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Tennessee Angler Recognition Program

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The program is designed to acknowledge anglers for outstanding sportfishing accomplishments, to encourage catch and release of trophy size fish and to provide the TWRA with information on large fish caught throughout the state.

Not to be confused with the State Record Fish program, TARP recognizes anglers who catch trophy-size fish that are not necessarily state records.

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  • Trophy Fish/Master Angler Certificates

TARP features five levels of angler recognition. Anglers catching a fish that meets or exceeds the minimum “trophy” length requirements will receive a Trophy Fish certificate. These certificates feature artwork representing the species caught by the applicant. After anglers submit five trophy-size fish, in any combination, a Master Angler Level I certificate and patch will be awarded at no cost to the angler. Anglers submitting five different trophy-size fish will receive a Master Angler Level II certificate and patch. The Master Angler Level III will be awarded to anglers submitting ten different trophy-size fish. In addition to a certificate and patch, the angler will receive a “tackle package,” courtesy of Bass Pro Shops (Kodak, TN). The newest level, Master Angler IV will be awarded to anglers submitting fifteen different trophy fish. The award will consist of a certificate, patch and an engraved trophy.

  • How Do You Qualify?
    • The fish must meet or exceed the minimum Trophy Fish Length listed on the right of this page.
    • Persons 13 years of age and older must be licensed anglers and must provide their license number (TWRA #) on the application.
    • The fish must be caught legally (in accordance with Tennessee Sportfishing Regulations) in Tennessee waters, by sportfishing methods only (rod and reel or cane pole).
    • The length of the fish must be verified by either a witness or a photograph. The witness must complete the section on the application and/or the photo must be of the fish lying flat on top of or beside a flat measuring rule or tape and included with the application. Be aware that photos may be used on the TWRA web site and in TWRA publications.

If you believe your catch exceeds the current state record for that species, you should immediately contact a TWRA Fisheries Biologist for positive identification of the fish (see page 45).

  • How Do You Apply?

An application form is located here. Complete one application form for each fish you are registering. You may include more than one application form per envelope. If the fish length is being verified by photo, the picture must be enclosed with the application. For Trophy Fish Certificate only, a $5.00 processing fee, per application, must also be enclosed and mailed within 90 days from the date of catch. Make check or money order payable to TWRA and mail, with the application(s), to the address at the right of the application. The processing fee is non-refundable for non-qualifying applications. For further information about TARP or the State Record Fish program, call (615) 781-6575, or visit www.tnwildlife.org.

  • Measuring Your Fish

Please refer to the instructions on Statewide Limits & Regulations.

Minimum Trophy Fish Lengths

Species

Length (inches)

Largemouth Bass

22

Spotted Bass

18

Smallmouth Bass

20

Striped Bass

40

Hybrid Striped Bass
(Cherokee Bass)

28

White Bass

18

Black Crappie

14

White Crappie

14

Bluegill

10

Redear Sunfish

11

Rock Bass

10

Sauger

20

Walleye

28

Yellow Perch

11

Muskellunge

40

Brook Trout

10

Brown Trout

26

Rainbow Trout

24

Lake Trout

28

Channel Catfish

30

Blue Catfish

34

Flathead Catfish

34

Common Carp

34

Freshwater Drum

28

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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