Archery season for deer and fall turkey began September 6.  Read the 2014-15 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide before hunting.​

The hunting season for dove and some other migratory birds began September 1.  Read the 2014-15 Dove Hunting Guide before hunting.​

 Trophy Fish

  Trophy Fish

Robert Marsh of Erlanger, KY holds the state record grass carp he caught from Cemetary Lake in Kenton County on June 17, 2009. This fish weighed 58 pounds, 8 ounces.

 

TROPHY FISH/MASTER ANGLER AWARD PROGRAM

 

Anglers who catch, by pole and line, any one fish meeting the length requirements below may qualify for the Trophy Fish/Master Angler Awards Program. Anglers who catch three different species of trophy status are eligible for the Master Angler Award. There is no time limit in which the three different species must be caught, but each catch must be documented and registered as a trophy fish with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife since the program began in 1987. Species counted toward a Master Angler Award may not be duplicated.

Anglers qualifying for a Kentucky Trophy Fish Award will receive a collectable Kentucky Trophy Fish lapel/hat pin. An angler may only receive one pin per year, but each Trophy Fish caught counts toward the Master Angler Award.

All applications for Trophy Fish/ Master Angler Award must be received by Feb. 1 the following year to qualify for a lapel/hit pin.

Anglers must register on-line here to receive their lapel/hat pin and Trophy Fish Certificate. A photo of the catch must be submitted along with the Trophy Fish/Master Angler application.

Complete details are available by calling 1-800-858-1549 or by clicking here.

ELIGIBLE SPECIES Minimum length
Blue Catfish 35”
Bluegill 10”
Bowfin 25”
Brook Trout 11”
Brown Trout 20”
Bullhead Catfish 14”
Carp 35”
Chain Pickerel 24”
Channel Catfish 28”
Crappie 15”
Flathead Catfish 35”
Freshwater Drum 25”
Gar 40”
Hybrid Striped Bass 23”
Kentucky (Spotted) Bass 16”
Largemouth Bass 23”
Muskellunge 40”
Rainbow Trout 20”
Redear Sunfish 10”
Redbreast Sunfish 10”
Rock Bass 10”
Sauger 18”
Smallmouth Bass 20”
Striped Bass 36”
Walleye 25”
White Bass 16”
Yellow Perch 10”

 

STATE RECORD FISH PROGRAM

 

To qualify for the state record fish program, fish must be caught in Kentucky waters by pole and line only and be verified by a state fisheries biologist. Fish taken on commercial gear, by trotlines, gigging, snagging, tickling, noodling, hand grabbing or bow fishing are not eligible. Fish need to be weighed on a scale certified for legal trade.

Applications for the state record fish program are available from Kentucky State Record Fish Program, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601, 1-800-858-1549 or from your District Fisheries Office:

WESTERN FISHERY DISTRICT
Paul Rister or Neal Jackson, Murray
(270) 753-3886

NORTHWESTERN FISHERY DISTRICT
Rob Rold or Jeremy Shiflet, Calhoun,
(270) 273-3117

SOUTHWESTERN FISHERY DISTRICT
Eric Cummins or John Ziegler
Bowling Green, (270) 746-7127

CENTRAL FISHERY DISTRICT
Jeff Crosby or Kathryn Emme
Frankfort, 1-800-858-1549

NORTHEASTERN FISHERY DISTRICT
Fred Howes or Tom Timmermann
Morehead, (606) 783-8650

EASTERN FISHERY DISTRICT
Kevin Frey or Jason Herrala
Prestonsburg
(606) 889-1705

SOUTHEASTERN FISHERY DISTRICT
John Williams or Marcy Anderson
Williamsburg, (606) 549-1332

MINOR CLARK FISH HATCHERY
Rod Middleton, Pete Besant or
Scott Barrett, Morehead
(606) 783-8650

PFIEFFER FISH HATCHERY
Steve Marple, Nick Skudlarek or
Josh Pennington, Frankfort
(502) 564-4957

 

STATE RECORD FISH PROGRAM

 

