More than 25 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division with a 2011 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species.
“These awards spotlight the fact that Georgia has great fishing opportunities across the state,” says John Biagi, chief of Fisheries Management, Wildlife Resources Division. “Award winners reeled in everything from a 61-pound blue catfish to a 25-inch brown trout. And, the winners ranged in age from 4 years old to 61 years young.”
The Wildlife Resources Division presented 2011 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. 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: That’s not all, though - the division also is helping 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 2011 angler award winners and learn more about award criteria, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/node/372 .
For more information, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com or contact the nearest Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Management office.