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The West Virginia Trophy Fish Citation Program

The trophy fish citation program was initiated to recognize outstanding fishing achievement. The color fish illustrations on the citations are reproductions of original paintings by artists Duane Raver or Tracy Lee. Applications to register a tropy fish can be obtained from any license agent, Wildlife Resources office or click on the link below and send it to the following address along with the fee of $5.00.

The West Virginia Trophy Fish Citation Program Application - (PDF format, 5.43KB)

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
1336 State Street, Room 216
Gassaway, West Virginia 26624

 

Reporting Procedures

  • Fish must be legally caught with rod and reel by a licensed angler in West Virginia.
  • Carp legally taken by bow and meeting minimum size requirements qualify for a trophy fish citation.
  • Fish must meet or exceed the minimum weight or length.
  • Fish certified by weight must be weighed on a scale certified by the West Virginia Division of Labor or at any office of the West Virginia Wildlife Resources Section. Fish must be weighed in the presence of a witness who must sign the application form.
  • Fish certified by length must be measured in the presence of a witness who must sign the application form, or fish must be measured and a photograph must accompany the application.  Measure total length of fish to nearest 1/8 inch from tip of snout to end of tail.
  • A clear side view photograph of the fish is desirable.
  • Nonresidents and residents are eligible for trophy citations.
  • Applications must be submitted within 60 days of the date of catch.
  • $5.00 fee must accompany each application. Make checks or money orders payable to the West Virginia DNR.

Minimum Sizes

Brook Trout

1.5 lbs.

15 in.

Brown Trout

4 lbs.

21 in.

Rainbow Trout

4 lbs.

21 in.

Golden Trout

4 lbs.

21 in.

Largemouth Bass

5 lbs.

21 in.

Smallmouth Bass

4 lbs.

20 in.

Spotted Bass

1.5 lbs.

14 in.

Rock Bass

1 lbs.

11 in.

Crappie

1.5 lbs.

15 in.

Sunfish

1 lbs.

10 in.

Striped Bass

7 lbs.

25 in.

Hybrid Striped Bass

7 lbs.

24 in.

White Bass

2 lbs.

15 in.

Musky

15 lbs.

40 in.

Tiger Musky

15 lbs.

40 in.

Chain Pickerel

2 lbs.

20 in.

Northern Pike

8 lbs.

32 in.

Walleye

5 lbs.

25 in.

Sauger

1.5 lbs.

17 in.

Yellow Perch

1 lbs.

13 in.

Channel Catfish

6 lbs.

25 in.

Flathead Catfish

10 lbs.

29 in.

Bullhead Catfish

2 lbs.

16 in.

Blue Catfish

10 lbs.

29 in.

Fallfish

2 lbs.

18 in.

Freshwater Drum

10 lbs.

27 in.

      Carp 15 lbs. 31 in.
  

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