SPECIES Weight Caught By Location Date
ANCIENT FISH
Bowfin 15 lbs. 13 oz. Norman Moran, Lexington, KY Green River 05/31/99
Longnose Gar 40 lbs. Kelsie Travis, Jr., Paducah, KY Ohio River 08/08/56
Paddlefish (Spoonbill) 106 lbs. William Chumbler, Calvert City, KY Ohio River 03/23/04
Sturgeon 36 lbs. 8 oz. Barney Frazier, Corbin, KY Lake Cumberland 10/03/54
BLACK BASS
Kentucky (Spotted) Bass 7 lbs. 10 oz. A.E. Sellers, Louisville, KY Private lake, Nelson Co. 06/13/70
Largemouth Bass 13 lbs. 10 oz. Dale Wilson, London, KY Wood Creek Lake 04/14/84
Smallmouth Bass 11 lbs. 15 oz. David L. Hayes, Leitchfield, KY Dale Hollow Lake 07/09/55
Coosa Bass 0.53 lbs. Floyd Wayne Howard, Cawood, KY Martins Fork Creek 07/06/05
TEMPERATE BASS
Striped Bass (Rockfish) 58 lbs. 4 oz. Roger Foster, Somerset, KY Lake Cumberland 12/11/85
Hybrid Striped Bass 20 lbs. 8 oz. Mark Wilson, Louisville, KY Barren River 04/27/91
White Bass 5 lbs. (TIE) Lorne Eli, Dawson Springs, KY Kentucky Lake 07/11/43
Blue Catfish B.B. Hardin, Mt. Eden, KY Herrington Lake 06/03/57
Yellow Bass 1 lb., 6.4 oz. William Hinton, Central City, KY Cumberland River, Lake Barkley tailwaters 03/19/09
CARP/SUCKER
Bighead Carp 64 lbs. Drew Fulmer, Florence, KY Kentucky Lake 07/19/10
Blue Sucker 4 lbs. 12 oz. Howard Hillard, Livermore, KY Green River 04/25/01
Buffalo (Smallmouth) 55 lbs. Clinton Roby, Waddy, KY Kentucky Lake 03/23/00
Common Carp 54 lbs. 14 oz. Ricky Vance, Paris, KY South Fork, Licking River 03/13/71
Creek Chub 0.59 lbs Joshua Scott, Louisville, KY Otter Creek, Hardin Co. 03/26/06
Golden Redhorse 4 lbs. 5 oz. Leif Meadows, Stanton, KY Red River 04/22/98
Grass Carp 58 lbs. 8 oz. Robert Marsh, Erlanger, KY Cemetary Lake, Kenton Co. 06/17/09
Northern Hog Sucker 1 lb, 12 oz. Larry Salchli, Stanton, KY Slate Creek, Bath Co. 04/07/05
River Redhorse 9 lbs. 1 oz. Denny Hatfield, London, KY Rockcastle River 09/20/03
Silver Carp 9 lbs. 8 oz. Marvin Joe Southard, McHenry, KY Ohio River 08/08/04
Silver Redhorse 5 lbs. 6 oz. Justin Collins, London, KY Rockcastle River 04/17/10
White Sucker 1 lb. 10 oz. Larry Salchli, Stanton, KY Slate Creek, Montgomery Co. 03/19/98
CATFISH
Blue Catfish 104 lbs. Bruce Midkiff, Owensboro, KY Ohio River 08/28/99
Bullhead Catfish 5 lbs. 3 oz. Harry Case, Paris, KY Guist Creek Lake 10/18/92
Channel Catfish 32 lbs. Kyle Estep, South Point, OH Ohio River 05/26/04
Flathead Catfish 97 lbs. Esker Carroll Green River 06/06/56
White Catfish 3.70 lbs. Steve Lurie, Taylorsville, KY Guist Creek Lake 07/20/07
DRUM
Freshwater Drum 38 lbs. Larry Cardwell, Morgantown, KY Green River 06/05/80
HERRING
Skipjack Herring 3.10 lbs. Joey Dixon, Elizabethtown, KY Ohio River 04/14/06
MOONEYE
Goldeye 2.64 lbs. Mark Smith, Lexington, KY Kentucky River 04/21/01
PERCH
Logperch 0.04 lbs. Jonathan Lapham, Glasgow, KY Peters Creek 10/22/05
Sauger 7 lbs. 7 oz. Rastie Andrew, Jamestown, KY Cumberland River 04/28/83
Saugeye 6 lbs. 9 oz. Chuck Kouns, South Shore, KY Ohio River 02/19/98
Walleye 21 lbs. 8 oz. Abe Black, Shaker Heights, OH Lake Cumberland 10/01/58
Yellow Perch 1 lb. 6.4 oz. Klint Thaxton, Ashland, IL Kentucky Lake 03/12/10
PIKE
Chain Pickerel 5 lbs. 6 oz. Tommy Thompson, Bardwell, KY Forked Lake, Carlisle Co. 07/08/83
Grass Pickerel 10 oz. Gerald Gallagher, Louisville, KY Wilson Creek, Bullitt Co. 07/17/89
Muskellunge 47 lbs. Sarah Terry, Mt. Sterling, KY Cave Run Lake 11/02/08
Northern Pike 10.53 lbs. Derek Cowden, Corbin, KY Laurel River Lake 10/29/06
Tiger Muskie (Muskellunge Hybrid) 19 lbs. 9 oz. Wayne Joslin, Winchester, KY Private lake, Clark Co. 04/25/07
SUNFISH
Bluegill 4 lbs. 3 oz. Phil Conyers, Madisonville, KY Strip Mine Lake, Hopkins Co. 08/05/80
Crappie (White or Black) 4 lbs. 14 oz. Penny Hopper, Crofton, KY Watershed Lake, Christian Co. 05/08/05
Green Sunfish 1 lb. 5 oz. Raymond Peyton, Lebanon, KY Farm pond, Marion Co. 06/13/00
Longear Sunfish 13 oz. Anthony Lynch, Salyersville, KY Strip Mine Pond, Magoffin Co. 06/23/94
Redbreast Sunfish 14 oz. Tim King, Stearns, KY Marsh Creek, McCreary Co. 09/01/97
Redear Sunfish 3 lbs. 1 oz. Betty Truax, Finchville, KY Farm pond, Shelby Co. 05/24/82
Rock Bass 1 lb. 10 oz. H.S. White, Cadiz, KY Casey Creek, Trigg Co. 05/26/75
Warmouth 1 lb. 6.2 oz. John Hoover, Louisville, KY Private pond, Jefferson Co. 07/21/03
TROUT
Brook Trout 1 lb. 5 oz. R. James Augustus, Louisville, KY Martins Fork, Bell Co. 08/21/82
Brown Trout 21 lbs. Thomas Malone, Crofton, KY Cumberland River 04/30/00
Lake Trout 5 lbs. 5 oz. John McDonogh, Jeffersontown, KY Cumberland River 04/04/83
Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 6 oz. Jim Mattingly, Somerset, KY Cumberland River 09/10/72
Note: Line class records are not maintained by the KDFWR.
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KENTUCKY BOWFISHING STATE RECORD FISH

