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The Master Angler Program is one of WAM's most popular programs and provides a species-specific pin for a member who catches and releases a qualifying fish based on length. The contest year runs from April 1st to March 31st.



RULE UPDATE 2023:  A bump board is now required.

Photo two is of the fish laying on a bump board with a 90 degree angle with the mouth closed.

**Exception**

If the fish is longer then your bump board, you can run a commercial measuring device (not cloth) along the side of the bump board starting at the 90 degree angle.

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Current Master Angler Records

SPECIES SIZE WAM MEMBER

 BASS - LARGEMOUTH

21.75" LINDA CONDER
 BASS - LARGEMOUTH 21.75"  SHARON KITTERMAN - FLORIDA
 BASS - ROCK 12.25"  ELIZABETH COLSEN
 BASS - SMALLMOUTH 22" JULIE STACE
 BASS - WHITE 17.5" SUE READ
 BURBOT (EELPOUT) 28.75" KATERA THOMPSON
 CARP 35.75" JULIE SIEMS
 CATFISH - CHANNEL 37" TERA LINDSAY
 CATFISH - FLATHEAD 44" ELENA HANSEN
 CATFISH - FLATHEAD 52.25" EMILY EDGE - MISSISSIPPI
 CRAPPIE 15.25" MICHELLE MOREY
 CRAPPIE 16" TINA ROBINSON - NEW YORK
 MUSKY 57" MICHELLE MOREY
 NORTHERN PIKE 44" TRACY WELSH
 SALMON - COHO 26.5" MANDY STRAW
 SALMON - KING CHINOOK 39" KATIE CORGIAT
 SALMON - PINK 20.5" JULIE COLLMAN
 SAUGER 21.5" TERA LINDSAY
 STURGEON - LAKE 77" ERIKA BLEGEN
 STURGEON - LAKE 84" ELIZABETH COLSEN - CANADA
 STURGEON - SHOVEL NOSED 34.5" KATIE CORGIAT
 SUCKER 30" SUE READ
 SUNFISH 11.25" PATTY HELGET
 TROUT - COASTER BROOK 20.5" ANGIE FASBENDER
 TROUT - BROOK 18" JULIE COLLMAN
 TROUT - BROWN 17.75" JULIE SIEMS
 TROUT - BROWN 20.5" TERA LINDSAY - IDAHO
 TROUT - GREAT LAKES BROWN    
 TROUT - LAKE 34.5" JULIE COLLMAN
 TROUT - LAKE 37" MICHELLE MOREY - CANADA
 TROUT - RAINBOW 22" MELISSA WAGNER
 TROUT - RAINBOW 23.5" MICHELLE MOREY - GEORGIA
 TROUT - SPLAKE 22.5" JULIE COLLMAN
 TROUT - STEELHEAD  30.75" VICKI JUNG
 TULLIBEE  20" SHELLEY MAKOVEC
 WALLEYE  32" GINA HITTLE
 YELLOW PERCH  14" JAMIE JACOBSON & TRACY WELSH
 YELLOW PERCH 15.5" CAROL RODIEK - IDAHO


Awards

Master Angler

This award will be given to each member for any qualifying fish in each category.  Only one submission per species will be accepted each year. You will receive recognition on social media and a special pin commemorating your Master Angler catch.

Angler of the Year

This award will be given to the angler who has achieved the most Master Angler Awards. If there is a tie, all participants will receive the award. The winner will be announced at the Open Water Tournament and will receive a plaque and jacket commemorating their achievement.

NOTE: All core category fish and up to three Specialty and Rough category fish are eligible towards your total count for this award. You are only eligible to win this award once every three years.

Rookie of the Year

This award will be given to a new member who has achieved the most Master Angler Awards during the program year of April 1st to March 31st. To accommodate new members that register at the ice shoes, they have the option to count December to March 31st, or hold off until the next contest year of April 1st to March 31st. If there is a tie, all participants will receive the award. The winner will be announced at the Open Water Tournament and will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement.

Note: All core category fish and up to three Specialty and Rough category fish are eligible towards your total pin count for this award.

The Specialist

This award will be given to a member who has achieved the most Master Angler Awards during the program year of April 1st to March 31st in the Specialty & Rough categories.  The winner will be announced at the Open Water Tournament and will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement. You are only eligible to win this awards once every three years.


WAM Necklace

This custom necklace is awarded to members who have achieved six master angler awards.  These master angler awards can be multi-species or all of one species (still a maximum of one species award er year). This is a cumulative award from program inceptions on 06/01/2017. Meaning if it takes you until 2025 or longer to achieve this, we will maintain the records as long as the program is still in place, you will receive your award.


