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    Missouri Angler Lands Monster Crappie on Truman Lake

    For anglers of all ages and experience, the joys and benefits of fishing are innumerable. Very little compares to a day when the conditions are right and the fish decide to bite. When you happen to land a once-in-a-lifetime catch, however, that makes for a day you’ll never forget. For one Missouri angler, hauling in […] The post Missouri Angler Lands Monster Crappie on Truman Lake appeared first on Premier...

    Truman Lake_Crappie Fishing_Mark Wilson

    For anglers of all ages and experience, the joys and benefits of fishing are innumerable. Very little compares to a day when the conditions are right and the fish decide to bite.

    When you happen to land a once-in-a-lifetime catch, however, that makes for a day you’ll never forget.

    For one Missouri angler, hauling in that magnificent catch came with a little added notoriety thanks to the power of social media.

    On Saturday, December 7, Mark Wilson of Clinton, Missouri, was fishing on Truman Lake with his 13-year-old son, Alexx.

    A Navy veteran who has struggled with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, Wilson considers his time on the water as “lake therapy.” He has even made a point to take other veterans fishing with him in the past.

    Mark Wilson_Truman Lake_Crappie Fishing
    Mark Wilson and his son, Alexx, on Truman Lake

    “I think all our veterans need to know about this lake therapy for PTSD,” said Wilson, who has been fishing Truman for the past ten years.

    Not only is Truman Lake both conveniently located and cathartic, but it also plays host to some of the best crappie fishing in Missouri. For Wilson, who admits to having a “passion for the thump,” it’s hard to imagine a much better setting to ply his craft.

    A father of six, Wilson also has an older son, Gracesen, who works as a deckhand at Truman Lake’s Bucksaw Resort and Marina.

    Gracesen shares his father’s passion for fishing and has competed in tournaments. Wilson even joked about a friendly father-and-son competitiveness between the two.

    Instead of joining his father and brother on the water that day, however, Gracesen opted to go hunting instead.

    “He was crushed he didn’t go,” said Wilson.

    Alexx, on the other hand, is a relative angling novice. Nonetheless, he played a vital role in helping make his father’s memorable catch a reality.

    “He ran the net, and I’m really glad he was there,” said Wilson. “As soon as we got her to the boat, the jig popped out. There’s a reason (that fish) is as old as she is.”

    Using an 11′ Ozark rod, an orange jighead, and a Lindy Watsit grub body, Mark Wilson’s elusive fish-of-a-lifetime was landed around 2:30 P.M.

    After recording the length and weight at Bucksaw Marina, Wilson released an absolute slab that many would have mounted and stuck on their wall.

    “It was so nice to watch her swim off tonight,” said Wilson. “So she’s back in there along with the 10 or so other fish we caught today.”

    Crappie Fishing_Truman Lake_Mark Wilson
    Mark Wilson’s 3.68 lb crappie, weighed in at Bucksaw Marina

    Measuring 18 inches and weighing an impressive 3.68 lbs, the fish was an absolute sight to see. So much so that it caught the attention of thousands on Facebook.

    After Wilson shared a photo to his own wall, it was seen by Mike Valentine, also from the Clinton area.

    Once Valentine posted the photo to his Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail Facebook page, Wilson’s “fifteen-minutes-of-fishing-fame” officially began!

    In under 24 hours, the photo had been liked by 4,500 people and shared over 1,000 times. More than 300 comments poured in, offering both congratulations to Wilson for his catch and a platform for other anglers to share photos of their own personal bests.

    Within a few hours, Wilson’s Truman Lake crappie was arguably the hottest fish on Facebook.

    Despite the unexpected attention, Wilson has remained humble and is thankful that his catch has been able to get more people talking about crappie fishing.

    The post Missouri Angler Lands Monster Crappie on Truman Lake appeared first on Premier Angler.


    12 of the Top Crappie Fishing Lures for 2020

    For many anglers, crappie fishing is a right-of-passage. Along with bluegill and other panfish, crappie are among the first forays for many lifelong fishing enthusiasts. For some, however, the thrill of catching a stringer full of slabs never goes away. Across many North American lakes, crappie are abundant, relatively easy to catch, and make for […] The post 12 of the Top Crappie Fishing Lures for 2020 appeared first on Premier...

