ADF&G's Trophy Fish Program
Anglers have been participating since the 1960s in the ADF&G Trophy Fish Program, which gives special recognition to anglers taking fish that meet minimum weight (trophy certificates) or length standards (catch-and-release certificates) within a species. Trophy fish for both certificates must be legally caught from waters open to the public, in compliance with current ADF&G sport fishing regulations.
For catch-and-release honorary certificates, do not remove your fish from the water. Hold it just at the water's surface while a photograph is quickly taken, then release it into the current. Minimum lengths for catch-and-release honorary certificates are listed in the table below (third column). Not applicable to all species.
Trophy Fish Certificate
Minimum weights for trophy fish certificates are listed on the table below (second column). Entries must be weighed in the presence of witnesses and a Trophy Fish Official, on a scale currently certified by the Division of Weights and Measures.
At least one witness is mandatory, as is a photograph.
|Alaska State Trophy Fish Recordholders|
|Species||Trophy Certificate Min. Weight||Catch & Release Certificate Min. Length||Recordholders|
|Arctic Char/Dolly Varden||10 lb||30 inches||27/6||2002||Wulik River||Mike Curtiss|
|Brook trout||3 lb||20 inches||3/4||2012||Green Lake||Kyle Kitka|
|Burbot||8 lb||N/A||24/12||1976||Lake Louise||George R. Howard|
|King salmon||(see below)||N/A||97/4||1985||Kenai River||Lester Anderson|
|Chum salmon||15 lb||N/A||32/0||1985||Caamano Point||Fredrick Thynes|
|Coho salmon||20 lb||N/A||26/0||1976||Icy Strait||Andrew Robbins|
|Cutthroat trout||3 lb||20 inches||8/6||1977||Wilson Lake||Robert Denison|
|Grayling||3 lb||18 inches||5/1||2008||Fish River||Peter Cockwill|
|Halibut||250 lb||N/A||459/0||1996||Unalaska Bay||Jack Tragis|
|Lake trout||20 lb||36 inches||47/0||1970||Clarence Lake||Daniel Thorsness|
|Lingcod||55 lb||53 inches||81/6||2002||Monty Island||Charles Curny|
|Northern pike||15 lb||40 inches||38/8||1991||Innoko River||Jack Wagner|
|Pink salmon||8 lb||N/A||13/7||2016||Kenai River||Robert Dubar|
|Rainbow/Steelhead trout||15 lb||32 inches||42/3||1970||Bell Island||David White|
|Sheefish||30 lb||45 inches||53/0||1986||Pah River||Lawrence E. Hudnall|
|Sockeye salmon||12 lb||N/A||16/0||1974||Kenai River||Chuck Leach|
|Whitefish||4 lb||N/A||9/0||1989||Tozitna River||Al Mathews|
|King salmon minimum weight for the Kenai River is 75 lb. For the rest of the state, it is 50 lb.|