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Fishing WisconsinWisconsin's record fish program
Change planned for record fish program in 2014
Wisconsin's record fish program will receive a change in 2014 with the addition of the Live Release record fish category. The addition of this new category should bring some excitement into Wisconsin fishing and provide more anglers with an opportunity to catch a verified record fish.
Live release recordsThe Live Release Record Fish category will be length-only records for the catch and live release of selected species in Wisconsin waters. It has been designed to promote the conservation of fisheries resources and quality fishing by encouraging the careful release of trophy-size popular sport species. Category details
Catching a record fish
Fishing Wisconsin's waters is enjoyed by many, but only a few anglers apply their skills to the extent that they catch a verified record fish. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognizes anglers who have legally taken the largest fish on record by hook and line, as well as those fish that have been taken by alternate methods (for example, spearing or bowfishing).
The DNR does not keep line-class or lake-specific records. However, you may contact the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for national line class records.
You think you've caught a record fish?
If you think you or someone you know has caught a fish that might be a state record, there are a number of things you should do:
- don't clean or freeze the fish
- keep the fish cool - preferably on ice
- get the fish weighed as soon as possible on a certified scale (found in grocery, hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by an observer
- contact the nearest DNR office to get the fish species positively identified and to find out whether the fish is a state record
- obtain and complete a record fish application
An official record fish application must accompany all prospective record fish entries.
For questions about record fish or comments about these pages send mail to: Bureau of Fisheries Management