Only species listed and meeting minimum weight requirements will qualify for recognition sticker and certificate. Only one application may be made for each species in a lifetime.
Anglers must harvest fish by legal methods as described in the North Dakota fishing guide, from North Dakota waters open to public fishing.
Entries must be weighed on scale used in trade.
An application card must be filled out, giving weight and length of fish, date and where caught, signature of applicant, and signature of person weighing the fish. Only one application may be made for each species in a lifetime. Applications must be submitted within 90 days of when the fish was caught.
Print, fill out, and mail to the Department. Or, take a clear phone photo of the completed application with signatures and email to Game and Fish at email@example.com, with "Whopper Club application" in the subject line. These cannot be completed online, because they require signatures.
Catch and Release Club
Nineteen species of fish qualify for Catch and Release Club. Entries must meet minimum length requirements and be released unharmed back to the water. Another angler must witness and verify the measurement and release.
Qualifying anglers will receive a recognition sticker and certificate. Game and Fish will recognize five entries per year per species. Applications must be submitted within 90 days of when the fish was caught.
Print, fill out, and mail to the Department. Or, take a clear phone photo of the completed application with signatures and email to Game and Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Catch and Release Club application" in the subject line. Applications cannot be completed online as they require signatures.
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Whopper Club and Catch and Release Club data search, including state record fish. Direct data connection to fishing club data entry.
Fishing Club Species and Length Requirements Table
|Game Fish||Whopper||Catch and Release|
|Bluegill||1 lbs 8 oz||11 Inches|
|Brown Trout||5 lbs||21 Inches|
|Burbot (Ling)||8 lbs||28 Inches|
|Channel Catfish||12 lbs||30 Inches|
|Chinook Salmon||12 lbs|
|Crappie||1 lbs 8 oz||13 Inches|
|Cutthroat Trout||5 lbs||21 Inches|
|Lake Trout||5 lbs||24 Inches|
|Largemouth Bass||5 lbs||18 Inches|
|Northern Pike||20 lbs||32 Inches|
|Pure Muskellunge||25 lbs||40 Inches|
|Rainbow Trout||5 lbs||21 Inches|
|Sauger||4 lbs||20 Inches|
|Saugeye||8 lbs||25 Inches|
|Smallmouth Bass||3 lbs||16 Inches|
|Tiger Muskellunge||25 lbs||40 Inches|
|Walleye||8 lbs||25 Inches|
|White Bass||3 lbs||16 Inches|
|Yellow Perch||1 lbs 12 oz||13 Inches|
|Zander||8 lbs||25 Inches|
|Black Bullhead||2 lbs|
|Buffalo Species||15 lbs|
|Cisco||1 lbs 12 oz|
|Common Carp||15 lbs|
|Freshwater Drum||6 lbs|
|Lake Whitefish||4 lbs|