    Crappie caught on Eurotackle Z-Viber

    For many anglers, crappie fishing is a right-of-passage. Along with bluegill and other panfish, crappie are among the first forays for many lifelong fishing enthusiasts.

    For some, however, the thrill of catching a stringer full of slabs never goes away.

    Across many North American lakes, crappie are abundant, relatively easy to catch, and make for an incredibly tasty meal.

    Before you hit the water, Premier Angler staff has put together our list of the top crappie fishing lures to take with you in 2020!

    You can also check out of list of the Best Rods and Reels for Panfishing

    Top Crappie Fishing Lures

    Bass Pro Shops Marabou Crappie Jig

    Bass Pro Shops Marabou Crappie Jig
    Bass Pro Shops Marabou Crappie Jig

    The Marabou Crappie Jigs by Bass Pro Shops are designed for precision, reacting with a simple movement of the rod tip. These jigs comes with durable, realistic paint and eyes. They are fitted with size 6 hooks, come in over a dozen colors, and are available in multiple weights.

    Bass Pro Shops Marabou Crappie Jig Features

    • Hook Size: 6
    • Color Options: 15
    • Weights: 3 (1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 oz)
    • Quantity: 10

    Buy the Bass Pro Shops Marabou Crappie Jigs here

    Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPole

    Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPole
    Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPole

    Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPole Features:

    • Length: 2″
    • Colors Available: 11
    • Quantity Per Pack: 15
    • Designed specifically to resemble a tadpole

    Buy Strike King Mr. Crappie ShadPole here

    Eurotackle Z-Viber

    Eurotackle Z-Viber
    Eurotackle Z-Viber

    Eurotackle Z-Viber Features:

    • Length: 1″-2.75″
    • Weight: 1/16 oz, 1/8 oz, 3/8 oz, 5/8 oz
    • Colors Available: 1/16 oz (13); 1/8oz (12); 3/8 oz (8); 5/8 oz (6)
    • Versatility: Can be used for crappie, perch, bass, walleye, and more

    Buy Eurotackle Z-Viber here

    Road Runner Original Marabou Jig

    Road Runner Original Marabou Jig
    Road Runner Original Marabou Jig

    Road Runner Original Marabou Jig Features:

    • Weight: 1/8″
    • Hook Size: 1
    • Colors Available: 11

    Buy the Road Runner Original Marabou Jig here

    Uncle Buck’s Crappie Minnow Soft Bait

    Uncle Buck's Crappie Minnow Soft Bait
    Uncle Buck’s Crappie Minnow Soft Bait

    Uncle Buck’s Crappie Minnow Soft Bait Features:

    • Length: 2″
    • Weight: 1/16 oz
    • Quantity Per Pack: 10

    Buy Uncle Buck’s Crappie Minnow Soft Bait here

    Leland’s Lures Crappie Magnet Body

    Leland's Lures Crappie Magnet Body
    Leland’s Lures Crappie Magnet Body

    Leland’s Lures Crappie Magnet Body Features:

    • Length: 1-1/2″
    • Colors Available: 21
    • Quantity Per Pack: 15

    Buy Leland’s Lures Crappie Magnet Body here

    Creme Lures Spoiler Shad Swimbaits

    Creme Lures Spoiler Shad Swimbaits
    Creme Lures Spoiler Shad Swimbaits

    Creme Lures Spoiler Shad Swimbaits Features:

    • Length: 2″ and 3″ options
    • Hook Size: 1 (2″ version) or 2/0 (3″ version)
    • Quantity Per Pack: 2

    Buy Creme Lures Spoiler Shad Swimbaits here

    Charlie Brewer’s Crappie Slider Grub

    Charlie Brewer's Crappie Slider Grub
    Charlie Brewer’s Crappie Slider Grub

    Charlie Brewer’s Crappie Slider Grub Features:

    • Length: 1-1/2″
    • Colors Available: 25
    • Quantity Per Pack: 18
    • Can be cast, trolled, or vertically jigged
    • Designed to glide over timber and thick brush

