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: www.vtfishandwildlife.com/masterangler.cfm.