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Tennessee Angler Recognition Program - TARP

Last Update: January 30, 2014

Link to Example Tarp Certificate

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. 

Trophy Fish/Master Angler Certificates 

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.

Bass Pro Shops, Sevierville, TN Logo

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.

How Do You Qualify?

  • The fish must meet or exceed the minimum lengths listed below
  • Persons 13 years of age or older must be licensed anglers and must provide their license number (TWRA#) on the application.
  • The fish must be caught legally (in accordance with Tennessee Sportfishing Regulations) in Tennessee waters, by sportfishing methods only (rod and reel or cane pole).
  • The length of the fish must be verified by either a witness or a photograph. The witness must complete the section on the application and/or the photo must be of the fish lying flat on top of or beside a flat measuring rule or tape and included with the application. Note that photographs of the angler holding their catch may be used in TWRA publications, including the Agency's website.


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

How Do You Apply

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.

Minimum Trophy Fish Lengths

 

Species
Length (inches)
Largemouth Bass
22
Spotted Bass
18
Smallmouth Bass
20
Striped Bass
40
Cherokee Bass (Hybrid)
28
White Bass
18
Crappie (Black or White)
14
Bluegill
10
Redear Sunfish
11
Rock Bass
10
Sauger
20
Walleye
28
Yellow Perch
11
Muskellunge
40
Brook Trout
10
Brown Trout
26
Rainbow Trout
24
Lake Trout
28
Channel Catfish
30
Blue Catfish
34
Flathead Catfish
34
Common Carp
34
Freshwater Drum
28

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.

Summary of Tennessee's Angler Recognition Program Entries

 

SPECIES QUALIFYING LENGTH TOTAL SUBMITTED LARGEST (inches) WATERBODY COUNTY
Black Crappie 14 270 19.75 Melton Hill Knox
Blue Catfish 34 539 61.00 Nickajack Marion
Bluegill 10 129 14.25 Center Hill Dekalb
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
Flathead Catfish 34 127 54.50 Chickamauga Hamilton
Freshwater Drum 28 156 39.00 Guntersville Marion
Lake Trout 28 29 34.75 Watauga Lake Carter
Largemouth Bass 22 415 29.00 Private Lake Haywood
29.00 Lake Sherwood Cumberland
29.00 Parksville Lake Polk
Muskellunge 40 61 53.40 Melton Hill Anderson
Rainbow Trout 24 79 34.50 Watauga River Carter
Redear Sunfish 11 178 14.50 Center Hill DeKalb
14.50 Lake Ocoee Polk
Rock Bass 10 102 12.00 Pigeon River Cocke
12.000 Cheatham Lake Davidson
Sauger 20 27 24.00 Watts Bar Loudon
Smallmouth Bass 20 764 28.00 Cherokee Jefferson
Spotted Bass 18 80 23.25 Parksville Polk
Striped Bass 40 181 50.00 Melton Hill Anderson
Walleye 28 42 34.00 Cordell Hull Jackson
White Bass 18 42 24.00 Mississippi River Shelby
White Crappie 14 518 18.75 Chickamauga Hamilton
Yellow Perch 11 74 14.50 Lake Dartmoor Cumberland
     

 

TARP Angler Photos

Doug Steffe
Doug Steffe
42 inch Muskellunge
Roy Hawk
Roy Hawk
44 inch Striped Bass
Austin Hale
Austin Hale
15.25 inch Black Crappie
Bryson Phillips
Bryson Phillips
36.5 inch Flathead Catfish
Carl Vicars
Carl Vicars
16 inch Black Crappie
Cora Phillips
Cora Phillips
13 inch Redear Sunfish
Dalton McKenzie
Dalton McKenzie
14 inch Yellow Perch
Daniel Hinton
Daniel Hinton
47 inch Muskellunge
Donny Desha
Donny Desha
45 inch Common Carp
Douglas Salyer
Douglas Salyer
28.25 inch Lake Trout
Dowell Bales
Dowell Bales
25 inch Largemouth Bass
Felton Kent
Felton Kent
22 inch Largemouth Bass
Gage Starks
Gage Starks
11.25 inch Redear Sunfish
Gary Zielinski
Gary Zielinski
12 inch Brook Trout
Hailey Duncan
Hailey Duncan
37 inch Freshwater Drum
Hunter Bowerman
Hunter Bowerman
10.5 inch Brook Trout

Jaclyn Stewart
22 inch Largemouth Bass
Jacob Tipton
Jacob Tipton
23 inch Smallmouth Bass
Jake Marsden
Jake Marsden
14.25 inch Black Crappie
James Carroll
James Carroll
37 inch Blue Catfish
Jared Shuler
Jared Shuler
20.25 inch Smallmouth Bass
Jason Kruger
Jason Kruger
34.5 inch Blue Catfish
Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson
23.5 inch Largemouth Bass
Jessica Sullivan
Jessica Sullivan
10.25 inch Bluegill
John Perry
John Perry
11.25 inch Bluegill
Jonah Henry
Jonah Henry
16.75 inch Black Crappie
Joseph Gasiecki
Joseph Gasiecki
14 inch White Crappie
Joseph Willard
Joseph Willard
11 inch Yellow Perch
Justin Fisher
Justin Fisher
39 inch Freshwater Drum
Justin Keefer
Justin Keefer
44 inch Blue Catfish

