb.
  17. Pumpinseed Sunfish0.5 lb.
  18. Redear Sunfish0.5 lb.
  19. Brook Trout2 lbs.
  20. Brown Trout5 lbs.
  21. Cutthroat Trout10 lbs.
  22. Bull Trout0.5 lb.
  23. Mackinaw Trout10 lbs.
  24. Rainbow Trout5 lbs.
  25. Rainbow/Cutthroat Hybrid Trout10 lbs.
  26. Tiger Trout2 lbs.
  27. Walleye6 lbs.
  28. Mt. Whitefish1 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