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State Record / Angler Recognition
ALABAMA'S ANGLER RECOGNITION PROGRAM
The State of
The Angler Recognition Program addresses four separate objectives. The first goal is to help promote fishing in
The freshwater sport fish caught in Alabama by hook and line have been listed by the Alabama Department of Conservation. The list includes fish since the 1950s. The certification process includes two witnesses of the weighing on certified scales; species identification by a state fisheries biologist or certified fisheries biologist; and a side-view photograph. Applications and rules are available as a PDF.
The Lake Record Certification will honor those individuals who catch the largest species of black bass (largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, or redeye bass) from each reservoir or lake, and will provide the Fisheries Section with useful statistics on the number of large fish caught from
Qualified anglers will receive a certificate commemorating their catch, will have their picture posted on www.OutdoorAlabama.com identified by the reservoir from which the fish was caught, and will be recognized in the B.A.I.T. Report of the Alabama of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
The Master and Trophy Angler Certifications are intended to honor individuals who catch large sportfish from Alabama’s public waters. A detailed description of the rules and requirements can be found on the Master/Trophy Angler Application. To be eligible for recognition, fish must meet the minimum length or weight requirements listed in the table; and the application must be completed with a side picture of the fish next to a ruler and a picture of the angler with the fish. The application packet must be returned within three months of the catch.
Qualified anglers will receive a certificate commemorating their catch and a decal to be displayed on their boat or truck. Each angler will have their picture posted on www.OutdoorAlabama.com identified by the reservoir from which the fish was caught, and they will be recognized in the B.A.I.T. Report of the Alabama of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
In addition, a Black Bass Grand Slam plaque will be presented to any angler who is recognized for catching all four species of black bass included in this program. Recognition for each of the species may come from the Master Angler level, the Trophy Angler level, or any combination of the two.
Catch statistics will be used to document angling trends and seasonal techniques used to catch large sportfish from
Big fish catch statistics will be reported on a statewide, seasonal, or lake by lake basis in the annual B.A.I.T. Report, and will be presented in as much detail as possible, depending upon the information provided. However, specific locations of catches are not required. The catch statistics questionnaire is a part of the application.
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