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Tennessee Angler Recognition Program

  • Tennessee Angler Recognition Program
  • Minimum Trophy Fish Lengths
  • TARP Entries Summary
  • TARP Angler Photos
  • Last Update: February 1, 2017
    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 tab at the top of the page (Minimum Trophy Fish Lengths), will receive 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 receive 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 in the tab at the top of the page (Minimum Trophy Fish Lengths).
    • 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 each Trophy Fish application, a $5.00 processing fee, must 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 14 344 19.75 Melton Hill Knox
    Blue Catfish 34 649 61.00 Nickajack Marion
    Bluegill 10 170 14.25 Center Hill Dekalb
    Brook Trout 10 411 19.00 Obey River Clay
    Brown Trout 26 106 35.00 S. F. Holston River Sullivan
    Channel Catfish 30 74 44.25 Lake Barkley Stewart
    Cherokee Bass 28 68 38.75 Ft. Loudoun Blount
    Common Carp 34 136 51.10 Private Lake Washington
    Flathead Catfish 34 178 54.75 Chickamauga Hamilton
    Freshwater Drum 28 178 39.00 Guntersville Marion
          39.00 Nickajack Hamilton
    Lake Trout 28 37 34.75 Watauga Lake Carter
    Largemouth Bass 22 524 29.00 Private Lake Haywood
          29.00 Lake Sherwood Cumberland
          29.00 Parksville Lake Polk
    Muskellunge 40 75 53.40 Melton Hill Anderson
    Rainbow Trout 24 91 34.50 Watauga River Carter
    Redear Sunfish 11 250 14.50 Center Hill DeKalb
          14.50 Lake Ocoee Polk
    Rock Bass 10 139 14.50 Duck River Bedford
    Sauger 20 37 24.00 Watts Bar Loudon
    Smallmouth Bass 20 946 28.00 Cherokee Jefferson
    Spotted Bass 18 104 23.25 Parksville Polk
    Striped Bass 40 248 50.00 Melton Hill Anderson
    Walleye 28 55 34.00 Cordell Hull Jackson
    White Bass 18 54 24.00 Mississippi River Shelby
    White Crappie 14 646 18.75 Chickamauga Hamilton
    Yellow Perch 11 127 16.00 Chilhowee Lake Blount

     

  • TARP Angler Photos

    Doug Steffe with a Muckellunge
    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
    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
    Karson Atkins
    40 inch Striped Bass
     Kerry Little
    Kerry Little
    29 inch Lake Trout
     Laurie Johnston
    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
    Mac Gasque
    11 inch Yellow Perch
    Markus Chady
    Markus Chady
    29 inch Brown Trout
     Matt Sureson
    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
    Paton Desha
    17.5 inch Black Crappie
     Philip Roerdink
    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