 

The United Bowhunters of Kentucky initiated a new state record program for fish harvested by bow and arrow. Click here for details and guidelines

SPECIES Weight Taken By Location Date
Bowfin 15 lbs., 10 oz. Don Bellamy Lake Barkley 04/09/06
Bream 1 lb., 1 oz. Darnell Hatfield Kentucky Lake 05/01/03
Smallmouth Buffalo 72 lbs., 4 oz. Bruce Bauer Lake Barkley 04/16/09
Bigmouth Buffalo 35 lbs., 8 oz. Clay Rhye Lake Barkley 04/05/08
Catfish – Blue 62 lbs., 9 oz. Joseph Ewing Tennessee River 05/26/06
Catfish – Channel 23 lbs., 11 oz. Kerry Thompson Private pond, Hardin Co. 08/08/03
Catfish – Flathead 60 lbs., 9 oz. Jay Knight Kentucky Lake 05/22/04
Carp – Common 35 lbs., 8 oz. Chris Lee Lake Malone 05/04/08
Carp – Big Head 79 lbs., 4 oz. William Greer Obion Creek 04/15/09
Carp – Silver 31 lbs., 6 oz. David Hash Ohio River 08/14/11
Carp – White Amur 72 lbs. Jeff Moryl Kentucky Lake 05/04/09
Freshwater Drum 18 lbs., 10 oz. Willie Chadwell Lake Cumberland 05/23/08
Longnose Gar 31 lbs. Chase Lant Kentucky Lake 08/04/09
Shortnose Gar 12 lbs., 4 oz. Kevin Capps Lake Barkley 05/06/05
Spotted Gar 10 lbs., 15 oz. Warren Blake Lake Barkley 04/21/07
Goldfish 7 lbs., 4 oz. Devin Hardy Farm pond, Meade Co. 04/28/07
Koi 18 lbs., 11 oz. David Kohl Farm pond, Jefferson Co. 09/17/07
Mooneye 1 lb., 4 oz. Ronald Prior Ohio River 07/29/05
Mullet 1 lb., 12 oz. Tom Jenkins Tennessee River 07/25/03
Paddlefish (Spoonbill) 46 lbs., 4 oz. Tanner Collins Cumberland River 07/22/11
Shad (all species) 2 lbs., 11.5 oz. Brad Coursey Central City strip pit 12/21/09
Sucker – Blue 6 lbs., 8 oz. Tyler Jones Barkley Dam 03/17/11
Sucker – Redhorse 6 lbs., 13 oz. John Bagby Green River 07/15/08
Sucker – Spotted 3 lbs., 2 oz. Dale Sterling Kentucky Lake 03/17/09
Sucker – White 6 oz. Aaron Pryor Rough River Lake 04/29/03
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