Kentucky Trophy Fish & Master Angler Programs

​​​Trophy Fish & Master Angler Program

​​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. Additionally, t​here is also a Master Angler category for anglers who catch three different qualifying Kentucky Trophy Fish species.  Species must be caught in Kentucky waters but cannot be taken from pay lakes, hatcheries or commercial propagation facilities.​

A New Trophy Fish & Master Angler Program is coming this year!

Please check back for details this summer!

A Lake Cumberland Trophy Striped Bass.
A Lake Cumberland Trophy Striped Bass​​​

Entering the Kentucky Trophy Fish Program

While the new program is being finalized, anglers can still submit their Trophy Fish applications.  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. The department may use submitted photos for promotional purposes. 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 or by email at

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.

Eligibility Requirements:​

  1. Applications must be submitted within 60 days after each catch. Applications can be submitted by logging into your profile.
  2. A clear, identifiable photograph of the fish (side view) is required with each application.
  3. The KDFWR retains the right to make final decisions regarding authenticity, qualifications and acceptance of an application for award.
  4. Angler must possess a valid resident or non-resident Kentucky fishing license. Persons exempt from license must give a Social Security Number.​
  5. Fish must be taken by sportfishing methods using handheld pole and hook & line only. Catches using trot lines, set lines, and jug lines are not eligible.
  6. Fish from pay lakes, hatcheries or taken from commercial propagation facilities are not eligible.
  7. Species of fish and their respective minimum lengths are listed in the eligible species list.

Eligible Species and Minimum Lengths in Inches:

  • Blue Catfish: 35
  • Bluegill: 10
  • Bowfin: 25
  • Brook Trout: 15
  • Brown Trout: 20
  • Bullhead Catfish: 14
  • Common Carp: 35
  • Chain Pickerel: 24
  • Channel Catfish: 28
  • Crappie: 15
  • Flathead Catfish: 35​
  • Freshwater Drum: 25
  • Gar: 40
  • Hybrid Striped Bass: 23
  • Kentucky Bass: 16
  • Largemouth Bass: 23
  • Muskellunge: 40
  • Rainbow Trout: 20
  • Redbreast Sunfish: 10
  • Redear Sunfish: 10
  • Rock Bass: 10
  • Sauger: 18
  • Saugeye: 23
  • Smallmouth Bass: 20
  • Striped Bass: 36
  • Walleye: 25
  • White Bass: 16
  • Yellow Perch: 10