Last Update: January 30, 2014
The Tennessee Angler Recognition Program (TARP) allows anglers to have their trophy fish recognized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Anglers of any age, who catch qualifying fish species that meet or exceed the qualifying lengths may apply. The TWRA Fisheries Management Division sends those accomplished anglers certificates featuring color reproductions of fish artwork by renowned wildlife artist Joseph R. Tomelleri.
The program is designed to acknowledge anglers for outstanding sportfishing accomplishments, encourage catch-and-release of trophy size fish, and provide the TWRA with information on large fish caught throughout the state.
TARP should not be confused with the State Record Fish program that recognizes anglers who catch a new state record fish (largest fish recorded for that species in the state.) Instead, TARP recognizes anglers who catch trophy-size fish that are not necessarily state records.
TARP features five levels of angler recognition. Anglers catching a fish that meets or exceeds the minimum "trophy" length requirements, listed in the table below, will recieve a Trophy Fish Certificate (click for example) . These certificates feature Joeseph R. Tomelleri artwork representing the species caught by the applicant and are suitable for framing. After anglers catch five trophy size fish in any combination, a Master Angler level I certificate and patch will be awarded at no cost to the angler. Anglers submitting five trophy size fish of different species recieve a Master Angler level II certificate and patch.
The Master Angler III will be awarded to anglers submitting ten different trophy species. In addition to a certificate and patch, the angler will receive a "tackle package" courtesy of Bass Pro Shops-Sevierville, Tennessee.
The newest level, Master Angler IV, will be awarded to anglers submitting fifteen different trophy fish. The award will consist of a certificate, patch, and an engraved trophy.
If you believe your catch exceeds the current state record for that species, you should immediately contact a TWRA Fisheries Biologist for positive identification of the fish and the appropriate application. Click here for more information
An application form may be obtained by clicking this link (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) or by contacting the TWRA Fisheries Management Division at (615) 781-6575. Complete one application for each fish you are registering. You may include more than one application form per envelope. If the fish length is being verified by photo, the picture must be enclosed with the application. For the Trophy Fish Certificate(s) only, a $5.00 processing fee, per application, must also be enclosed and mailed within 90 days from the date of catch. Make check or money order payable to TWRA and mail, with the application(s), to the address at the bottom of the application. The processing fee is non-refundable for non-qualifying applications.
|Cherokee Bass (Hybrid)||
|Crappie (Black or White)||
Measuring Your Fish
Lay the fish flat on the top of, or beside, a measuring rule or tape. Do not lay the rule over the curvature of the fish's body. Close the fish's mouth and squeeze the tail lobes together. Measure from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail to the nearest 1/4 inch.
|SPECIES||QUALIFYING LENGTH||TOTAL SUBMITTED||LARGEST (inches)||WATERBODY||COUNTY|
|Black Crappie||14||270||19.75||Melton Hill||Knox|
|Brook Trout||10||390||18.00||Indian Camp Creek||Cocke|
|Brown Trout||26||89||35.00||S. F. Holston River||Sullivan|
|Channel Catfish||30||55||44.25||Lake Barkley||Stewart|
|Cherokee Bass||28||49||38.75||Ft. Loudoun||Blount|
|Common Carp||34||125||51.10||Private Lake||Washington|
|Lake Trout||28||29||34.75||Watauga Lake||Carter|
|Largemouth Bass||22||415||29.00||Private Lake||Haywood|
|Rainbow Trout||24||79||34.50||Watauga River||Carter|
|Redear Sunfish||11||178||14.50||Center Hill||DeKalb|
|Rock Bass||10||102||12.00||Pigeon River||Cocke|
|Striped Bass||40||181||50.00||Melton Hill||Anderson|
|White Bass||18||42||24.00||Mississippi River||Shelby|
|Yellow Perch||11||74||14.50||Lake Dartmoor||Cumberland|