2019 has been a record-setting year for Texas fishing! 47 new state fishing records and 434 new waterbody records were set at lakes, rivers and bays across the state in the past year. These achievements provide bragging rights and a lifetime of memories for the winning anglers, and they also showcase the world-class fishing opportunities that can be found in every part of Texas. Here are just a few of this year’s record-setters:
Texas rod and reel record scamp caught by Brice Sanchez in the Gulf of Mexico Jan. 6, 2019.
Texas fly fishing record red drum caught by Candace Kern in Matagorda Bay Aug. 14, 2019.
Texas fly fishing record bowfin caught by Stavros Cotsoradis at Lake Conroe June 1, 2019.
Texas junior rod and reel record blue catfish caught by Brayden Rogers at Lake Tawakoni March 16, 2019.
The Angler Recognition Program has been recognizing fishing excellence since 1971 with fish record lists for all public and private water bodies across the state.
Anglers can submit their water body or state record-setting fish in a variety of categories, including freshwater and saltwater; all ages and junior; weight and length; and the method of catch, including rod and reel, fly rod, bow fishing, other methods, and catch and release.
To search current records, review the types of awards available and learn how to submit your catch, visit tpwd.texas.gov/fishawards.