Eligible Species

There are a total of 74 eligible game fish species in the IGFA’s Annual Fishing Contest. No other species than those listed will be eligible for the Contest.

The species that are eligible for the Fishing Contest were not only selected for their popularity, but also based on conservation concerns. Absent are popular recreational species such as billfish, bluefin tuna and sharks. These species were omitted from the contest because of their decreasing population trends and because they are not good candidates for being released after they are weighed.

While a number of eligible species are routinely caught and retained by anglers because they are highly regarded as table fare, we encourage all participants to release as many fish as possible so they can contribute to the next generation of fish and anglers, alike. Although IGFA rules prohibit the weighing of fish on boats, many of the species selected for the contest can be caught, properly documented and safely released at or near the site of capture. IGFA encourages anglers to do their utmost to release fish in the best possible condition to ensure the highest probability of their survival. Click here for some best practices that will give your fish the best chance for survival.

Freshwater

Asp

Asp

Barbel

Barbel

Barramundi

Barramundi

Bass, largemouth

Bass, largemouth

Bass, smallmouth

Bass, smallmouth

Carp, common

Carp, common

Catfish, blue

Catfish, blue

Catfish, flathead

Catfish, flathead

Catfish, redtail (pirarara)

Catfish, redtail (pirarara)

Char, Arctic

Char, Arctic

Dorado

Dorado

Grayling

Grayling

Grayling, Arctic

Grayling, Arctic

Muskellunge

Muskellunge

Peacock, Orinoco

Peacock, Orinoco

Peacock, speckled

Peacock, speckled

Perch, Nile

Perch, Nile

Pike, northern

Pike, northern

Salmon, Atlantic

Salmon, Atlantic

Salmon, Chinook

Salmon, Chinook

Salmon, chum

Salmon, chum

Salmon, coho

Salmon, coho

Salmon, pink

Salmon, pink

Salmon, sockeye

Salmon, sockeye

Snakehead

Snakehead

Snapper, Papuan black

Snapper, Papuan black

Taimen

Taimen

Tigerfish

Tigerfish

Trout, brook

Trout, brook

Trout, brown

Trout, brown

Trout, bull

Trout, bull

Trout, cutthroat

Trout, cutthroat

Trout, lake

Trout, lake

Trout, rainbow

Trout, rainbow

Walleye

Walleye

Wels

Wels

Zander

Zander

Saltwater

Albacore

Albacore

Amberjack, greater

Amberjack, greater

Barracuda, great

Barracuda, great

Bass, European

Bass, European

Bass, kelp (calico)

Bass, kelp (calico)

Bass, striped

Bass, striped

Bluefish

Bluefish

Bonefish

Bonefish

Cobia

Cobia

Dentex

Dentex

Dolphinfish

Dolphinfish

Drum, red

Drum, red

Grouper, black

Grouper, black

Halibut, Pacific

Halibut, Pacific

Jack, crevalle

Jack, crevalle

Jack, Pacific crevalle

Jack, Pacific crevalle

Leerfish (Garrick)

Leerfish (Garrick)

Mackerel, king

Mackerel, king

Mackerel, narrowbarred

Mackerel, narrowbarred

Permit

Permit

Roosterfish

Roosterfish

Seabass, Japanese (Suzuki)

Seabass, Japanese (Suzuki)

Seabass, white

Seabass, white

Seatrout, spotted

Seatrout, spotted

Snapper (squirefish)

Snapper (squirefish)

Snapper, mutton

Snapper, mutton

Snapper, Pacific cubera

Snapper, Pacific cubera

Snook, Atlantic

Snook, Atlantic

Snook, Pacific

Snook, Pacific

Swordfish

Swordfish

Trevally, giant

Trevally, giant

Tuna, bigeye

Tuna, bigeye

Tuna, dogtooth

Tuna, dogtooth

Tuna, yellowfin

Tuna, yellowfin

Wahoo

Wahoo

Yellowtail, California

Yellowtail, California

Yellowtail, southern

Yellowtail, southern