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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

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 



Yellow Bullhead - new record on 6/9/15. 11.3 inches long and 0.61 pounds.  Angler details forthcoming.



Silver Carp 



Smallmouth Buffalo 



Mooneye 



Pumpkinseed Sunfish - new record on 6/615 by Dray Walter, 9.6", 11 oz.



Warmouth Sunfish - new record on 6/4/15 by Jimmy Lawrence of Bedford, 9", 0.58 pound warmouth from Bedford City Reservoir.








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