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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. Each qualified angler will receive a collectable Kentucky Trophy Fish lapel pin. The pin the angler receives may not have the same fish on it as the qualifying fish caught. An angler can only receive one pin per year but each trophy fish caught may count toward the Master Angler award. Each year’s pin will have a different species of fish on it, along with the year.
There is also a Master Angler category for anglers who catch three different qualifying Kentucky Trophy Fish species. Species submitted for a Master Angler collector’s pin may not be duplicated. The Master Angler collector’s pin is the same as the Trophy Fish collector’s pin except it will have “Master Angler” written across it.
Pins will be bulk mailed to all qualifying anglers after February 1st of the following year.
An angler who wishes to submit their catch to receive a collectable pin and certificate 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 certificate of merit and a Trophy Fish lapel pin will be awarded to each angler meeting the above requirements. There is no limit on the number of Trophy Fish Awards an angler may receive but an angler can only receive one Trophy Fish lapel pin per year.
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:
Trophy Fish Photo Gallery
Once all anglers who submitted an application for the Kentucky Trophy Fish Program receive their collector’s pin, the excess will be available for $5.00 each after February 1st of the following year. If you would like to purchase a collector’s pin, please send a check or money order for $5.00 to Kentucky Trophy Fish Program, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, #1 Sportsman’s Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.