Elite Master Angler

This award will be given to a member who has eight of the core multi-species master angler pins, and one form the specialty category. The award for this achievement will be an Elite Master Angler jacket.  This is a cumulative award from the program inception on 06/01/2017. Meaning if it takes you until 2025 or longer to achieve this, we will maintain the records as long as the program is still in place, you will receive your award.


Personal integrity from each member demonstrates our commitment to providing fun, exciting, and educational fishing opportunities. To encourage all club members to participate and strive for Angler of the Year, members will be limited to winning once every three years. WAM reserves the right to change or discontinue the program at any time.


NOTE: All fish listed from the Core and Specialty categories are eligible for pins.  For example, a brook and a brown trout are both eligible for pins.




Rules

  • Must be a current member of WAM to participate​
  • Each fish meeting the minimum length criteria submitted for an award must be accompanied by two photos.
  • Photo one must include yourself and the fish.
  • Photo two must display the fish laying on a bump board with a 90 degree angle with the mouth closed. **Exception**  If the fish is longer than your bump board, you can run a commercial measuring device (not cloth) along the side of the bump board starting at the 90 degree angle.
  • A bump board must be used.  
  • Participant must be the person to set the hook. A guide or fishing partner cannot hand over the rod for you to reel in the fish.
  • Quickly photograph the fish on the measuring device and return the fish back to the water immediately
  • ​Do not provide a picture of a fish hanging from a stringer or scale or any device to the like.
  • All master angler qualified fish must be released back into the water
  • The fish must be submitted for consideration no later than 30 days after the catch.  However, fish caught in March  must be submitted in March and cannot be carried over to the Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year contests for the following contest year.  
  • ​The annual Master Angler Program will run from April 1st to March 31st each year.
  • Fish MUST be caught during the season in which they are open. i.e. a Walleye caught in Minnesota on March 10th would not be eligible for an award as the season is closed.
  • Club records are differentiated by location.  If it is not caught in the Upper Midwest (MN, ND, SD, IA, WI & MI), the location is tagged.




  • Must be a current member of WAM to participate​
  • Each fish meeting the minimum length criteria submitted for an award must be accompanied by two photos.
  • Photo one must include yourself and the fish.
  • Photo two must display the fish laying on a bump board with a 90 degree angle with the mouth closed. **Exception**  If the fish is longer than your bump board, you can run a commercial measuring device (not cloth) along the side of the bump board starting at the 90 degree angle.
  • A bump board must be used.  
  • Participant must be the person to set the hook. A guide or fishing partner cannot hand over the rod for you to reel in the fish.
  • Quickly photograph the fish on the measuring device and return the fish back to the water immediately
  • ​Do not provide a picture of a fish hanging from a stringer or scale or any device to the like.
  • All master angler qualified fish must be released back into the water
  • The fish must be submitted for consideration no later than 30 days after the catch.  However, fish caught in March  must be submitted in March and cannot be carried over to the Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year contests for the following contest year.  
  • ​The annual Master Angler Program will run from April 1st to March 31st each year.
  • Fish MUST be caught during the season in which they are open. i.e. a Walleye caught in Minnesota on March 10th would not be eligible for an award as the season is closed.
  • Club records are differentiated by location.  If it is not caught in the Upper Midwest (MN, ND, SD, IA, WI & MI), the location is tagged.

Current Award Holders

2022-2023


ANGLER OF THE YEAR

AMY MUNSINGER

Crappie, Northern Pike, Perch, Shovel Nose Sturgeon, Sturgeon, Sunfish,  Walleye

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KATIE CORGIAT

Coho Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Musky, Yellow Perch, Shovel Nose Sturgeon, Sucker, Sunfish

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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

ELENA HANSEN

Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass, Sturgeon, Sucker, Sunfish, Walleye

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SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR

JEAN CLARK

Channel Catfish, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Rock Bass, Shovel Nose Sturgeon, Sucker, Tullibee, White Bass

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Past Award Holders

2021-2022

ANGLER OF THE YEAR

Tracy Welsh - Crappie, Musky, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Walleye, Sucker, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Michelle Starr - Carp, Channel Catfish, Sucker

Tessa Fell - Crappie, Sucker, Sunfish

SPECIALTIST OF THE YEAR

Katie Corgiat - Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Coho Salmon,

Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, Steelhead Trout, Shovel Head

Sturgeon, Sucker, White Bass


2020-2021

ANGLER OF THE YEAR

Elizabeth Colsen - Walleye, Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, Crappie, Perch

Erika Blegen - Walleye, Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kelsie Thomas - Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Walleye

Tawny Dahlen - Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye

Tina Robinson - Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish


2019-2020

ANGLER OF THE YEAR

Michelle Morey - Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Musky, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

2018-2019

ANGLER OF THE YEAR

Jessi Havemeier - Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch

Julie Lane - Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch


2017-2018

ANGLER OF THE YEAR

Maddy Ogg - Walleye, Crappie, Yellow Perch


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