Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Texas Kids Have Good Shot at State Record Fish

Getting credit for catching a record fish in Texas is easier
than you may think, especially if you’re a youngster.

Better still from a conservation standpoint, you can hang a nice
Texas Parks and Wildlife certificate on your wall instead of a
mounted trophy.

“With school out and plenty of time for fishing, the department
would like parents to know the chances of their kid becoming a
record holder are really good,” says Joedy Gray, who runs TPWD’s
Angler Recognition Program. “The odds are in a young angler’s favor
because there are a lot of bodies of water in Texas for which no
one has applied for a record yet.”

Junior anglers under the age of 17 are encouraged to set records
in fishing holes around the state this summer. In areas where there
is no existing record, fish must be at least the legal size. To
record the fish, remember to find a certified scale location and
have a measuring tape handy. For a list of locations with certified
scales, visit the TPWD site at:

The Angler Recognition Program maintains state records for
public and private waters including all lakes, rivers and bays. In
addition to size records, the program recognizes other fishing
achievements including first fish (for any angler, any age), big
fish (for landing a trophy fish of any qualifying species), elite
angler (for catching five trophy-class freshwater or saltwater
fish) and outstanding angler (for a catch that does not fit other
award categories but still deserves recognition.)

If a junior angler’s first fish turns out to be a state and
water body record for weight and length and also qualifies for a
Big Fish award then that youth is looking at six separate awards
for their one fish.

If you are unsure of your fishing hole’s records, look them up
on your phone with the program’s mobile record search at:

For more information, visit the program’s site at:

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