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Proud Angler

The goal of the South Dakota Trophy Fish Award (Proud Angler) is to recognize anglers who are fortunate enough to catch a trophy fish. Fish rarely survive long enough to become a trophy, and anglers preferring to practice catch and release are especially encouraged to participate in this program. These large fish are biologically important in healthy fish populations. Anglers are encouraged to consider applying for a catch-and-release award so more anglers can share in the opportunity to catch a trophy.

If you have caught a fish that qualifies, submit this form.

Minimum Qualifications

Species
Weight
Length
(released fish only)
Bass
  Largemouth
5 lb.
20 in.
  Smallmouth
3 lb.
18 in.
  Rock
1 lb.
10 in.
  White
2 3/4 lb.
17 in.
Bluegill  
1 lb.
10 in.
Bullhead
  Black
2 lb.
15 in.
  Brown
2 lb.
15 in.
  Yellow
2 lb.
15 in.
Catfish
  Blue
15 lb
30 in.
  Channel
15 lb
30 in.
  Flathead
15 lb
30 in.
Chinook Salmon  
12 lb.
30 in.
Crappie
  Black
2 lb.
15 in.
  White
2 lb.
15 in.
Lake Herring  
1 1/2 lb.
15 in.
Muskellunge  
20 lb
40 in.
Northern Pike  
15 lb
38 in.
Tiger Muskie  
15 lb
38 in.
Paddlefish**  
50 lb
45 in.
Sauger  
4 lb.
22 in.
Trout
  Lake
5 lb.
24 in.
  Splake
4 lb.
20 in.
  Brook
1 lb.
14 in.
  Brown
5 lb.
20 in.
  Rainbow
5 lb.
20 in.
  Kokanee
2 lb.
14 in.
Walleye  
8 lb.
27 in.
Whitefish  
4 lb.
16 in.
Yellow Perch  
1 3/4 lb.
14 in.
** Only legal size paddlefish taken during season are eligible for award.

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