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2020 Entry Form

SPECIES

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6
KEPT C&R KEPT C&R KEPT C&R KEPT C&R KEPT C&R KEPT C&R
lbs.
inches
lbs.
inches
lbs.
inches
lbs.
inches
lbs.
inches
lbs.
inches
Largemouth Bass
22
10
24
6½*
22*
22
22
-
-
Smallmouth Bass
5
20
5
20
5
20
21
21
-
-
Spotted Bass
3
18
5
20
5
20
-
-
-
-
-
-
White Bass
17
3
18
17
17
17
-
-
Striped Bass
22
36
28
37
28
37
-
-
-
-
35
40
Hybrid Striped Bass
9
24
10
26
9
24
-
-
-
-
-
Bluegill
11
11
11
11
11
-
-
Redear Sunfish
13
13
13
-
-
-
-
-
-
Crappie (Black or White)
2
14
15
15
2
14
2
14
-
-
Yellow Perch
15
15
15
15
15
-
-
Sauger
3
21
3
21
3
21
3
21
3
21
-
-
Walleye
10
30
10
30
10
30
10
30
10
30
-
-
Saugeye
6
25
6
25
6
25
6
25
6
25
-
-
Northern Pike
17
40
12
36
12
36
22
43
17
40
-
-
Muskellunge
28
46
28
46
20
40
30
48
28
46
-
-
Hybrid Muskie
18
38
18
38
18
38
18
38
18
38
-
-
Blue Catfish
40
42
40
42
30
38
-
-
-
-
-
-
Channel Catfish
18
30
20
32
20
32
20
32
18
30
-
-
Flathead Catfish
44
42
40
42
35
40
25
36
25
36
-
-
Chinook Salmon
20
36
-
-
-
-
-
-
28
40
40
45
Coho Salmon
12
32
-
-
12
32
-
-
12
32
16
34
Brown Trout
8
24
10
27
10
27
8
24
16
32
-
-
Rainbow Trout/Steelhead
8
24
8
24
8
24
8
24
14
30
18
38
Brook Trout
3
18
3
18
3
18
4
19
4
19
-
-
Lake Trout
16
34
12
32
20
35
22
36
16
34
-
-
Carp (Common or Grass)
25
34
25
34
25
34
25
34
25
34
-
-
Chain Pickerel
4
24
4
24
-
-
4
24
-
-
-
-

Achievement Awards

Anglers who enter qualifying fish receive a Master Angler patch (one per year) and species chevron.

Selective Harvest

Selective Harvest is wise conservation of our natural resources. It maintains a tradition of harvesting some fish to eat, as they’re nutritious, delicious, and renewable when harvested wisely. Large predators and large panfish must be released to sustain good fishing. Only numerous and smaller fish should be kept.

Recognition Certificate

In each region, anglers who enter the largest kept or largest released fish of a species receive a Master Angler parchment certificate suitable for framing.

Recognition Plaque

Anglers who enter a state-record fish qualify for a personalized Master Angler plaque.

Rules for 2020

  1. In-Fisherman readers and television viewers are eligible to apply for Master Angler awards.
  2. Fish must be taken by angling and in accordance with regulations of the state or province where the fish was caught.
  3. Each official qualifying fish entry form must be submitted individually within 30 days of the catch (no exceptions). If fishing alone, the witness verification section may be omitted for released fish. Otherwise, all sections (including a witness) must be completed.
  4. Each entry must be accompanied by one clear, standard-size, sideview photograph (no videos) of the fish, preferably of the angler with the fish. Photographs of released fish must be taken at the catch site (no exceptions). No driveway or baitshop shots for catch & release fish are acceptable. Entries without photos, and illegible or incomplete entries, will be disqualified and not returned.
  5. Kept fish must be witnessed, and weighed on a scale.
  6. Measure released fish from the tip of the nose (with mouth closed) to the tip of the tail. Quickly photograph and release the fish. Don’t hang fish to be released on a scale; impale them on a gaff, or place them on a stringer. Fish showing signs of improper handling will be disqualified.
  7. Include a brief description of how the fish was caught.
  8. Entry and photograph become the property of In-Fisherman with publication and television rights. We are not responsible for lost or misplaced entries. Photos cannot be returned.
  9. The awards program runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Entries must be received by Jan. 15, 2021, to qualify for the 2020 program.
  10. Each entry is reviewed by the awards committee whose decision is final.
  11. For each species, only one kept and two released fish may be entered during the awards program year (no upgrading allowed).
  12. Each entry must be submitted by angler catching fish and not by guide service or fishing lodge.

Master Angler Entry Form

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* All entries eligible to win one of ten Plano® Guide Series Tackle Bags and Frabill Trophy Haul nets.

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