Any angler who catches, by pole or line, any one fish species meeting the length requirements may qualify for the Kentucky Trophy Fish Program (eligible species list). Species must be caught in Kentucky waters but cannot be from pay lakes, hatcheries or taken from commercial propagation facilities. Each qualified angler will receive a collectable Kentucky Trophy Fish lapel pin. The pin the angler receives may not have the same fish on it as the qualifying fish caught. Each year’s pin will have a different species of fish on it, along with the year. The Kentucky Trophy Fish collector pin will be mailed bulk after February 1st."
There is also a Master Angler category for anglers who catch three different Kentucky Trophy Fish qualifying species in a. There is no time limit in which the three different species must be caught, provided each catch has been documented and registered as a trophy fish with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources."