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The West Virginia Trophy Fish Citation Program

The trophy fish citation program was initiated to recognize outstanding fishing achievement. The color fish illustrations on the citations are reproductions of original paintings by artists Duane Raver. Applications to register a tropy fish can be obtained from any license agent, WV Wildlife Resources office or click on the link below for a copy to download and print. The completed application can be mailed to the address below.

The West Virginia Trophy Fish Citation Program Application - (Fillable PDF format. Complete, print and mail in.)

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
324 4th Avenue, Room 306
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303


Reporting Procedures

  • Fish must be legally caught with rod and reel by a licensed angler in West Virginia.
  • Common carp legally taken by bow and meeting minimum size requirements qualify for a trophy fish citation.
  • Fish must meet or exceed the minimum weight or length.
  • Fish must be measured in the presence of a witness who must sign the application form, or fish must be measured and a photograph must accompany the application. Measure total length of fish to nearest 1/8 inch from tip of snout to end of tail. Please reference the current WVDNR Fishing Regulations Summary for proper measuring techniques.
  • A clear side view photograph of the fish is desirable.
  • Nonresidents and residents are eligible for trophy citations.
  • Applications must be submitted within 60 days of the date of catch.

Minimum Sizes

Brook Trout

15 in.

Brown Trout

21 in.

Rainbow Trout

21 in.

Golden Rainbow Trout

21 in.

Largemouth Bass

21 in.

Smallmouth Bass

20 in.

Spotted Bass

14 in.

Rock Bass

10 in.


15 in.


10 in.

Striped Bass

30 in.

Hybrid Striped Bass

24 in.

White Bass

15 in.

Muskellunge (Musky)

45 in.

Tiger Musky

40 in.

Chain Pickerel

20 in.

Northern Pike

32 in.


28 in.


17 in.

Yellow Perch

13 in.

Channel Catfish

25 in.

Flathead Catfish

35 in.

Bullhead Catfish

16 in.

Blue Catfish

35 in.


18 in.

Freshwater Drum

22 in.

Common Carp

31 in.


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