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Master and Trophy Angler Certificates

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division


ALABAMA MASTER AND TROPHY ANGLER CERTIFICATION

 

The Master and Trophy Angler Certifications are intended to honor individuals who catch large sportfish from Alabama’s public waters.  A detailed description of the rules and requirements can be found on the Master/Trophy Angler Application.  To be eligible for recognition, fish must meet the minimum length or weight requirements listed in the table, and the application must be completed and returned within three months of the catch. 

Qualified anglers will receive a certificate commemorating their catch and a decal to be displayed on their boat or truck. Each angler will have their picture posted on the Department’s webpage identified by the reservoir from which the fish was caught, and they will be recognized in the B.A.I.T. Report of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. 

In addition, a Black Bass Grand Slam plaque will be presented to any angler who is recognized for catching all four species of black bass included in this program.  Recognition for each of the species may come from the Master Angler level, the Trophy Angler level, or any combination of the two.

MINIMUM QUALIFYING SIZES FOR ALABAMA'S ANGLER RECOGNITION PROGRAM

The changes for crappie were made on March 3, 2011.

   

Master Angler

 

Trophy Angler

   

Weight

Lengtha

 

Weight

Lengtha

SPECIES

 

(lbs.-oz.)

(inches)

 

(lbs.-oz.)

(inches)

Black Crappie

 

2.5

15"

 

3.5

17"

Blue Catfish

 

50-00

46"

 

70-00

51"

Bluegill

 

1-00

10"

 

2-00

13"

Channel Catfish

 

15-00

32"

 

25-00

37"

Flathead Catfish

 

30-00

38"

 

50-00

44"

Hybrid Striped Bass

 

12-00

27"

 

16-00

29"

Largemouth Bass

 

8-00

23"

 

10-00

25"

Redear Sunfish

 

1-00

11"

 

2-00

13"

Redeye Bass

 

0-12

11"

 

1-00

13"

Sauger

 

2-00

17"

 

3-00

19"

Smallmouth Bass

 

5-00

20"

 

7-00

22"

Spotted Bass

 

4-00

19"

 

6-00

21"

Striped Bass

 

25-00

38"

 

35-00

42"

Walleye

 

5-00

22"

 

8-00

26"

White Bass

 

3-00

17"

 

4-00

19"

White Crappie

 

2.5

16"

 

3.5

18"

aQualifying sizes are derived from the standard weight (Ws) equation with a relative weight (Wr) of 110%.

Mounting a trophy fish no longer means killing it. If you measure the length and the girth, the maximum distance around the middle of the fish, a long-lasting replica mount can be made. Take a picture of the fish to help the taxidermist make your mount look like the fish you caught.

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