Over 150 entries were received for the 2022 Angler Achievement Awards Program. As with previous years, the majority of applications were entered in the Catch and Release Category compared to the Annual Award (kept) Category, suggesting that most anglers opt to release the large fish they catch.
Highlights from last year:
- Black bass (largemouth and smallmouth) made up over half of the entries received.
- Two state records were established:
- Bailey Williams (Watertown, NY) caught a 35 lb. 12 oz. channel catfish from the Black River, Jefferson County on May 8, 2022.
- Thomas Russell Jr. (Albion, NY) reeled in an 8 lb. 6 oz. smallmouth bass from Cayuga Lake, Seneca County on June 15, 2022.
Want to see some big fish? Check out a compilation of some of last year’s winners: