The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says test results from its lab in Nova Scotia have confirmed that the biggest fish caught in a Valentine's Day derby on Dildo Pond is a salmon, not a trout.

It means the 5.6-pound fish landed by angler Owen White is disqualified under the rules of the annual competition, hosted by Buy & Sell Magazine.

So what's next for magazine owner Terry Snow?

"I don't know yet. I'm still waiting," Snow said Friday.

He said a fisheries officer also confiscated the second biggest fish landed in the derby and he doesn't know what happened to it.

"There's really not a whole lot of fun in this for me right now," said Snow.

There are more than $30,000 worth of prizes, including a Honda side-by-side vehicle, up for grabs.

Terry Snow

Terry Snow, the owner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Buy & Sell Magazine, says he's not sure what his next step will be. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

What are the options?

Snow said his dilemma is that many fishers didn't bother to weigh their catch after seeing the top contenders.

"I don't have fish number five or six or seven because they were thrown back into the pond," he said.

How big a list does he have?

"Not enough."

Snow said he will try to find a solution by next week.

"I gotta find a way that is fair that everybody will accept. Prizes will be awarded. I'm just not sure how."

Snow said one option is to hold a raffle.

"The other one is do we put a rule in place allowing everything caught to be accounted for?"

That means salmon would be eligible, instead of limiting entries to brown trout.

Owen White

Owen White of New Harbour says he's not giving up, and repeated his vow to call a lawyer. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

Owen White, meanwhile, said he's not giving up.

"I'm going to seek legal advice," he told CBC Friday. "Why should I have to suffer for their lack of due diligence?"

White said the derby organizers should have known what species of fish were in the pond and made arrangements to keep contenders alive in a holding tank, since it's not legal to catch and keep salmon.

Snow said given the hundreds of competitors taking part in the derby, fisheries officers should keep a closer eye on the event.

"They don't need an invitation," he said.