Skip to main content


Freshwater Fishing

Angler Recognition Programs

Celebrating 11,000 caught, documented and released bass including 100 Hall of Fame wins of bass weighing over 13 lbs.

Become a Citizen-Scientist!

It starts with fishing then a photo or video to document your 8+ lbs. catch on a scale, release it and share your catch details at This extremely valuable data influences FWC research projects such as genetic studies, the ecological health of Florida's fresh waterbodies, and the proper way to handle a trophy-sized bass for minimal stress. This data even assisted with the FWC's recent freshwater black bass regulation change and it will continue to play a key role in management decisions for Florida's fresh waterbodies. More details can be found at

TrophyCatch Goals:

  • Create Citizen-Scientists of our anglers who are focused on trophy bass to help FWC better enhance, conserve, and promote trophy bass fishing.
  • Encourage catch-and-release of the biggest, oldest, most valuable bass.
  • Promote Florida’s freshwater fishing by collaborating with anglers, fishing-related businesses and local communities.

Get the latest updates:

Want to know which lakes are hot or who has the biggest bass so far this season? Simply sign up for program only emails at, and “Like” or “Follow” us on Facebook and YouTube/TrophyCatchFlorida for the latest catches and partner information.

Big Catch

Celebrates anglers who land memorable-sized catches of 33 different freshwater species! Flip to Freshwater Fish of Florida to find out more about our Big Catch program and how to become an Elite Angler.

State Record

There are important details to know if you catch a possible Florida state record. Call the nearest FWC Regional Office to report a record. Learn more at

How to submit your 8 lbs. or larger bass:

Vance Mccullers

Season 8 Champion