​State Record Fish
If you believe you have caught an all-time state record fish in Iowa, follow these steps:

  • Look up the size of the current state record to see if your fish is larger than the current record. New all-time state record fish will be recognized when the weight of the fish exceeds by one ounce or more the weight of the previous record for that species or recognized hybrid.
  • Weigh your fish on a scale certified for trade (like at a grocery store, meat locker and some bait shops), preferably while it is still alive. The fish will start to lose weight the longer you keep it. The DNR will not accept the weight of a frozen fish. If you need to freeze the fish before you can get it weighed, you must thaw it out before you weight it. The fish will be lighter after it is frozen and then thawed. A witness must attest to the weight of the fish to the nearest ounce.
  • Contact your local conservation officer or fisheries biologist. The fisheries biologist must examine and verify the fish. If you cannot reach the biologist, the conservation officer will contact someone who can help.
  • Submit your record fish online through the Master Angler system. A photo of the fish and angler are required. A paper entry form is available in the Fishing Regulations or via this downloadable form. All-time records are posted until broken.
State Record Fish - Current Records
The current list of state record fish
is available for download.

Starting January 1, 2013, the Iowa DNR will be accepting submissions of State Record Fish for following newly-opened categories, which do not currently have a record:

Brown Bullhead - new record on 8/24/2015 by Dick Newcomer of Harpers Ferry. 12.5 inches, 1 pound 4 oz.

Yellow Bullhead - new record on 5/18/2018 by Taylor Garcia of Altoona, 14.5 inches, 2 pounds, 1.5 oz.

Silver Carp - new record on 5/10/2016 by Randy Conover of Ottumwa, 42.5", 42 pounds.

Smallmouth Buffalo - new record on 8/13/2015 by Miranda Eipperle of Peosta, 24.6", 8 pounds 3 oz.

Mooneye - new record on 9/25/2015 by Royce Bowman of Bellevue, 13", 0.7 pounds from the Upper Iowa River

Pumpkinseed Sunfish - new record on 5/5/2016 by Jimmy Lawrence of Bedford, 0.76 lbs; 9.2 in. from a farm pond in Adair County

Warmouth Sunfish - new record on 6/4/2015 by Jimmy Lawrence of Bedford, 9", 0.58 pound warmouth from Bedford City Reservoir