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Master Angler Program – Get on the Anglers’ Honor Role

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Vermont’s wealth of waters and abundant fish populations provide great opportunities to experience outstanding fishing. Vermont’s Master Angler Program recognizes the achievements of anglers who catch big fish from Vermont waters.

The program offers two award categories for adults and youths:

Trophy Angler – Anglers catching a fish exceeding the minimum qualifying length in any of the 33 species categories will receive a handsome certificate commemorating the catch. Their names and catches will also be included in the Vermont Trophy Fish Report, posted annually on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website.

Master Angler – Anglers demonstrating the skill necessary to catch multiple species that all exceed the minimum qualifying lengths outlined in this program, in the same calendar year, will be recognized as “Vermont Master Anglers” and will receive a lapel pin at the end of the year. To qualify for the annual Vermont Master Angler Pin, an individual angler must submit qualifying entries for 5 or more species categories within a calendar year. Pins will be issued at the end of the year.

The Vermont Master Angler Program accepts entries for fish that have been harvested or released. Just be sure to follow the rules on submitting a good, clear photograph of your catch!

Find the rules, qualifying species and application form online at:


Vermont Fish — Healthy, Local, and Tasty!

Everyone knows that fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. But don’t forget that eating the fish you catch is good for your health, good for the environment, and good for your taste buds!

Good for Your Brain and Your Heart

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish serve as essential building blocks for the human brain and benefit the heart.

Go Green – Eat Fish

There is no better way to “eat local” than to catch your own fish. And, when you eat local
you have the satisfaction of knowing fewer fossils fuels were burned in getting your meal to
the table.

A Tasty Meal

Vermont fish are tasty. What better way to end a pleasant day on the water with family and friends then to enjoy a delicious meal of fresh fish?

Learn more about the benefits of eating Vermont fish at


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