    Buy Charlie Brewer’s Crappie Slider Grub here

    Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Crank

    Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Crank
    Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Crank

    Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Crank Features:

    • Length: 1-5/8″ and 2″
    • Weight: 5/16 oz and 1/4 oz
    • Colors Available: 10
    • Diving Depth: 10′
    • Detailed design
    • 3-D lazer eyes

    Buy Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Crank here

    Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious

    Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious
    Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious

    Versatile, attractive, and affordable — the Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious is a crappie’s dream come true! Available in sixteen different colors and with a profile designed specifically to attract crappie, this is one of the top crappie fishing lures on the market! Plus, with a quantity of fifteen (15) per pack, the Slabalicious won’t do a number on your wallet!

    Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious Features:

    • Length: 2″
    • Colors Available: 16
    • Quantity Per Pack: 15

    Buy Strike King Mr. Crappie Slabalicious here

    Bass Pro Shops Cajun Critter

    Bass Pro Shops Cajun Critter
    Bass Pro Shops Cajun Critter

    Bass Pro Shops Cajun Critter Features:

    • Length: 2″
    • Colors Available: 11
    • Versatile: Great for catching both crappie and bass

    Buy the Bass Pro Shops Cajun Critter here

    Bobby Garland Itty Bit Slab Slay’R

    Bobby Garland Itty Bit Slab Slay'R
    Bobby Garland Itty Bit Slab Slay’R

    Bobby Garland Itty Bit Slab Slay’R Features:

    • Length: 1-1/4″
    • Colors Available: 8
    • Quantity Per Pack: 20

    Buy Bobby Garland Itty Bit Slab Slay’R here

    The post 12 of the Top Crappie Fishing Lures for 2020 appeared first on Premier Angler.


    St. Croix Panfish Rod Giveaway

    Enter the Premier Angler St. Croix Panfish Rod Giveaway Thank you for visiting Premier Angler! To celebrate the holiday season, we are giving away a brand new St. Croix Panfish Rod! That’s right — 100% completely free! No questions asked! No frills. No games. No gimmicks. All you have to do is enter through the […] The post St. Croix Panfish Rod Giveaway appeared first on Premier...

    St. Croix Panfish Rod Giveaway

    Enter the Premier Angler St. Croix Panfish Rod Giveaway

    Thank you for visiting Premier Angler!

    To celebrate the holiday season, we are giving away a brand new St. Croix Panfish Rod!

    That’s right — 100% completely free! No questions asked!

    No frills. No games. No gimmicks.

    All you have to do is enter through the portal below. By either logging in with your email address or through your Facebook account, you will register one entry for the contest!

    Want more opportunities to win?

    By completing the other options below, you can gain an additional 23 entries to this contest!

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    12 Great Christmas Fishing Gifts

    To many, fishing is the ultimate outdoor sport. You can do it practically anywhere in the world. In North America alone, there are dozens of species available to catch. There’s even a very low barrier to entry: you need a rod, reel, line, bait, and a valid fishing license. The crux for many anglers, however, […] The post 12 Great Christmas Fishing Gifts appeared first on Premier...

    Christmas Fishing_Santa on Boat with Bass

    To many, fishing is the ultimate outdoor sport. You can do it practically anywhere in the world. In North America alone, there are dozens of species available to catch. There’s even a very low barrier to entry: you need a rod, reel, line, bait, and a valid fishing license.

    The crux for many anglers, however, is simple: we never seem to have enough cool fishing stuff!

    Luckily, Premier Angler has compiled a list of 12 fishing accessories that would make amazing Christmas gifts for the fishing enthusiast in your life!

    Keep in mind that while any and all of these would make incredible Christmas gifts for your loved one, it’s also OK to splurge on yourself from time to time, too.

    12 Awesome Christmas Fishing Accessories

    Rapala Digital Scale and Fish Gripper

    Rapala Digital Scale and Fish Gripper
    Rapala Digital Scale and Fish Gripper

    Rapala is a brand synonymous with high-quality fishing lures and products. The digital scale and fish gripper is certainly no exception!

