Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding catches. Anglers who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species are eligible for an Angler Award.
“Georgia’s diverse fishing experiences make for a great pool of anglers each year that receive recognition through the Angler Award program,” says the division’s Fisheries Management Chief John Biagi. “For example, last year we recognized folks age four to age 78 for their fishing catches. So, don’t wait, get outdoors and go fish!”
Fish must be caught in Georgia during the legal angling season for the species, caught on sporting tackle (bush hooks, trot lines, jugs, baskets, nets, etc. are not considered sporting tackle) and be hooked and landed by the entrant. Additionally, the fish must meet either minimum weight OR length requirements for that particular species, as noted on the minimum eligible weights chart available online at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources .
In order for a harvested catch to be recognized, anglers should follow these steps:
In order for a catch and release fish to be recognized, anglers should follow these steps:
Anglers must possess appropriate Georgia fishing licenses and to be eligible for recognition. Where can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes  or buy it by phone at 1.800.366.2661.
Information regarding angler awards and state record fish can be found at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources .