Big Catch Eligible Species


The following species are eligible for a Big Catch Certificate, or state record certification, from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Check the specific species for the current state record, and Big Catch qualifying sizes. Remember you only need to exceed the length or weight stipulated for adults or youth (under 16 years of age) to qualify. Clicking Fishing Tips and Info will provide additional identification clues, and info on the fish's habitat and biology, as well as tips for catching them. You can determine their range in Florida by visiting the Fish Range Finder. Images are thanks to Duane Raver, Jr. and Diane Rome Peebles.

 

Black Bass
Largemouth Bass


State Record:
17.27 lbs| Uncertified Record: 20.13 lbs
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
8.00 lbs | 24 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
6 lbs | 18 inches
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SPECIAL TROPHYCATCH REWARDS PROGRAM
Black bass catches over 8 pounds are now eligible for a TrophyCatch award. TrophyCatch recognition is divided into three separate categories:

  • Lunker Club (8-9.99 pounds)
  • Trophy Club (10-12.99 pound)
  • Hall of Fame Club (13 pounds or greater)

For more information about eligiblity and prizing, click here.

Shoal Bass


State Record:
Vacant.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.00 lbs | 16 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs | 12 inches
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Spotted Bass


State Record:
3.75 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.00 lbs | 16 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs | 12 inches
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Suwannee Bass


State Record:
3.89 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs | 14 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.00 lbs | 11 inches
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Panfish
Black Crappie


State Record:
3.83 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.00 lbs. | 14 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs | 10 inches
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Bluegill


State Record:
2.95 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.00 lb. | 10 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.75 lbs | 8 inches
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Flier


State Record:
1.35 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.50 lbs. | 8 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.40 lbs | 6 inches
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Redbreast Sunfish


State Record:
2.08 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.50 lbs. | 9 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.40 lbs | 7 inches
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Redear Sunfish


State Record:
4.86 lbs. Big Catch: 11 inches total length or 1.25 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.25 lbs. | 11 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.00 lbs | 8 inches
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Spotted Sunfish


State Record:
0.83 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.50 lbs. | 7 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.40 inches | 5 inches
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Warmouth Sunfish


State Record:
2.44 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.50 lbs | 9 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.40 lbs | 7 inches
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Temperate Bass
Striped Bass


State Record:
42.25 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
12.00 lbs. | 30 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
9.00 lbs | 22 inches
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Sunshine Bass


State Record:
16.31 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
5.00 lbs | 20 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.50 lbs | 15 inches
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White Bass


State Record:
4.69 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.50 lbs. | 15 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.75 lbs | 11 inches
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Catfish
Blue Catfish


State Record:
64.5 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
25 lbs | 36 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
18.75 lbs | 27 inches
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Brown Bullhead


State Record:
7.02 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.00 lbs | 16 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs | 12 inches
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Channel Catfish


State Record:
44.50 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
12.00 lbs | 25 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
9 lbs | 19 inches
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Flathead Catfish


State Record:
55.05 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
25 lbs | 36 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
18.75 lbs | 27 inches
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White Catfish


State Record:
18.88 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
5.00 lbs | 22 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.75 lbs | 16 inches
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Yellow Bullhead


State Record:
5.05 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs | 14 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.00 lbs | 10 inches
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Other Native
American Shad


State Record:
5.19 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.00 lbs. | 18 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.25 lbs | 13 inches
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Bowfin or Mudfish


State Record:
19.0 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
8.00 lbs. | 28 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
6.00 lbs | 21 inches
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Chain Pickerel


State Record:
6.96 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.00 lbs. | 22 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
2.25 lbs | 17 inches
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Florida gar


State Record:
9.44 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
4.00 lbs. | 28 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.00 lbs | 21 inches
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Longnose Gar


State Record:
41.0 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
15.00 lbs. | 40 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
11.00 lbs | 30 inches
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Spotted Gar


State Record:
9.44 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
4 lbs. | 28"
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3 lbs. | 21"
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Other Non-Native
Blue Tilapia


State Record:
9.38 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
5.00 lbs. | 18 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.75 inches | 13 inches
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Butterfly Peacock Bass


State Record:
9.08 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
4.00 lbs. | 18 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
3.00 lbs | 13 inches
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Common Carp


State Record:
Vacant. Qualifying size: 35 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
20 lbs. | 30 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
15.00 lbs | 22 inches
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Jaguar Guapote


State Record:
Vacant. Qualifying size: 2 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.50 lbs. | 13 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.00 lbs | 10 inches
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Mayan Cichlid


State Record:
Vacant. Qualifying size: 2 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.00 lb. | 11 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.75 lbs | 8 inches
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Oscar


State Record:
2.34 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
1.25 lbs. | 11 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.75 lbs | 8 inches
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Yellow Perch


State Record:
1.47 lbs.
BigCatch:
To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).
Adult Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.75 lbs. | 12 inches
Youth Category Minimum Weight and Length:
0.50 lbs | 9 inches
More details