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Angler Recognition Programs

Fishing Regulations Florida Freshwater Fishing

TrophyCatch

The FWC’s TrophyCatch program is Florida’s premiere angler recognition program! TrophyCatch rewards anglers who document and release largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier with prizes from program partners for contributing their data for trophy bass research and conservation.

TrophyCatch goals are:

  • Collect valid information through citizen-science about trophy bass to help the FWC better enhance, conserve, and promote trophy bass fishing.
  • Encourage catch-and-release of the biggest, oldest, most valuable bass.
  • Excite anglers about Florida freshwater fishing resulting in benefits to anglers, fishing-related businesses, and local communities.

The investment from leading industry conservation partners like Bass Pro Shops provides merchandise, gift cards and other rewards for TrophyCatch participation. Simply registering for TrophyCatch shows your support for bass conservation and will give you a chance to win the random annual drawing for a brand-new Phoenix bass boat! All you need to do is photo or video document your catch, showing the entire fish on the scale with the weight clearly visible. Release the bass and submit your entry at TrophyCatch.com!

TrophyCatch Research

TrophyCatch anglers are citizen-scientists who provide extremely valuable data about trophy bass to the FWC. This data has assisted with the FWC’s recent freshwater black bass regulation change and will continue to play a key role in management decisions for Florida’s fresh waterbodies. TrophyCatch data also influences FWC research projects such as genetic studies on trophy bass, the ecological health of Florida’s fresh waterbodies, locations where the most trophy-sized bass are caught, and the proper way to handle a trophy-sized bass for minimal stress. Details can be found at bit.ly/TrophyResearch. TrophyCatch data helps inform and foster the public will to protect, enhance, and restore Florida’s freshwaters.

Stay in the Know

Want to know which lakes are hot or who holds the top spot for the biggest bass weight so far this season? Visit TrophyCatch.com to sign up for program email updates and be sure to “Like” us on Facebook.com/TrophyCatchFlorida and follow us at YouTube.com/TrophyCatchFlorida for the latest catches and information. The TrophyCatch program would not be possible without you and TrophyCatch partners like Bass Pro Shops, Phoenix Boats, SpiderWire, Mercury Marine, Power-Pole, Enigma Fishing, Rapala, and others. Many thanks to you and to our partners for the support and investment in the conservation of Florida’s trophy bass.

Big Catch and State Records

Let the Big Catch angler recognition program help you celebrate memorable-sized catches of 33 freshwater species! Turn to Freshwater Fish of Florida to view the Big Catch species and their qualifying sizes, as well as state record catches. If you catch a possible state record, obtain an application at BigCatchFlorida.com/State-Record.aspx and call your nearest regional office (see Introduction).