When you catch that big one this spring, don’t forget to enter it in the Outdoor Life Fishing Awards Program. Qualifying entrants will receive an award certificate and a jacket patch that identifies them as award recipients. If an entry is the heaviest fish for that species category during 2004, the angler will receive a pewter biggest-of-species hat pin plus a certificate from OL Bass Editor Homer Circle. There’s also a special Youth Division for kids 12 and under. Each eligible entrant will receive an autographed certificate from Uncle Homer plus a fishing patch. And each category winner in the Youth Division will receive a pewter pin, patch and special parchment award.
Remember, you have until September 15 to enter fish in the 2004 Outdoor Life Fishing Awards Program. Qualifying fish caught after that will be entered in the 2005 awards program. Look over the listings below, clip and save the entry blank and fill it in once you’ve caught your lunker. Then mail it to us with a photo of your catch and we’ll take care of the rest.
** Award Rules**
- An eligible fish must be caught on sporting tackle and hooked and landed by the program entrant.
- A fish must be entered for the state or province in which it was caught by angler entering it and conform to local laws as they regard legal fishing methods and size limits.
- A fish must be weighed on an accurate scale to be entered in the program.
- Fish must be measured by closing the fish’s mouth and measuring from the tip of its jaw to the tip of its tail for length, and around the widest part of its body for girth.
- Completed entry forms must be received by program headquarters no later than 60 days after an eligible fish has been caught. Entries received after September 15, 2004, will be entered in the 2005 Outdoor Life Fishing Awards Program. Entry forms may be copied for multiple entries by an angler.
- Fish must be weighed and measured in the presence of a witness, who then must provide contact information and sign the official entry blank or a legible copy of the entry blank.
- The entry blank must be accompanied by a clear photograph of the fish being held by the fisherman who caught it. Photos will not be returned to senders.
- Only U.S. or Canadian citizens may participate. Employees of Outdoor Life magazine, its parent company, divisions or affiliates are not eligible to enter. The program is void where prohibited by law.
Eligible Species and Minimum Weights
Largemouth bass, 5 pounds; smallmouth bass, 3½ pounds; Kentucky spotted bass, 3 pounds; striped bass, 12 pounds; white bass, 2 pounds; bluegill, 1 pound; redear sunfish (shellcracker), 1½ pounds; crappie, 2 pounds; channel catfish, 10 pounds; blue catfish, 15 pounds; flathead catfish, 15 pounds; carp, 12 pounds; yellow perch, 1½ pounds; walleye, 5 pounds; northern pike, 15 pounds; muskellunge, 20 pounds; chain pickerel, 4 pounds; rainbow trout, 5 pounds; brown trout, 6 pounds; brook trout, 2 pounds; cutthroat trout, 4 pounds; golden trout, 2 pounds; Dolly Varden, 5 pounds; lake trout, 10 pounds; steelhead, 8 pounds; king salmon, 18 pounds; coho salmon, 10 pounds; sockeye salmon, 8 pounds.
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