​State Record Fish
If you believe you have caught an all-time state record fish in Iowa, here are a few guidelines:

  • 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.
  • New all-time state record fish must be examined and verified by DNR fisheries personnel.
  • A photo of the fish and angler are required.
  • One witness must attest to the weight of the fish to the nearest ounce on scales legal for trade.
  • All-time records are posted until broken.
  • Submissions can be entered online via the Master Angler system, but the fish must be examined and verified by DNR fisheries personnel.
  • A paper entry form is available in the Fishing Regulations document, or via this downloadable form.
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 4/16/2016 by Xavier Jones of Ankeny, 13.5 inches, 1.62 pounds.

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