Rules for Establishing Arkansas Sportfishing Records
fish must have been legally caught in Arkansas waters where a sport fishing
license is required. This rules out fish taken from hatcheries and pay lakes.
- The fish must be caught on rod or pole using hook and line. Fish caught
on hand-held snagging equipment will be considered if taken from waters where snagging is
legal. Exception: A fish caught using other legal sport tackle (trotline, limbline, jug,
yo-yo, etc.) can be submitted for consideration in the "unrestricted tackle"
category if it exceeds the record weight established for that species by an angler using
rod or pole. However, only catches made by an angler possessing a valid sport fishing
license using legal sport fishing methods will be considered. Commercial fish catches do
not qualify. Regardless of what type of tackle is used, only one person may be involved in
subduing the fish, except for helping net or gaff the fish.
- To apply for a state record, the angler must submit a completed State
Record Fish Application which is available from Game and Fish Commission offices and field
- On all record claims, witnesses to the catch are desirable. An
unwitnessed catch may be disallowed if questions arise regarding its authenticity.
- A fisheries professional must identify the species of the fish. The
identification need not be made at the time of the weigh-in, but the professional's name,
address, phone number, signature, and title (or qualifications) must appear on the
application form or on a separate document confirming the species identification. When
possible, a good photograph of the fish should accompany the application.
- The fish must be weighed on a certified scale legal for trade.
Certified scales can be found in stores, post offices, feed mills, etc. An employee of the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must witness the
weigh-in and sign the application or a separate document confirming the fish's weight.
Only that weight witnessed at the official weigh-in will be accepted, regardless of the
fish's weight when it was caught. Any fish establishing a new record weight will be
considered, regardless of the size and species. One-ounce gradations are used for record
purposes. Fractions of an ounce will be dropped. The fish cannot be altered by any means
to induce additional weight beyond its normal weight.