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News Changes to DNR's Master Angler program announced for 2015


Jerry A
Jan. 5, 2015

The Department of Natural Resources recently announced that, effective Jan. 1, 2015, multiple changes have been made to Michigan's Master Angler program, which allows anglers to submit large fish they have caught for recognition. The program has been in place since 1973.

The Master Angler program recognizes two categories of catches: catch-and-keep and catch-and-immediate-release. Previously, the catch-and-keep category was determined by the weight of the fish caught, but that requirement has been removed and replaced with a length requirement.

Other changes include
- a witness signature is no longer required
- each application must have a color photo submitted with it
- anglers can now submit their applications in hard-copy or electronic formats


More details are available at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52261_10948---,00.html

Note: Everyone knows by now that I am a big fan of information. Knowledge comes from understanding and applying the information that is available around each of us - no matter what the subject matter may be. For someone new to angling these records offer a glimpse as to where the fish were caught, on what bait, with what method, etc. Use the "Search Master Angler Entries" to narrow the search to your area or to a particular type of fish that you are interested in. It just might surprise you or it may only reinforce what you may already know. ^!