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Bay State anglers have been reeling in fish and fun in 2023. MassWildlife’s Sportfishing Awards Program has issued over 1,600 pins so far this year.
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
sportfishing awards program

 For over 60 years, MassWildlife’s Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program has been recognizing anglers who catch exceptional fish across Massachusetts. A bronze pin is awarded to anglers who catch fish that meet minimum weight or length requirements. The goal of the Program is to foster a love of angling and for spending time outdoors. Judging from the smiles on the faces of these anglers, we are meeting our objectives!

So far, about 1,600 bronze pins have been awarded—which is well above average for this time of year. The Program was expanded in 2023 with the addition of a Youth Catch-and-Release category and the addition of two new species categories—fallfish and white sucker.

There is plenty of time to get involved in 2023! When you think you’ve caught a trophy fish, take a photo, weigh or measure your fish, and submit your catch – it’s that easy! Get all the details about entering your catch.

Each week, the leader board is updated with the biggest fish caught in each category. Check out the current leaders.

2023 sportfishing awards images

Just a few examples of fish entered into the Sportfishing Awards Program so far this year.

  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

    MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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