Application and Rules for State Record Fish
- Fish must be caught on rod, reel and line, or pole
and line, and hooked with any legal hook or
- Fish must be weighed in the presence of MDWFP
personnel on certified scales or scales legal for trade. The
weighing must witnessed by others, who MUST sign the application
form. No provision for weight loss will be allowed. The actual
weight of the fish AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING will be the OFFICIAL
WEIGHT. It is desired (but not mandatory) to have signature(s) on
the application form of witness(es), if any, to the actual catching
of the fish.
- Two (2) photographs (preferably in color) should be
taken of the proposed record fish. A. One (1) of the angler and
fish. B. One (1) showing a clear, close up side view of only the
- Length of the fish must be measured using a
flatboard and with fish mouth closed, from tip of snout to tip of
tail (with tail squeezed together to give longest possible
measurement) which gives the maximum overall measurement. Fork
length measurement should also be taken from the tip of shout to
the fork of the tail. (See diagram on
- Girth of the fish will be measured around the
thickest portion of the body. (See diagram)
- Applications for black bass, crappie, and sunfish
MUST be positively identified AND verified by a Professional
Fisheries Biologist with the MDWFP.
- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries,
and Parks reserves the right to further check fish identification
or verification of witnesses and to refuse any application that is
questionable. It will be considered "just cause" for
disqualification of current application and any previous records
established by anyone who knowingly falsifies a record fish
If the rules are not clear, PLEASE reread
Record Fish Applications
All rules will be strictly adhered to!
The decision of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries,
and Parks will be final.
MDWFP Fisheries Bureau
1505 Eastover Dr.
Jackson, Mississippi 39211-6374
Dennis Riecke, MDWFP Fisheries