The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has made a handful of changes to the state's Master Angler program in this its 40th year.
The program, first launched in 1973, was set up to recognize anglers who catch trophy-sized fish. But after reviewing entries over the past five years, the MDNR has decided to modify the minimum entry sizes (weights and lengths) to qualify on some species, including salmon, brookies, brown trout, channel cats, crappie, drunk, rainbow and rock as well as smallmouth bass.
Today, the Master program includes more than 50 species of game fish, for which anglers can compete for honors.
For more information, visit Michigan's DNR website, where you can find a list of past Master Angler Awards as well as a 2013 Master Angler Application. And Good luck with your pursuit of a Masters in 2013.