In 2019, Colorado sports men and women took to the state’s lakes and streams vying for extra bragging rights.
That year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife introduced an online tracking system for its Master Angler program, outlining trophy lengths for 46 fish types found across the mountains and plains. The game changed with the system upgrades.
Not only could anglers get certificates with every qualifying catch, but now they could see their names added to the roster maintained by the state agency. Pull a 10-inch bluegill, or 18-inch largemouth bass, or 24-inch rainbow trout, or 28-inch saugeye, or 36-inch northern pike, to name but a few benchmarks, and be rewarded with your proof of catch.
Last year proved competitive.
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