More than 40 anglers reeled in a 2015 Angler Award for outstanding catches, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species.
“The angler award program is a great way to celebrate catching a great fish,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management. “Winners this past year ranged from seven years old to 82 years young and they pulled in all types of species, including 3-pound crappie to an almost 8-pound walleye.”
The Wildlife Resources Division presented 2015 angler award recipients with a certificate and a hat embroidered with the angler’s name and the species and weight of the fish caught OR the length of the fish caught (if catch-and-release).
Qualifications for angler awards include:
- Catching the fish by legal hook and line sport fish methods in Georgia,
- Meeting or exceeding the minimum weight OR length requirements,
- Taking the fish to a division fisheries biologist for positive species identification OR including a clear, side-view photo of the fish for identification purposes,
- Completing and submitting an angler award application to: Wildlife Resources Division/Angler Award Application, 2070 U.S. Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025. The application is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources.
Other Fishing Recognition Programs
State Records: In addition to the angler award 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.
Kids First Fish Certificate: The division wants to recognize children across the state for catching their first fish with the online kid’s first fish award certificate available at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/kids-fishing.
To view the complete list of 2015 award winners and learn about award criteria, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources or contact the nearest Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management office.