Record fish program official catch and release application procedures

1 Application forms for catch and keep record certification must be completed and submitted to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources using the form below.

2. At least one color photograph of the fish (side-view) must be submitted with each application. Please submit additional photographs of yourself and the fish for news and publicity purposes by the Division. All photographs will become the property of the state and will not be returned.

3. Fish must be caught by legal angling methods and released in good condition in the water from which it was caught. (See the Utah Fishing Guidebook).

4. Fish must be caught from state waters open to public fishing. Fish caught from fee fishing facilities or privately owned ponds or fish hatcheries are ineligible.

5. Record fish will be determined by total length measured to the nearest 1/8 inch. To be certified, the fish must exceed the previously recognized record.

6. The measurement and release of the fish must be witnessed and certified in writing.

7. Fish taken from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Lake Powell, and Bear Lake will be recognized if taken legally from any portion of these waters; provided that the fish is weighed/measured and certified in Utah in accordance with these rules and procedures. The only exceptions to this are (1) Page, Arizona, which will be accepted as an official weigh-in location, or (2) if the record submission from these interstate waters is verified by the corresponding state wildlife agency.

8. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reserves the right to further check identification or verification of witnesses and/or documentation of catch, and to reject any applications which are questionable.

9. Record submissions will only be considered for the following species: Bonneville whitefish, mountain whitefish, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, golden trout, lake trout, brook trout, arctic grayling, kokanee salmon, brown trout, tiger trout, splake, walleye, yellow perch, Sacramento perch, striped bass, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bullhead, channel catfish, black crappie, green sunfish, bluegill, northern pike, wiper, tiger muskellunge, and common carp.