MassWildlife’s Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program recognizes anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish from Massachusetts waters that are open to the public. It’s time to celebrate the 2021 participants and winners!
Angler of the Year awards are given in 3 categories to the person who catches the most species that meet the minimum weight or length requirements. Check out a list of the 2021 top catches by species.
- Joshua Christman of Pittsfield is the Catch & Keep Adult Angler of the Year. He caught 13 of the 22 eligible species.
- Philip Prieur of South Hamilton is the Catch & Keep Youth Angler of the Year. He caught 18 of the 22 eligible species.
- David Desimone of Amherst is the Catch & Release Angler of the Year. David caught 22 of 22 species and was awarded 5 new state catch & 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 is plenty of time to get involved in 2022! Learn more about the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program and submit your catch at mass.gov/dfw/sportfishing-awards.