|PRATT – Every angler loves to show off photos of the big fish they catch. It’s a sign they are skillful or lucky, or both; and, if your fish is truly trophy-class, you can get a certificate that will commemorate your catch for years to come. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Master Angler Award program recognizes anglers who catch fish that meet or exceed lengths established for trophy-class sport fish species.
All an angler needs is a tape measure and a camera. Measure the fish, snap a color photo, and fill out the application, available in the 2018 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary or at www.ksoutdoors.com (click “Fishing,” then “Special Fishing Programs”).
Minimum lengths are listed for 33 different fish species in the regulations summary and online. For example, to receive a Master Angler Award for a crappie, the fish must measure at least 15 inches. The color photo allows species identification.
Even if you are luckier than you are good, and you catch that slab crappie, send us an application and we’ll mail you a custom certificate suitable for framing. May is one of the best months of the year to catch big fish, so what are you waiting for?