    Some of the key features include:

    • 50 lb Weight Capacity: Rest assured that this scale will hold the majority of freshwater fish
    • One-Handed Operation: Not only great for convenience, but a must-have in the digital age — you can snap some quality selfies without posing a risk to yourself or your fish
    • Over-sized Digital Display: Speaking of those selfies, you can erase all doubt and silence even the most hardened of internet trolls when these big, bold numbers show up for all to see
    • 600 Hour Run Time: You can get an entire season of use out of the Rapala digital scale and fish gripper on just two AA batteries
    • Different Measurements: Record your catch’s weight in lbs/oz, decimal lbs, or decimal kgs
    • 2-Minute Auto Shutoff: This feature will conserve the device’s already outstanding battery longevity

    Buy the Rapala Digital Scale and Fish Gripper

    Bass Pro Shops E-Z Lure Retriever

    Bass Pro Shops E-Z Lure Retriever
    Bass Pro Shops E-Z Lure Retriever

    So, let’s face reality here — even the most dedicated and experienced anglers in the world lose expensive lures to snags. Consider John Hoyer, who lost around 300 lures during a walleye fishing tournament at Devil’s Lake.

    Hoyer took home a grand prize of over $97,000 for his win, meaning he can probably afford to replace his lost lures. For most of us, however, dropping $30-40 on a weekend can be crushing.

    Thankfully, Bass Pro Shops has come up with an awesome product to help us recover some of those lures that would otherwise be lost forever.

    The E-Z Lure Retriever comes with a 30-foot cord and two chains that can help untangle even the most tightly snagged hooks.

    Buy the Bass Pro Shops E-Z Lure Retriever

    PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards

    PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards
    PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards

    We all know that old pro who can tie any knot under the sun with complete ease. This is definitely not the gift for him!

    For most anglers who take the water, however, there’s still a lot to learn. Instead of leaving them fumbling around, watching a YouTube tutorial on how to tie a new knot, consider this handy, ultra-practical tool for the fishing enthusiast in your life.

    Simple, easy, and portable, this is great for the garage, the shore, or the boat.

    If nothing else, knowing how to tie a variety of knots does wonders for one’s bragging rights!

    Knots included on the cards include:

    • Perfection End Loop
    • Surgeon’s Knot
    • Rapala Knot
    • Palomar Knot
    • Improved Clinch
    • Dropper Loop
    • Uni-Knot
    • Double Uni-Knot
    • Albright Special
    • Surgeon’s End Loop
    • Blood Knot
    • Snell Knot

    Buy PRO-KNOT Fishing Knot Tying Instruction Cards

    Rapala Stainless Steel Pliers

    Rapala Stainless Steel Pliers
    Rapala Stainless Steel Pliers

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of going fishing without a reliable pair of pliers, we’re really sorry.

    Rapala’s Stainless Steel Pliers, which come in both 6 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ models, are the go-to for many anglers, including the editors of this website. Why? Because they get the job done!

    Whether you need to tune your lure, crimp your split shot, cut some line, or dislodge a deep hook, it’s hard to go wrong with these light, reliable, and affordable pliers.

    Buy Rapala Stainless Steel Pliers

    Bass Pro Shops Spinning Floor Rod Rack

    Bass Pro Shops Spinning Floor Rod Rack
    Bass Pro Shops Spinning Floor Rod Rack

    Remember when we said the crux of most fishing enthusiasts is that we can never have enough gear? Well, fishing rods (and reels) are kind of like tattoos — once you get one, it’s only a matter of time until you get another!

    Floor and mounted rod racks have been a staple in many homes, garages, dens, and “man caves” for generations. Hand-crafting a beautiful mounted rack was even a pastime for many crafty anglers during much of the 20th century. Unfortunately, with many anglers faced with the prospect of less time, less space, and fewer resources, creating your own rod rock has become a real challenge.

    Luckily, Bass Pro Shops has released a series of spinning floor racks that are both affordable and attractive.

    At 26-1/4″ x 17-1/2″, this rack is equipped to hold up to 24 rod-and-reel combos while allowing easy access to each. Its hardwood construction and russet finish also make it suitable for any room of the house.

