Freshwater Sport Fishing Awards Program Announcements


MassWildlife’s Freshwater Sport Fishing Rewards Program rewards anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish in Massachusetts waters open to the public. It’s time to celebrate the 2021 entrants and winners!

Angler of the Year awards are given in 3 categories to the person who catches the most species that meet minimum weight or length requirements. Consult the list of 2021 main catches by species.

Strong points:

  • Joshua Christman of Pittsfield is the Adult Catch & Keep Angler of the Year. He caught 13 of the 22 eligible species.
  • Philip Prieur of South Hamilton is the Catch & Keep Young Angler of the Year. He caught 18 of the 22 eligible species.
  • David Desimone of Amherst is Catch & Release Angler of the Year. David caught 22 of the 22 species and set 5 new catch and release records. He is the first angler to catch all 22 Sportfish Awards species that meet the minimum length requirement!
  • 9 new state records were awarded in the Catch & Release category.

There’s plenty of time to get involved in 2022! Learn more about the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards program and submit your catch to


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