Since 1960, anglers who drop a line in Manitoba waters always have a chance of catching a really big fish—and adding their names to the prestigious Master Angler ranks. For the first time, big fish entries were recorded electronically last year (paper entries too). By all accounts, Master Angler Online at anglers.travelmanitoba.com is a hit!
The total number of entries topped 14,000, the biggest year since 2003. Over 9,000 fish were entered electronically while the remaining 5,000 entries happened the old-fashioned way—via paper.
The online site seems to be the perfect place for some friendly competition as anglers set their sights on beating some of the big players in the fishing game.
"I want to rank higher than Bob Izumi,” confessed one avid angler.
Paper entries will be accepted this year before the program goes completely online in 2015. Simply enter the species and the length of your catch and find out if you’ve joined the Master Angler club. The new Website also includes information about the program, a peek at the record books and some of the most recent big catches in the province. There's also a new Master Angler iPhone app to help you log your catches on the fly.
And if you’re a trout enthusiast, here’s some good news. Tiger trout has been added to the roster of eligible species (Kokanee has been dropped). The minimum length for a Master Angler tiger trout is 51cm (20”). The designated picture length is 61cm (24”).