    Buy the Bass Pro Shops Spinning Floor Rod Rack

    Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler

    Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 Cooler
    Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler

    Yeti has become one of — if not the — premier cooler brand in the United States in recent years. They sport an incredible range of high-quality products, and the Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler is no different.

    As the first Yeti cooler you can wear as a backpack, the Hopper Backflip is sturdy, versatile, and designed to distribute the weight of its contents evenly.

    The cooler even comes equipped with ergonomic shoulder straps and a removable waist belt and chest strap!

    Other features of note include:

    • DryHide™ Shell: Have the comfort of knowing that your bag (and its contents) can survive all types of terrain and conditions
    • Superior Ice Retention: It’s no secret — ice lasts longer in a Yeti cooler
    • 20-Can Capacity: Thirst will not be an issue with the Hopper BackFlip — carry nearly two dozen cans at a time!

    Buy the Yeti Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler

    Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lock Gripper

    Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lock Gripper
    Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lock Gripper

    Earlier in the list, we talked about the excellent Rapala digital scale and fish gripper. Now, if you already have a quality digital scale or are simply looking for a reliable fish gripper at an affordable price, look no further.

    The Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lock Gripper is sturdy, allowing you to safely and securely handle even the largest freshwater fish. This is an incredibly handy tool for anglers who may not be comfortable holding fish (especially ones with teeth) for catch-and-release photos yet.

    Buy the Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lock Gripper

    Lowrance HOOK2 9 TripleShot US/Canada Navionics+ Map Bundle Fishfinder/Chartplotter Combo

    	 Lowrance HOOK2 9 TripleShot US/Canada Navionics+ Map Bundle Fishfinder/Chartplotter Combo
    Lowrance HOOK2 9 TripleShot US/Canada Navionics+ Map Bundle Fishfinder/Chartplotter Combo

    The fishing industry has come a long way since Roland Martin brought folded maps with him to Percy Priest Lake during the 1972 Bassmaster Classic.

    Now, we aren’t suggesting that maps aren’t useful in this era — they can still be great for recognizing contour lines, potential structure, and more. But the ability to find fish has become so much easier!

    Lowrance has been one of the premier names in electronic fish finders for many years and their Hook2 9 TripleShot offers an excellent mixture of cutting-edge technology and affordability.

    For starters, the 9″ SolarMAX screen offers great visibility whether you are fishing from a boat or a kayak. Add in a wide-angle sonar system and a high-sensitivity GPS antenna and you’ll be able to find fish with astounding accuracy.

    The Hook2 9 TripleShot also comes equipped high precision contoured maps of 3,000 of North America’s most popular lakes, allowing this device to practically do everything for you except actually catching the fish!

    Buy the Lowrance HOOK2 9 TripleShot US/Canada Navionics+ Map Bundle Fishfinder/Chartplotter Combo

    Down-East Salty S-10 Rod Holder

    Down-East Salty S-10 Rod Holder
    Down-East Salty S-10 Rod Holder

    You can find reliable rod holders a bit cheaper, and there are plenty with sleeker, more modern designs. That said, when it comes to weight capacity, durability, and consistency, it’s hard to go wrong with the Down-East Salty S-10 Rod Holder. If you plan on trolling for walleye, muskie, or catfish, then this is the rod holder for you!

    The go-to rod holder for many big fish anglers across several decades now, Down-East’s S-10 allows for quick rod retrieval and hook-set, is easily adjustable, and features a non-rusting alloy casting that is treated for corrosion resistance.

    Buy the Down-East Salty S-10 Rod Holder

    Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lounger Fishing Chair

    Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lounger Fishing Chair
    Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lounger Fishing Chair

    The fact that every angler doesn’t have access to a high quality fishing boat is a sad-but-true “First World Problem.”

    For those folks who spend most of their time fishing from the shore, however, there’s a silver lining. Bass Pro Shops’ Lunker Lounger Fishing Chair makes those days of casting from the bank a little more comfortable!

    Equipped with two adjustable fishing rod holders, two cup holders, and padded headrests and armrests, this really is the Cadillac of shore fishing setups. Easily portable, the Lunker Lounger also makes for a great campfire chair.

    Also, it’s worth noting that the Lunker Lounger’s strong steel frame can hold up to 400 lbs., making this the fishing chair of choice for even our sturdiest anglers!

    Buy the Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lounger Fishing Chair

    EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop

    EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop
    EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop

    Pop Quiz: What’s worse that getting a fish to the side of the boat and having your line snap before you can bring him in?

    Now, we don’t expect you to actually answer that question. If this has happened to you, however, we feel your pain!

    To prevent this from ever happening again, we recommend the EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop.

    The net is crafted with black anodized extruded aluminum that allows it to be both durable and incredibly light. It also features a scoop design that makes it easy to retrieve your fish.

    These interchangeable hoops are designed to fit both the EGO S1 Genesis and EGO S2 Slider landing net systems.

    The EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop also comes in a variety of sizes and four different net materials:

    • Nylon Mesh
    • Rubber Mesh
    • Rubber Coated Nylon Mesh
    • PVC Coated Nylon Mesh

    Buy the EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop

    Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted Backpack

    Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted Backpack
    Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted Backpack

    Sometimes the only thing that can make a good fishing trip better is adding a little camping! Unfortunately, a weekend excursion often means our most cherished electronic devices (see: our lifelines) are destined to lose charge.

    If you love access to the modern world as much as you do a few days on the water, the good folks at Wild River have you covered!

    The Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted Backpack is, simply put, a really awesome bag. Not only does it have ample room to hold your fishing gear and tackle, but it can also help extend the battery life of your portable electronics.

    Some of the key features include:

    • 3-Level LED Light System: Available in green and white light options, you can easily find your contents within the bag or even use the bag itself as a support light for night fishing
    • 5000mAh Rechargeable USB Power Supply: Plenty of power to extend the life of your cell phone, tablet, or other small electronic devices
    • 4 Power Adapter Tips and USB Cable: The Tackle Tek Nomad XP supports Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, USB micro, and USB mini devices
    • Tackle Tray Capacity: There’s room in here — store six 3600 tackle trays or four 3500 tackle trays

    Buy the Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted Backpack

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    Largemouth is New Idaho Catch-and-Release Record

    Any time a state fishing record is broken — even a catch-and-release record — it’s noteworthy news. When that fish is a largemouth bass, people take notice! The new Idaho catch-and-release state record largemouth was caught by JJ Schillinger on October 19th. Schillinger was competing in the Panhandle Bass Anglers Fall Open on Cave Lake […] The post Largemouth is New Idaho Catch-and-Release Record appeared first on Premier...

    Iowa State Record Largemouth Caught by JJ Schillinger

    Any time a state fishing record is broken — even a catch-and-release record — it’s noteworthy news. When that fish is a largemouth bass, people take notice!

    The new Idaho catch-and-release state record largemouth was caught by JJ Schillinger on October 19th. Schillinger was competing in the Panhandle Bass Anglers Fall Open on Cave Lake near Coeur d’Alene.

    Schillinger’s fish, a 25 inch, 9.7 lb beauty, surpassed the previous Idaho catch-and-release largemouth state record by 1.25 inches. The previous record of 23.75 inches was set by Dale Stratton on Sawyer’s Pond in May 2017.

    *Interesting Note: Dale Stratton’s 23.75 inch fish actually broke his own Idaho catch-and-release state record for largemouth, which he caught the year before. He caught an 18.75 in largemouth (also on Sawyer’s Pond) in April 2016.

    Idaho is one of many states that now offer both certified weight state records and catch-and-release state records. The current Idaho certified weight state record largemouth is 10.94 lbs, caught on Anderson Lake by M.W. Taylor. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game does not have information available on that fish’s length, girth, or date caught.

    Cave Lake is part of a dozen chain of lakes near Coeur d’Alene and is known to have quality largemouth. Other recommended game fish on Cave Lake include: bluegill, bullhead catfish, northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and white crappie.

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    The Fish Ohio! Program: How to Qualify

    With over 50,000 lakes spread across the state, Ohio has no shortage of great fishing spots. With nearly one million anglers obtaining their Ohio fishing license each year, that’s also a lot of folks on the water! The Fish Ohio program was created in 1976 to recognize anglers who legally caught trophy-sized fish on the […] The post The Fish Ohio! Program: How to Qualify appeared first on Premier...

    2019 Fish Ohio and Master Angler Pins

    With over 50,000 lakes spread across the state, Ohio has no shortage of great fishing spots. With nearly one million anglers obtaining their Ohio fishing license each year, that’s also a lot of folks on the water!

    The Fish Ohio program was created in 1976 to recognize anglers who legally caught trophy-sized fish on the state’s waters. in 1980, the Ohio Division of Wildlife took over management of the program. Since that time, the Fish Ohio program has recognized over 400,000 anglers for their qualifying catches.

    That doesn’t mean making the list is going to be easy, though…

    For a program over 40 years old, that’s an average of fewer than 10,000 anglers per year. At current estimates of approximately 900,000 registered fishing licenses are sold annually (with anglers under 16 years of age being given an exemption), that’s around 1% per year!

    Today, 25 different species are eligible for qualification.

    How to Qualify for Fish Ohio Program

    Unlike the Ohio’s state record program, which accounts only for weight, the Fish Ohio program qualifies fish based on length.

    An angler with a valid fishing license (or with a listed exemption) must catch the qualifying fish via legal angling and not on a pay lake. Applications for any particular year must be submitted by December 31st.

    The Fish Ohio program also works on an honor system, meaning that you won’t needs to provide photos or any other form of documentation to qualify. Simply measure the fish for length and visit the official Fish Ohio Award page. There, you will be prompted to create an account.

    Qualifying Species and Lengths

    As we mentioned above, there are 25 species that currently qualify for the Fish Ohio program.

    Five species (white bass, walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and freshwater drum) carry different qualifying requirements depending on where they are caught. Lengths are slightly higher for fish caught on Lake Erie and its tributaries.

    The other twenty species maintain the same qualifying lengths anywhere in the state.

    The following lengths apply to all Ohio waters (excluding paid lakes):

    Blue Catfish35 inches
    Brown Trout20 inches
    Bowfin23 inches
    Bullhead14 inches
    Carp28 inches
    Channel Catfish26 inches
    Crappie13 inches
    Flathead Catfish35 inches
    Hybrid-Striped Bass21 inches
    Largemouth Bass20 inches
    Longnose Gar34 inches
    Muskellunge40 inches
    Northern Pike32 inches
    Rainbow Trout28 inches
    Rock Bass9 inches
    Sauger16 inches
    Saugeye21 inches
    Sucker20 inches
    Spotted Bass15 inches
    Sunfish9 inches

    The following lengths apply to all reservoirs and inland lakes, private ponds, the Ohio River, and inland rivers or streams:

    Freshwater Drum20 inches
    Smallmouth Bass18 inches
    Walleye25 inches
    White Bass14 inches
    Yellow Perch12 inches

    The following lengths apply to Lake Erie and its tributaries

    Freshwater Drum24 inches
    Smallmouth Bass20 inches
    Walleye28 inches
    White Bass15 inches
    Yellow Perch13 inches
    2016 Fish Ohio and Master Angler Pins
    2016’s Fish Ohio and Master Angler pins (photo via Your Wild Ohio – Angler/Facebook)

    Fish Ohio Recognition Pins

    In addition to simple bragging rights, the Fish Ohio program recognizes qualifying anglers with a commemorative pin. Each year, a different species adorns a colored pin.

    The fish selected for any specific year does not necessarily have to match the qualifying fish caught to earn the pin.

    Ohio Master Angler Program

    So, let’s say you’re talented (or lucky) enough to land a Fish Ohio qualifier. Pretty neat, right?

    Well, what happens when you land four different qualifying species in a single year?

    While the Colorado Master Angler program runs very similarly to the Fish Ohio program, Ohio’s Master Angler program is a rare achievement even among the most dedicated anglers in the state.

    For the few who will ever achieve this feat, they will receive the same annual commemorative recognition pin, except in gold.

    Have any great stories from your own experience with the Fish Ohio program? Let us know in the comments below.

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