How big are Michigan’s popular gamefish? One program reveals the answer.
Called the Master Angler program, it keeps records of the largest fish, by species, caught in the state’s waters each year. Fish that seem to be a “wallhanger” class caught by an angler are taken to a place with certified scales and checked for weight, size and species. This information is checked against the minimum size and weight required to be eligible for Master Angler status, and recorded. The lucky fisherman is given a certificate to prove his record catch for the year.