Update - June 10, 2020

On May 16, when public boat launches were opened by our provincial government, Ontario Women Anglers reinstated the Master Angler Program. All other OWA events and activities continue to be on hold while social/physical distancing restrictions are in place.

While the Master Angler program remains open, we are making the following amendment during the COVID crisis:

  • Master Angler submissions will only be accepted from members who adhere to government guidelines on social and physical distancing - no exceptions. This is in response to government directives that take effect Friday, June 12, 2020.

We want all of our members to be safe during this challenging time and we'll continue to respect the guidelines that our government and health professionals have given us.

 

Master Angler Program

 

 

 

The Ontario Women Anglers’ Master Angler Program is designed to encourage members:

 

  • to take their fishing skills to the next level by catching trophy fish

  • to investigate new fishing opportunities, bodies of water and species

  • to support and mentor other female anglers in catching quality fish

  • to provide some friendly competition at organized events and on individual outings

  • and most importantly…to encourage women to get outdoors and have fun!

PROGRAM RULES

 

  • Participants must be paid Ontario Women Anglers members in good standing.

  • Entries can be fish caught in Canada and the U.S. only.

  • NEW Master Angler submissions will only be accepted from members who adhere to government guidelines on social and physical distancing - no exceptions. This is in response to government directives that take effect Friday, June 12, 2020.

  • Each fish submitted must be caught by the member herself and meet the minimum length requirement.  

  • Along with the completed online form, a photo of the fish must be e-mailed to: masterangler.owa101@gmail.com

  • Quickly photograph the fish and release it back into the water.  CPR (catch, photo, release) is strongly encouraged to help the sustainability of our fisheries.

  • Fish should photographed on a flat surface, mouth closed at one end of the measuring device and tail pinched at the other end.

  • The entire fish and measurement must be clearly shown on a bump board or measuring tape in the picture.

  • The photograph should be taken directly above the fish, not on an angle.

  • Measurement should be to the closest 1/8" (no rounding up).

  • Also send in a picture of yourself holding your prize fish. We want to show off your success! Do not send in pictures of the fish on a stringer, hung from a scale or similar device. Please use proper fish handling methods.

  • Fish must be caught within the season they are open. Please check MNRF regulations for the fisheries management zone (FMZ) you are fishing.  https://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-fishing-regulations-summary 

  • Submissions must be made within 30 days of the fish being caught.

  • Please post your pictures on your social media accounts and tag #ontariowomenanglers  If you are not already in the closed Facebook group, you can join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ontariowomenanglers/ 

  • The program will run from November 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020.

  • A silver OWA Master Angler pin will be awarded for each qualified submission during the program operating year. Pins will be handed out at our Christmas event or mailed in December of each year.

  • Only one pin will be awarded per species caught in each year regardless of how many Master Angler sized fish of that species you submit. For example, if you catch and submit three Black Crappie, you will receive one pin but you can submit another Master Angler sized crappie in the following year for another pin.

  • By sending in your submission, you confirm that you have read and followed the program rules. Additionally, you allow Ontario Women Anglers to use your picture(s) on our social media accounts and for promotional purposes.

           NEW FOR 2020

           For conservation reasons, we have removed Muskie from the Master Angler list and replaced it with Sheepshead             (Freshwater Drum). We will be updating the measurement soon.

   

     SENIOR MASTER ANGLER

  • Once you have earned 10 silver pins (and it may take several years), exchange nine of them for one gold Senior Master Angler pin…and wear it with pride!

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