Illinois Sport Fishing Awards

The Division of Fisheries offers "Hook-and-Line" and "Spear/Bow and Arrow" angler recognition awards for fish caught in Illinois waters. Junior angler awards are for young anglers under 16 years of age catching or bowfishing their first Illinois fish. While Big Fish, Catch and Release, Master Angler, Grand Slam, and State Record Awards are available to any hook-and-line or bowfishing angler meeting the eligibility requirements outlined in the rules.

Now available here, Jr. Angler, Catch & Release, and Big Fish certificates can be downloaded and printed from your personal computer. Completed applications with associated information for Master Angler, Grand Slam, and State Record must be sent to the Division of Fisheries for processing. Awards are returned to the angler at the end of the current fishing season.

Refer to the appropriate rules section for more information.
Hook-and-Line
Spear/Bow

Bowfishing Big Fish Award: print certificate
Type your personal info on certificate prior to printing.

Junior Angler Bowfishing Award: print certificate
Type your personal info on certificate prior to printing.

Bowfishing State Record: Download the application.

Bowfishing Grand Slam Award: Download the application.

Master Bowfishing Award: Download the application.


Junior Angler
Junior Angler Fishing Award: print certificate
Type your personal info on certificate prior to printing.


Catch and Release
Catch and Release Fishing Award: print certificate
Type your personal info on certificate prior to printing.


Big fish
Big Fish Award: print certificate
Type your personal info on certificate prior to printing.

Master angler

Master Angler Award: download application


Grand Slam

Grand Slam Fishing Award: download application


State Record

State Record Fish Award: download application


Mail-in applications are availbable to download for the Master Angler, Grand Slam and/or State Record Awards.
They should be mailed to:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Divisions of Fisheries
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 67202-1271