Since the 1940s, LOWA has curated the Louisiana Fresh and Saltwater, Rod & Reel and Fly Fish Records. Every year LOWA honors the anglers voted by the LOWA Fish Records Committee to have had the most significant catch in the previous year in both Rod & Reel and Fly Fishing Divisions.
- Application must be filled out completely – missing information may result in disqualification.
- Species must be listed in current records.
- All species of fish must be examined by a Fish Biologist from the Louisiana Dept. Of Wildlife & Fisheries or a Biologist or recognized authority from a local college or university. Physical examination if it’s a new #1 record, or by photo for 2nd – 10th place. That individual will correctly identify the species, verify all data and will check the fish for any signs of mutilation from shooting, foul hooking, snagging or other violations.
- A $25.00 (non-refundable) Money Order or personal check must accompany each individual application to cover verification expenses. It should be made out to: LOWA Fish Records.
- Any member of LOWA in the State will assist participants in completing the application.
The current records are for fish that rank in the Top Ten in species weight. Anglers whose catches are ranked in the Top Ten in state records will receive a certificate from LOWA and will be eligible for the LOWA Fish of the Year Award!
If you wish to participate in the Fish Records, download the appropriate form, fill in on your computer, then print & sign (Applicant, 2 Witnesses and Fish Biologist). Once signed, include the form, photographs and fees to submit for consideration (Please note: all applications are held for 30 days before certification is sent to allow for rebuttals):
For first place submissions only, a physical I.D. at a Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries location is required. Click here for a list.
If you need to identify your fish first, submit for visual inspection by carefully filling the form below. Include at least one high resolution photo of each side (head to tail) and one of the head. Freshwater fish will be identified by Ricky Moses, Saltwater fish will be identified by Jason Adriance.
The Louisiana Big Game Records are compiled by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Wildlife Division. The Louisiana Big Game Records Program was initiated in 1979 by LOWA. The program is based on the Boone and Crockett system for White-Tailed Deer. In addition to White-Tailed Deer, a category was established for Wild Turkey. The Wild Turkey measuring system is based on spur measurements in millimeters. Categories include: Firearm, Archery, Crossbow & Muzzleloader.
In 1992, LDWF’s Deer Program and LOWA expanded the records program to include a three-year Louisiana Big Game Recognition Program. The Recognition Program recognizes deer and turkey that meet the minimum recognition requirements over a three-year span. Minimums for the recognition program are listed alongside the all-time requirements.
To be eligible, game must be measured by either a Boone and Crockett or LDWF certified measurer. All entries must be submitted by the Certified Measurer on an official score sheet; only net scores are considered for entry. LDWF certified measurers offer scoring at no charge to the public.
Big Game Records & Recognition Lists are viewable on the LDWF website.