Native Fish-Slam Program

Native Fish

The Native Fish-Slam program is intended to excite anglers in catching Nevada’s native sport fish. Six native salmonid species occur throughout central and northern Nevada. These include Lahontan, Bonneville, and Yellowstone cutthroat trout, inland redband trout, bull trout, and mountain whitefish. Click here to see a list of waters where these fish inhabit. By participating in this program, we hope that you will gain an appreciation for Nevada’s native sport fish and help support recovery, preservation, and management efforts by Nevada Department of Wildlife. Anglers completing this program will receive a certificate and customized hat.

New in 2018, anglers may now earn additional Native Fish-Slams. Once you finish your first Native Fish-Slam by catching all six fish and receive a certificate and custom hat, you may then enter fish into a subsequent slam as long as it is at least one month after your previous slam. You cannot work on more than one slam at one time. You will be recognized with a certificate after completing each Native Fish- Slam, but you may only receive a custom hat when finishing your first Native Fish-Slam.

Ground Rules of the Program

  1. Fish must be taken legally from Nevada waters.
  2. A photograph must be provided of the angler posing with the fish at the water where caught. (All photos submitted are then the property of NDOW and may be used in NDOW publications.)
  3. There is no time limit for completing the Native Fish-Slam Program, but an entry form must be submitted within 60 days of a fish being caught (NDOW will maintain angler records).
  4. No weight or length measurements are required to enter this program.
  5. Only one certificate per angler’s life time will be awarded once all species of fish have been entered.
  6. As of March 1, 2018 an angler may complete additional, consecutive Native Fish-Slams; however, fish for a succeeding slam cannot be caught and entered within one month after the preceding slam is finished and awarded. The same rules apply for entering into subsequent Native Fish-Slams. Only a certificate will be awarded for additional Native Fish-Slams.
  7. Anglers are encouraged to also submit fish into the Nevada Trophy Fish Program if it meets the minimum weight qualification (must complete a Nevada Trophy Fish entry form).
  8. NDOW has the right to accept or reject/disqualify any entry form submitted, and any decision made by the NDOW Trophy Fish Committee (Fisheries Chief, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, and Staff Sport Fish Coordinator) is final.

Download the Fish Slam Entry Form

Mail entries and photos to:
Fisheries Division
Nevada Department of Wildlife
6980 Sierra Center Pkwy Suite 120
Reno, NV 89511