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Minimum Qualifying Sizes for Fish

To participate in New York State's Angler Achievement Awards Program, fish must meet the following minimum qualifying weight or length for that species in a specific category.

Annual Award Category
Species Minimum Weight
Bass, Largemouth 6 lb. 0 oz.
Bass, Rock 1 lb. 0 oz.
Bass, Smallmouth 4 lb. 0 oz.
Bass, Hybrid Striped 6 lb. 0 oz.
Bass, Striped
Hudson River, Delaware River
30 lb. 0 oz.
Bass, White 1 lb. 0 oz.
Bluegill 1 lb. 0 oz.
Bowfin 5 lb. 0 oz.
Bullhead, Black 1 lb. 0 oz.
Bullhead, Brown 1 lb. 0 oz.
Burbot 3 lb. 0 oz.
Carp, Common 20 lb. 0 oz.
Catfish, Channel 10 lb. 0 oz.
Catfish, White 2 lb. 0 oz.
Cisco (Lake Herring) 1 lb. 0 oz.
Crappie, Black or White 1 lb. 8 oz.
Drum, Freshwater 10 lb. 0 oz.
Eel, American 4 lb. 0 oz.
Fallfish 1 lb. 0 oz.
Gar, Longnose 5 lb. 0 oz.
Muskellunge 30 lb. 0 oz.
Muskellunge, Tiger 15 lb. 0 oz.
Perch, White 1 lb. 0 oz.
Perch, Yellow 1 lb. 0 oz.
Pickerel, Chain 4 lb. 0 oz.
Pickerel, Redfin 1 lb. 0 oz.
Pike, Northern 15 lb. 0 oz.
Salmon, Atlantic
Great Lakes 14 lb. 0 oz.
Inland 6 lb. 0 oz.
Salmon, Chinook 33 lb. 0 oz.
Salmon, Coho 16 lb. 0 oz.
Salmon, Kokanee 1 lb. 0 oz.
Salmon, Pink 3 lb. 8 oz.
Sauger 1 lb. 8 oz.
Shad, American 6 lb. 0 oz.
Sucker, Redhorse 6 lb. 0 oz.
Sucker, White 2 lb. 8 oz.
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed 1 lb. 0 oz.
Trout, Brook* 3 lb. 0 oz.
Trout, Brown
Great Lakes 16 lb. 0 oz.
Inland Lakes 7 lb. 0 oz.
Inland Streams 3 lb. 8 oz.
Trout, Lake
Great Lakes 16 lb. 0 oz.
Inland 10 lb. 0 oz.
Trout, Rainbow
Great Lakes 14 lb. 0 oz.
Inland Lakes 5 lb. 0 oz.
Inland Streams 3 lb. 8 oz.
Trout, Splake 8 lb. 0 oz.
Walleye 8 lb. 0 oz.
Whitefish, Lake 4 lb. 0 oz.

* Lakes and ponds containing brook trout brood stock, splake, or recently stocked trophy-sized brook trout are not eligible for NYS brook trout records. Check with your regional fisheries office.

Catch and Release Category
Species Minimum Length
Bass, Largemouth 20 inches
Bass, Smallmouth 18 inches
Bass, Striped (inland)
Hudson and Delaware Rivers 36 inches
Bluegill 10 inches
Carp, Common 36 inches
Crappie, Black or White 14 inches
Muskellunge
Lake Erie. 54 inches
All other waters 48 inches
Muskellunge, Tiger 36 inches
Perch, Yellow 14 inches
Pickerel, Chain 25 inches
Pike, Northern 36 inches
Salmon, Atlantic
Great Lakes 30 inches
Inland 24 inches
Salmon, Chinook 40 inches
Salmon, Coho 33 inches
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed 10 inches
Trout, Brook 18 inches
Trout, Brown
Great Lakes 32 inches
Inland Lakes 24 inches
Inland Streams 20 inches
Trout, Lake
Great Lakes 34 inches
Inland 30 inches
Trout, Rainbow
Great Lakes 30 inches
Inland Lakes 24 inches
Inland Streams 20 inches
Walleye 25 inches
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