Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I have a picture of a fish I caught, but it is not on a tape measure. It is obviously over the length limit for the species. Can I still submit it?
A: We will review every fish you want to submit. We understand that you may have caught a qualifying fish before you knew about our process and you still want to submit it. However, these images will be under much higher scrutiny and more intense review and, if there is any question as to the qualification, it will be denied.
Q: I have a line class record in the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Can I submit that fish with you?
A: You bet. If you still have the picture, we would love to have you submit it as well. If not, you can provide the other information in the application and then a picture of your name and fish size from the record book and we will honor that submission, as long as it also meets our requirement on the species.
Q: How long will I have to wait for my certificate and decals to arrive?
A: We do our best to review submissions daily and mail out new member Certificates of Recognition weekly. Sometimes things happen and we run low on Certificates and/or decals and mail-outs are delayed slightly. A safe bet is to count on your items to arrive no longer than 3 weeks after submission.
Q: I don’t see a fish listed on the qualification page but I caught a really big one. Can I submit it?
A: We will review every fish you want to submit. If we receive enough submissions for a particular fish that we don’t currently recognize, we will add it to the list and your submission will already be in place. You won’t have to pay for anything until the category is built and your fish is approved, so submitting the fish and request is still free!
Q: I don’t see any saltwater fish listed. Am I missing them or do you not offer membership for salt water trophies?
A: We are planning to expand to saltwater fish very soon. Please go ahead and submit your fish so we have it on file and we will get back to you when our saltwater division is open.
Q: I live in the U.S. but the fish I caught was when I was out of the country. Can I still submit it?
A: YES!  This is an organization for the people who catch the fish, not just the fish themselves. If you had the opportunity to catch huge largemouth bass in Mexico, massive salmon in British Columbia, or monster brown trout in New Zealand, and you live in the U.S., you can submit your fish!