More than 25 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division with a 2013 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. The award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species.
“Georgia has outstanding fishing opportunities across the state and this program is just one way to get people excited about catching a great fish,” says John Biagi, chief of fisheries management. “Winners ranged from eight years old to 76 years young and they pulled in all types of species, including 47-pound blue catfish to a 2-pound, 4-ounce yellow perch.”
The Wildlife Resources Division presented 2013 angler award recipients with a certificate and a hat embroidered with the angler’s name and the species and weight of the fish caught.
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 2013 award winners and learn about award criteria, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources or contact the nearest Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management office.