ADF&G's Trophy Fish Program
Sport Fishing

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.

Catch-and-Release Certificate

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
lbs/oz Year Location Angler
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
Rockfish 18 lb N/A 39/1 2013 Sitka Henry Liebman
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.