Karson Atkins
40 inch Striped Bass

Kerry Little
29 inch Lake Trout

Laurie Johnston
22.25 inch Smallmouth Bass
Leigh Ann Miller
Leigh Ann Miller
21 inch Smallmouth Bass
Logan Mitchell
Logan Mitchell
29.5 inch Freshwater Drum

Mac Gasque
11 inch Yellow Perch
Markus Chady
Markus Chady
29 inch Brown Trout

Matt Sureson
22.25 inch Smallmouth Bass
Michael Fejes
Michael Fejes
15.5 inch White Crappie
Mickey Oldham
Mickey Oldham
16.25 inch White Crappie
Pamela Collins
Pamela Collins
21.5 inch Smallmouth Bass

Paton Desha
17.5 inch Black Crappie

Philip Roerdink
22 inch Smallmouth Bass
Randy Stinnett
Randy Stinnett
22 inch Largemouth Bass
Regina Comley
Regina Comley
41 inch Striped Bass
Rhonda Thomason
Rhonda Thomason
20.25 inch Smallmouth Bass
Roy Maclin
Roy Maclin
23.25 inch Largemouth Bass
Rusty Anderson
Rusty Anderson
21 inch Smallmouth Bass
Sherry Daugherty
Sherry Daugherty
18 inch Black Crappie
Ted Robinette
Ted Robinette
23.75 inch Largemouth Bass
Teresa Walters
Teresa Walters
13 inch Redear Sunfish
Tim Marvin
Tim Marvin
22.5 inch Smallmouth Bass
Todd Martin
Todd Martin
16 inch White Crappie
William Dickson
William Dickson
14.5 inch Black Crappie
William Johnston
William Johnston
19.75 inch White Bass
Anna Behlau
Anna Behlau
41 inch Channel Catfish
Austin Hale
Austin Hale
10.75 inch Bluegill
Brandon Wallace
Brandon Wallace
37.75 inch Flathead Catfish
Charles Perry
Charles Perry
36 inch Blue Catfish
Coco Daur
Coco Daur
15.9 inch White Crappie
Dakota Ogle
Dakota Ogle
37.25 inch Blue Catfish
David Maxey
David Maxey
30 inch Brown Trout
Deanna Doane
Deanna Doane
27 inch Brown Trout
Dylan Fowler
Dylan Fowler
16 inch White Crappie
Erica Himmelreich
Erica Himmelreich
17.5 inch White Crappie
Fred Wammock
Fred Wammock
43 inch Striped Bass
Gary Stahler
Gary Stahler
22.5 inch Largemouth Bass
Gerald Uhrine
Gerald Uhrine
52 inch Blue Catfish
Herman Dellinger
Herman Dellinger
27 inch Rainbow Trout
Houston Bennett
Houston Bennett
25.25 inch Rainbow Trout
James McRoy
James McRoy
46.6 inch Blue Catfish
John Dellinger
John Dellinger
28 inch Lake Trout
John Hagey
John Hagey
27 inch Largemouth Bass
John Sabol
John Sabol
37.5 inch Common Carp
Joseph Willard
Joseph Willard
11.25 inch Redear Sunfish
Joseph Willard
Joseph Willard
30.25 inch Freshwater Drum
Mac Gasque
Mac Gasque
35 inch Common Carp
Matthew Arender
Matthew Arender
10.5 inch Brook Trout
Megan Wilson
Megan Wilson
24 inch Largemouth Bass
Rich Holcomb
Rich Holcomb
23.5 inch Largemouth Bass
Robert Weber
Robert Weber
20.25 inch Smallmouth Bass
Roy Dellinger
Roy Dellinger
29 inch Freshwater Drum
Roy Hawk
Roy Hawk
47 inch Muskellunge
Scott Bencene
Scott Benscene
25.5 inch Rainbow Trout
Scott VanRemortel
Scott VanRemortel
30.5 inch Lake Trout
Shane Warren
Shane Warren
27.25 inch Brown Trout
Trey Harrington
Trey Harrington
24 inch Largemouth Bass
Alfred Childers
Alfred Childers
22 inch Smallmouth Bass
Anthony Westbrook
Anthony Westbrook
36 inch Common Carp
Warren Behlau
Warren Behlau
44 inch Blue Catfish
William Dickinson
William Dickinson
14 inch Black Crappie
Jack Schoonover
Jack Schoonover
40 inch Blue Catfish