Rules and Regulations for State Record Bow-and-Arrow Award


  1. Fish must be caught legally by a bow and arrow device only from Illinois waters to qualify for a state record bow- and-arrow award. Fish caught by underwater spear gun, spear, gig, pitch fork, hook and line, trot line, jugs, bank poles, nets, seines, and snagging are not eligible.
  2. Fish caught from Licensed Daily Fee Fishing Areas are not eligible.
  3. Total length is to be measured from the tip of the snout, with mouth closed to the tip of the tail to the nearest 1/8 inch. Girth is measured at the greatest distance around the fish circumference).
  4. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to reject an entry based upon its investigation on the identification, methods used in catching, and the accuracy of measurement and weighing.
  5. Each bow-and-arrow STATE RECORD award application must be accompanied by a clear, side-view photograph of the fish caught, preferably of the angler with the fish and cannot be returned.
  6. Fish entered for a bow-and-arrow STATE RECORD award must be weighed on a scale certified legal for trade in front of two witnesses.
  7. A fish entered for STATE RECORD fish must be kept intact until it has been certified, and when necessary, genetically confirmed by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fishery Biologist.
  8. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reserves the right to reproduce, duplicate, or otherwise copy, via a body cast, any certified STATE RECORD fish. Duplicate mounts will be used solely by the Department for display purposes and will acknowledge the record holder.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is requesting this information as outlined under the Fish Code, Chapter 515.