GA DNR’s Angler Award program celebrates anglers and their catches
The Angler Award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
Last year, over 200 anglers won a Georgia Angler Award for outstanding catches and were rewarded for it!
“We’ve had another great year for the Georgia Angler Award program, and we love seeing all of these great fish caught by Georgia anglers,” said Scott Robinson, Head of WRD’s Fisheries Management Section. “The Angler Award program provides multiple opportunities for recognition, including youth and adult anglers, for those who catch big bass and those who catch record fish in our public fishing areas.”
Anglers who submit a successful entry receive a frameable certificate, t-shirt and personalized embroidered hat!
Angler Reward Opportunities:
- Angler-Adult Price: Anglers (aged 16+) can be rewarded for catching quality size fish (fish kept or caught with release) that meet or beat a specific weight or length.
- Fisherman’s Prize-Youth: Anglers (aged 15 and under) can be rewarded for catching quality size fish (fish kept or caught with release) that reach or beat a specific weight or length. Note: Reduced weights and lengths for Young Angler Awards.
- Largemouth Bass Trophy: Recognize catches of largemouth bass weighing more than 10 pounds. Catch one that weighs over 13 pounds? Get a Free Mount Replica!
- PFA registration: Recognize the largest fish of each species caught and correctly documented at each PFA. Species include largemouth bass, black or white crappie, bluegill, red sunfish, and river catfish.
Anglers should review all Angler Award program rules before submitting their application. Find the necessary information including rules, weights/lengths, photo requirements and more at https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/anglerawards.
Other Fishing Recognition Programs:
- Status folders: In addition to the angler reward program, the division also maintains a freshwater fish state record program for anglers who land a catch that exceeds the existing record catch weight by one ounce or more. More information at https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules.
- Kids First Fish Certificate: The division wants to reward children statewide for catching their first fish with an online certificate for the “first fish” available at https://georgiawildlife.com/my-first.
- Georgia Bass Slam: Recognize anglers who catch five or more of the 10 species of black bass found in Georgia in a calendar year. Find more information about www.bassslam.com.
Are you looking for a certified scale? Whether applying for a fisherman’s award (by weight) or trying to certify a new state record, fish must be weighed on a scale that has been certified accurate by the Department of Agriculture. of the GA. Find a list of certified scales on https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources (see under “Angler Recognition Programs”). Can’t find a certified scale near you in the list? Check with your nearby grocery or hardware store or local marina.
There are no better days than those spent on the water with friends and family, but an Angler Award just might make that fishing trip even more special. More information about fishing in Georgia at https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources.