Believe You Are The Best Angler in Colorado? Prove It!

How many times have you heard a neighbor, classmate or colleague, bragging of the amazing fish he or she caught over the weekend?

Or maybe you are the one, always showing off, and boasting about what a great angler you are. Well, here is your chance to prove it to everyone, or your opportunity to face your stuck up friend in search for some evidence.

For all of those accomplished Colorado anglers in search of  a little recognition, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife recognizes licensed anglers who catch exceptionally large fish through two separate programs: State Records by Weight and State Released Records by Length.

So, if you ever catch a fatty and feel it’s worthy of recognition, here is how to proceed.

Colorado Fishing tripsRecords by Weight

This is Colorado’s original and oldest fishing record program. For each of the 38 different species of fish, this program tracks the heaviest fish ever caught in the state of Colorado.

If an angler catches a large fish that he or she believes may have broken the weight record in its species you; he’ll need to contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife immediately. Remember that before going fishing you need a valid Colorado fishing license, or be under the age of 16.

The potential record holders’ fish must be weighed on a state-certified scale, and there must be a weight receipt signed by a person who witnessed the weighing.

The fish, not frozen, gutted, or altered in any way, must be examined and identified by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist or wildlife manager before an application is submitted. Then, the biologist or wildlife manager will fill out and return the application form​ to the Sportfish Program Manager in Denver.

State Released Records by Length & Master Angler Awards Program

The Master Angler Recognition Program is designed to recognize anglers for success in their sport, as well as to promote the conservation of fishery resources and quality fishing by encouraging the careful release of trophy-size popular sport species.

The Colorado Released Fish Records program recognizes the longest fish of a particular species that is caught-and-released by an angler, anywhere throughout the state of Colorado.

Anglers who wish to receive a Master Angler Award must submit an application detailing the catch. It requires one witness verification and a clear, side-view photograph of the fish. If no photograph is available, two witnesses are necessary for qualification.

The fish must be hooked, played, landed and/or released on sport tackle. Snagged fish are not eligible. The catch must be made in Colorado in compliance with all state fishing regulations and be submitted within 60 days of being caught.

Stop bragging around. Choose the perfect fishing spot and try to catch a nice, fat trout that is worthy of recognition and break any record established so far.