Master Angler Highlights 2013

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:

David Worden - 50\'\' Blue Catfish

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

Graeme Shaw - 14\'\' Bluegill

Species: Bluegill
Angler: Graeme Shaw
Length: 14 Inches
Location: Private Pond, AR

Barry Tocher - 20\'\' Brook Trout

Species: Brook Trout
Angler: Barry Tocher
Length: 20 Inches

Herbert Guarascio - 35\'\' Brown Trout

Species: Brown Trout
Angler: Herbert Guarascio
Length: 35 Inches

Todd Wendorf - 34\'\' Brown Trout

Species: Brown Trout
Angler: Todd Wendorf
Length: 34 Inches

Jeff Buckingham - 35\'\' Carp

Species: Carp
Angler: Jeff Buckingham
Length: 35 Inches
Location: Pond, AL

Mike Miller - 25.5\'\' Chain Pickerel

Species: Chain Pickerel
Angler: Mike Miller
Length: 25.5 Inches

Steven Wetzel - 28.25\'\' Chain Pickerel

Species: Chain Pickerel
Angler: Steven Wetzel
Length: 28.25 Inches
Location: Lake Cohoon, VA

Kelly Sabescay - 38.5\'\' Channel Catfish

Species: Channel Catfish
Angler: Kelly Sabescay
Length: 38.5 Inches
Location: Red River, MB

Kenneth Walker - 35\'\' Channel Catfish

Species: Channel Catfish
Angler: Kenneth Walker
Length: 35 Inches

Tyler George - 33\'\' Channel Catfish

Species: Channel Catfish
Angler: Tyler George
Length: 33 Inches

Mathew Schwark - 35.5 Pound Chinook Salmon

Species: Chinook Salmon
Angler: Mathew Schwark
Weight: 35 Pounds 8 Ounces

BoB Daly - 34.75\'\' Coho Salmon

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

Daniel Long - 15.75\'\' Crappie

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

Matt Ress - 16\'\' Crappie

Species: Crappie
Angler: Matt Ress
Length: 16 Inches

Steve Probst - 17\'\' Crappie

Species: Crappie
Angler: Steve Probst
Length: 17 Inches

Blaze Nelson - 47\'\' Flathead Catfish

Species: Flathead Catfish
Angler: Blaze Nelson
Length: 47 Inches
Weight: 56 Pounds
Location: Virginia Lake, NV

Eric Leis - 43\'\' Flathead Catfish

Species: Flathead Catfish
Angler: Eric Leis
Length: 43 Inches

Justin Bair - 48\'\' Flathead Catfish

Species: Flathead Catfish
Angler: Justin Bair
Length: 48 Inches

Matt Pelletie - 45\'\' Hybrid Muskellunge

Species: Hybrid Muskellunge
Angler: Matt Pelletie
Length: 45 Inches
Location: Lake Bluewater, NM

Steve Williams - 45\'\' Hybrid Muskellunge

Species: Hybrid Muskellunge
Angler: Steve Williams
Length: 45 Inches
Location: Canyon Lake, ON

Drew Nelson - 28\'\' Hybrid Striped Bass

Species: Hybrid Striped Bass
Angler: Drew Nelson
Length: 28 Inches

Jesse Date - 26\'\' Hybrid Striped Bass

Species: Hybrid Striped Bass
Angler: Jesse Date
Length: 26 Inches

Natthavipa Huttemeyer - 25.25\'\' Hybrid Striped Bass

Species: Hybrid Striped Bass
Angler: Natthavipa Huttemeyer
Length: 25.25 Inches

Derek Scott - 35\'\' Lake Trout

Species: Lake Trout
Angler: Derek Scott
Length: 35 Inches

Kevin Wolff - 52\'\' Lake Trout

Species: Lake Trout
Angler: Kevin Wolff
Length: 52 Inches
Location: Lac La Martre, NWT

Marlene Lachat - 38\'\' Lake Trout

Species: Lake Trout
Angler: Marlene Lachat
Length: 38 Inches

Catherine Hagerty - 23\'\' Largemouth Bass

Species: Largemouth Bass
Angler: Catherine Hagerty
Length: 23 Inches

Christopher Pereira - 22\'\' Largemouth Bass

Species: Largemouth Bass
Angler: Christopher Pereira
Length: 22 Inches

Steve Cicciarelli - 27.5\'\' Largemouth Bass

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

Chris Moore - 32.5 Pound Muskellunge

Species: Muskellunge
Angler: Chris Moore
Weight: 32 Pounds 8 Ounces
Location: Res, NY

Danny Gagner - 56\'\' Muskellunge

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

Quinn Leonard - 51\'\' Muskellunge

Species: Muskellunge
Angler: Quinn Leonard
Length: 51 Inches

Hunter Anderson - 44.5\'\' Northern Pike

Species: Northern Pike
Angler: Hunter Anderson
Length: 44.5 Inches

Joe Rottkamp - 48\'\' Northern Pike

Species: Northern Pike
Angler: Joe Rottkamp
Length: 48 Inches

Leslie Dalton - 46.5\'\' Northern Pike

Species: Northern Pike
Angler: Leslie Dalton
Length: 46.5 Inches

Gary Harmon - 13.5\'\' Redear Sunfish

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

Aaron Nichols - 23\'\' Smallmouth bass

Species: Smallmouth Bass
Angler: Aaron Nichols
Length: 23 Inches

Matt Heggem - 20\'\' Smallmouth Bass

Species: Smallmouth Bass
Angler: Matt Heggem
Length: 20 Inches

Todd Wendorf - 21\'\' Smallmouth Bass

Species: Smallmouth Bass
Angler: Todd Wendorf
Length: 21 Inches

Chris Langeman - 34\'\' Steelhead

Species: Steelhead
Angler: Christ Langeman
Length: 34 Inches

Rich White - 38\'\' Steelhead

Species: Steelhead
Angler: Rich White
Length: 38 Inches

David Tanner - 40\'\' Striped Bass

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

Matt Morgan - 54\'\' Striped Bass

Species: Striped Bass
Angler: Matt Morgan
Length: 54 Inches
Location: Chesapeake Bay, MD

Hegyi Fox - 30.5\'\' Walleye

Species: Walleye
Angler: Hegyi Fox
Length: 30.5 Inches

William Hartman - 30.6\'\' Walleye

Species: Walleye
Angler: William Hartman
Length: 30.6 Inches

Dustin Bellinger - 17.5\'\' White Bass

Species: White Bass
Angler: Dustin Bellinger
Length: 17.5 Inches

William Evans - 22.5\'\' White Bass

Species: White Bass
Angler: William Evans
Length: 22.5 Inches
Location: Creek, MO

Daniel Bauer - 26\'\' Rainbow Trout

Species: Rainbow Trout
Angler: Daniel Bauer
Length: 26 Inches
Location: Lake Ogallala, NE

John Ferencak - 33\'\' Brown Trout

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

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