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Any angler who catches, by pole or line, any of the eligible fish species that meets the length requirements may qualify for the Kentucky Trophy Fish Program. All applications must be received by February 1 of the following year. Species must be caught in Kentucky waters but can not be taken from pay lakes, hatcheries or commercial propagation facilities.
There is also a Master Angler category for anglers who catch three different qualifying Kentucky Trophy Fish species.
An angler who wishes to submit their catch will need to
register online here. A picture of your catch must be submitted with the application. For those anglers without internet access, options are still available. Ask a friend, relative or neighbor with internet access for help in registering your catch. You can also visit a public library that offers internet access for public use. Questions about the procedure can be addressed by calling 502-892-4527.
The KDFWR reserves the privilege of adding/deleting species or changing minimum size requirements at any time to improve the quality or equitability of the program.
TROPHY FISH AWARD:
A Trophy Fish Award will be granted to each angler meeting the above requirements. There is no limit on the number of Trophy Fish Awards an angler may receive.
MASTER ANGLER AWARD:
Master Angler Award processing is temporarily suspended while we update our database and order new pins. Thank you for your patience!
Anglers who catch exceptional fish by pole and line methods may qualify for the Trophy Fish/Master Angler Awards Program.
Eligible Species and Minimum Lengths in Inches: