Here’s a way to enhance your angling experience is by challenging yourself to
catch a variety of "exceptionally-sized" fish species.
Anglers catching a fish exceeding the minimum
qualifying length in any of the 33 species categories will receive a
handsome certificate commemorating the catch. Their names and catches will also
be included in the Vermont Trophy Fish Report, posted annually on this
Anglers demonstrating the skill necessary to catch at least 5
different fish species, all exceeding the minimum
qualifying lengths within a calendar year, will be recognized as "Vermont
Master Anglers." They will receive a lapel pin commemorating their
accomplishment. Pins are issued at the end of the year.
view eligible species and qualifying lengths
master angler entries
The Vermont Master Angler Program accepts entries for fish that have been
harvested or released. Just be sure to follow the rules
on submitting a good, clear photograph of your catch!
- Anyone possessing a current, valid Vermont fishing license is eligible.
Anglers under the age of 15 at the time of the catch are eligible to submit
fish following the Youth minimum length requirements, which are less than the
Adult minimum length requirements.
- All fish must be taken by legal sportfishing methods, during open season,
and in waters that can be fished with a Vermont fishing license.
- Fish angled in private or commercial fish waterbodies are
- The angler must measure the fish from tip of snout to tip of tail.
- The angler must submit a photograph of the fish showing a
clear side view of the entire fish, including the tail. Photos that are
clearly intended to exaggerate the size of the fish or that make it difficult
to judge the actual size of the fish will not be accepted. If the angler is
holding the fish, the angler's arms should not be extended, and some of the
angler's fingers should be visible. The angler may also photograph the fish
lying on its side next to a measuring tape or ruler.
- After the fish is measured and photographed, it can be harvested (if
within the open season) or released where it was caught.
- Entries must be submitted no later than January 15 to be
considered for the previous calendar year.
- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD) will be the sole and
final judge as to the acceptance of the entries, and reserves the right to
request additional information in the best interest of the program and to
disqualify unverifiable entries. VFWD reserves the right to reject any entries
that do not meet the established criteria.
- By submitting an entry, the angler understands that the information,
including photographs, contained in each entry becomes the property of the
department. By submitting photographs, the angler grants the department the
non-exclusive right to copy, publish and distribute the image as well as the
right to retain and distribute the photographs for archival and/or retrieval
use, published or otherwise, in all media.
contained in the application and accompanying photograph may be used in, but
not limited to press releases, published articles and promotional materials.
Photographs will not be returned.
your catch in Master Angler
VERMONT STATE RECORD FISH
For a fish to be considered as a new Vermont State Record
Fish, additional rules apply. Visit a Vermont Fish & Wildlife office or
a Vermont State Record Fish entry form