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Master Angler Highlights 2013

Some of the biggest freshwater fish caught coast to coast, from Mexico through Canada.

Master Angler Highlights 2013

We're halfway through the 2014 fishing season, so it's high time to review this past season's Master Angler Award winners. These fortunate anglers have recorded some of the biggest freshwater fish caught coast to coast, from Mexico through Canada (click here to view the entire list of 2013 Master Anglers).

Veteran Master Anglers recognize that this report represents a great resource for finding waters that produce giant fish, as well as prime times to visit. Among pike catches, for example, two of the four 50-inchers came from Alaska. But for fish in the mid- to upper-40-inch range, the Taltson River and Lac Seul have been outstanding, particularly in late summer.

Bob Daly of Indiana once again traveled to Alaska's Cinder River to catch the two biggest coho salmon, targeting the early September period. And for the second year in a row, Minnesota's Leech Lake produced the program's biggest muskie, 56 inches long. You can find timing and locational tidbits for every species with sufficient entries from public waters (Click here to view the entire list of 2013 Master Anglers).

It was another great year for catfish, too, highlighted by Ty Konkle's 54.75-inch flathead from the Tennessee River, along with three other 50-inchers. For big channel cats, results from the Red River of the North show it's tops.

Last season we added a category for spotted bass. So far, no one has submitted for a trophy spot. Folks, they're out there. A new world record fish was taken in California and we just received a photo of a 5-fish limit of spots that weighed over 40 pounds!

Catch a lunker, check size requirements for that species and the rules of the program, then fill out an application found in In-Fisherman or at in-fisherman.com.

Check out these noteworthy Master Angler fish photos:

Gary Harmon - 13.5" Redear Sunfish

Species: Redear Sunfish 
Angler: Gary Harmon 
Length: 13.5 Inches 
Weight: 2 Pounds 6 Ounces 
Location: Res, VA

David Worden - 50" Blue Catfish

Species: Blue Catfish 
Angler: David Worden 
Length: 50 Inches 
Location: James River, VA

Matthew Schwark - 35 pounds, 8 ounces

Species: Chinook Salmon 
Angler: Mathew Schwark 
Location: Lake Michigan, MI
Weight: 35 Pounds 8 Ounces

Daniel Long - 15.75" Crappie

Species: Crappie 
Angler: Daniel Long 
Length: 15.75 Inches 
Location: Res, UT

Ty Konkle - 54.75" Flathead Catfish

Species: Flathead Catfish
Angler: Ty Konkle
Location: Tennessee River, TN
Length: 54.75 inches

Joe Rottkamp - 48" Northern Pike

Species: Northern Pike 
Angler: Joe Rottkamp
Location: Lake Wollaston, SK, Canada 
Length: 48 Inches

Aaron Nichols - 23" Smallmouth Bass

Species: Smallmouth Bass 
Angler: Aaron Nichols
Location: Lake Erie, OH
Length: 23 Inches

David Tanner - 40" Striped Bass

Species: Striped Bass 
Angler: David Tanner 
Length: 40 Inches 
Location: Piney Run River, MD

Todd Wendorf - 33" Brown Trout

Species: Brown Trout 
Angler: John Ferencak 
Length: 33 Inches 
Location: New York

Bob Daly - 34.75" Coho Salmon

Species: Coho Salmon 
Angler: Bob Daly 
Length: 34.75 Inches 
Location: Cinder River, AK

Steve Cicciarelli - 27.5" Largemouth Bass

Species: Largemouth Bass 
Angler: Steve Cicciarelli 
Length: 27.5 Inches 
Location: Big Lake, IL

Danny Gagner - 56" Muskellunge

Species: Muskellunge 
Angler: Danny Gagner 
Length: 56 Inches 
Location: Leech Lake, MN

Bill Hegyi - 30.5" Walleye

Species: Walleye 
Angler: Bill Hegyi
Location: Fox River, WI
Length: 30.5 Inches

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