State Record Fish Application

View the current list of state record fish for South Dakota.

Submit your application for recognition of a state record fish.

Only the fish on the following list will be considered for state record recognition:

Bass, Largemouth
Bass, Rock
Bass, Smallmouth
Bass, White
Bass, Hybrid
Buffalo, Bigmouth
Buffalo, Smallmouth
Bullhead, Black
Bullhead, Brown
Bullhead, Yellow
Carp, Common
Carp, Bighead
Carp, Grass
Carpsucker, River
Catfish, Blue
Catfish, Channel
Catfish, Flathead
Chub, Creek
Chub, Flathead
Crappie, Black

Crappie, White
Drum, Freshwater
Eel, American
European Rudd
Gar, Longnose
Gar, Shortnose
Herring, Lake (Cisco)
Herring, River
Muskellunge, Tiger
Perch, Yellow
Pike, Northern
Red Horse, Shorthead
Salmon, Chinook
Salmon, Coho
Salmon, Kokanee
Chad, Gizzard
Shiner, Common

Shiner, Golden
Shiner, Red
Shiner, Sand
Smelt, Rainbow
Sturgeon, Lake
Sturgeon, Pallid
Sturgeon, Shovelnose
Sucker, Blue
Sucker, White
Sunfish, Green
Sunfish, Orange-spotted
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed
Trout, Brook
Trout, Brown
Trout, Cutthroat
Trout, Lake
Trout, Rainbow
Trout, Tiger

Application guidelines

  • All applicable information must be completed. Print legibly or type when filling out application.
  • Possible state record fish must be identified and verified by a qualified professional ichthyologist or fisheries biologist.
  • Possible state record fish must be weighed on registered scales and weight slip attached if available.
  • Two witnesses other than the angler must be present during the weighing process, or one GFP Fisheries or Law Enforcement employee must be present. Witness signature(s) must be present on application form.
  • Weight must be rounded down to the nearest ounce. To replace the existing record, a fish must weigh at least one ounce more.
  • A fish must weigh 1 pound (16 ounces) or more to be eligible for state record status.
  • A color photograph of the angler with the fish can be submitted to GFP personnel along with the completed application (photo can be emailed also).
  • Sturgeon species (shovelnose, pallid and lake sturgeon) and any state threatened or endangered species may not be harvested and are therefore, not eligible for state records.

Definitions of eligibility

  • *Hook and line records must be caught by a licensed angler (anglers younger than 16 years of age exempt from license requirements) by legal means during legal open season and hours with rod, reel and line; pole and line; or any legal ice fishing method (not speared or snagged).
  • *Unrestricted records may be taken by a licensed angler (anglers younger than 16 years of age exempt from license requirements) by any other legal method than hook and line. This includes spearing, snagging, bow and arrow, setline or seining (smelt only).
  • Fish should be measured for total length in inches, as measured in a straight line along a flat surface, from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. (Paddlefish should be measured from the front of the eye to the fork in the tail)

*Aid in landing the fish (i.e. netting, gaffing, etc.) is acceptable.


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