2011 marks the 38th birthday of Michigan’s highly successful Master Angler Program. The program was started all the way back in 1973, since that time the program has recognized anglers who have caught unusually large fish.
Originally the Master Angler program began with just 19 species of fish eligible to win distinctive Master Angler shoulder patches. Today, the program has been expanded to 52 various species of fish.
Now in addition to the shoulder patch, anyone entering a new state record fish receives a certificate of recognition upon verification of his or her catch by a DNR Fisheries Biologist.
Which makes for a nice plaque next or under your state record fish mount.
And not only does the Master Angler Program help promote fishing as a popular sport in Michigan and boost the DNR’s image with the angling public, it also provides Fisheries Division with valuable information on where the big fish in our state can be found, when is the best time to fish.
Over to the right is the final report of the Master Angler Program from 2009.
I would of attached the 2010 Master Angler Awards, but that the DNR hasn’t released those reports yet.
The deadline was only like three days ago, January 10, 2011. So it’s going to be awhile before the DNR releases the report, just stay tuned!