How to Apply for a Possible Arkansas State Record Striped Bass.

Arkansas State Record Fish Information and application.

To apply for a Arkansas state record fish, the angler must submit a completed Arkansas State Record Fish Application which is printed below.

RULES OF RECOGNITION

  • A fisheries professional must identify the species of 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 must sign the application or a separate document confirming the fish’s weight.
     

  • Only that weight witnessed at the official weigh in will be acceptable, regardless of the fish’s weight when it was caught. On all record claims, witnesses to the catch are highly desirable.
    Unwitnessed catches may be disallowed if questions arise regarding their authenticity.
     

  • Any fish establishing a new record weight will be considered, regardless of the size and species.
     

  • One ounce graduations 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 the fish’s normal weight. To assure the integrity of the record listings, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission may reject any fish believed to have been taken in violation of the official rules for recognition. Its decision will be final.
     

  • The fish mush have been legally caught in Arkansas waters where a sport fishing license is required.
    This rules out fish taken from hatcheries and pay lakes.
     

  • Fish taken from club waters and private ponds will be considered if all other requirements are met.
     

  • The fish must be caught on rod or pole using hook and line.
     

  • Fish caught on handheld snagging equipment will be considered if taken form 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 help in netting or gaffing.

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For a copy of the state fish records, write:
Fish Records Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Communications Division
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

 
State Record Fish Application
ANGLER INFORMATION
Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
Address _________________________________________________________________________________
City _________________________________________________ State _______________ Zip___________
Telephone: Home ________________________________ Business ______________________________
Fishing License Number ____________________________________________________________________
 
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT

Common Name ______________________________
Scientific Name (Optional) _____________________

METHOD OF FISHING
Conventional rod and reel
Snagging
Other (describe)

Bait/lure used ________________________________
SPECIES IDENTIFICATION

The undersigned, being a professional fisheries
person, do hereby verify the identity of the described
fish:

Name (print) _________________________________
Address ____________________________________
City _________________ State ______ Zip _______
Telephone ___________________________________
Title ________________________________________
Place of employment __________________________
Signature ___________________________________

WITNESS(ES) TO THE CATCH
 (Optional, but recommended. See rules.)

Name (print) _________________________________
Address ____________________________________
City _________________ State ______ Zip _______
Telephone ___________________________________
Signature ___________________________________
Name (print) _________________________________
Address ____________________________________
City _________________ State ______ Zip _______
Telephone ___________________________________
Signature ___________________________________
 
DATE AND LOCATION OF CATCH

Date (month, day, year) ________________________
Location (name of lake, river, etc.) _______________
County/nearest town __________________________
Specific location on river or lake (optional) ________
___________________________________________

MEASUREMENTS OF FISH (optional)
Total length, tip of nose to tip of tail ______________
Fork length, tip of nose to ‘V’ in tail ______________
Girth, around fish in front of dorsal fin ____________

WEIGH-IN INFORMATION
Fish weight: Pounds _________ Ounces ________
Location of scale (name of store, etc., nearest town)
___________________________________________

Date scale last certified ________________________

The undersigned, being an employee of the AGFC or
the USFWS, does hereby verify the weight of the
described fish.

___________________________________________
Signature of witness

___________________________________________
Title of witness

(Note: Weigh-in must be witnessed by an Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission or U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service employee.)

PHOTO INFORMATION (optionaI)
Is a photo enclosed?
Yes_  No_

If yes, check one:

PIease return photo._

The AGFC may keep the photo
 and use it for publicity purposes_

STATEMENT OF APPLICANT
By my signature, I certify that the information on this application is correct and that the fish described was
caught by me in accordance with state-record rules.
________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature

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