Big Bass Contest

Can you catch the biggest bass? Fish for bass between June 28, 2019 and Sept. 2, 2019 and enter into the Big Bass Contest. #WABassWeek

Smiling angler on a boat holding a big largemouth bass.
Dallas Murrey

Participating is easy, just follow these instructions:

  1. Fish for bass in Washington between June 28 and Sept. 2.
  2. Weigh and measure your bass. (Watch video on how to properly handle, measure, and weigh bass for the contest)
  3. Take a picture of your catch and of the fish's weight and length. See below for additional entry options and photo criteria. 
  4. Submit your photos with your name, location, bass measurements, and email address by midnight Sept. 3 using the form below.
  5. Winners will be announced on Sept. 6 on the WDFW Facebook page. Winners will also be notified via email.

Prizes will be awarded for first and second place courtesy of Bass Pro Shops. Prizes range in value from $25 to $80. 

To participate in the Big Bass Contest, you must have caught the submitted fish yourself in accordance with the rules and regulations at the time of the catch. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The angler must be properly licensed .
  • The angler must use legal gear (moreover, for angler recognition the gear must be an active hook-and-line method, which does not include bush hooks, trotlines, or bow).
  • The angler must be fishing in fresh water, where the angler has legal access.
  • The angler must abide by all size, bag, season, and location-specific fishing regulations.

Three ways to enter (choose one):

Option 1: Photo

  • Use the form below to submit a photo of entire fish (displaying head-to-tail, with no part of the fish cut out of the photo) on the scale with the weight showing. 

    • Hand scales must be held by the designated handle without interfering with or touching the chain, shaft, or the fish while weighing.

    • When using a pan scale where a type of weighing bin (e.g., basket, tub, pan etc.) is used to hold the fish on the scale, the submitted photo must include the entire fish, then entire weighing bin (showing all sides) and the scale with the weight visible.

    • All scales, including pan scales, should be properly tared in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Submit a photo with the fish on a bump-board or tape-measure. Girth photos are also encouraged. 

  • Ensure that the date is showing somewhere in the picture. For example, the date could be written on a piece of paper and displayed next to the fish.
Diagram illustrating the proper method for measuring a fish

Option 2: Link

  • Email outreach@dfw.wa.gov with a link to a specific tournament, sponsor, published newspaper, or magazine website with official results, including your name and verified weight of the individual fish, along with the date and location of the tournament. Use the actual link to the public accessible website that shows specific catch details.

Option 3: Photo copy

  • Email outreach@dfw.wa.gov with a photo copy of an official, printed, tournament weigh slip with the tournament information that includes your name and verified weight of the individual fish, date, and tournament location.

Entry Form