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Skillful Angler Program Leader Board 2019

The tables below list the current leaders in the main categories of the categories for both freshwater and saltwater fish. The list will be updated regularly as heavier/larger fish are certified in the program. (The Division and Slam categories will not be included on this page.)

For minimum qualifying weights and lengths for all species, application information and lists of past winners are found on the Skillful Angler Program page. The Division of Fish and Wildlife encourages all anglers to keep the program in mind when fishing, but more importantly, encourages everyone to get outdoors and enjoy some of the great fishing our state has to offer.

Below are the leading 2019 entries as of June 21:

Freshwater Fish
SPECIES
ADULT
JUNIOR
CATCH & RELEASE
Bullhead No Entry   No Entry   Frank Ruczynski
David Strojny
15"
Carp No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Chain Pickerel No Entry   No Entry   Frank Ruczynski
Vincent Santroni
26"
Channel Catfish No Entry   No Entry   Michael Criss 30"
Crappie No Entry   No Entry   Vincent Santroni 15"
Largemouth Bass No Entry   No Entry   Frank Ruczynski 22"
Muskellunge No Entry   No Entry   Phil Juhring 45"
Northern Pike No Entry   No Entry   Justin Lerner 34"
Salmon, Atlantic Landlocked No Entry   No Entry   Christopher Pereira 20"
Shad, American No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Smallmouth Bass No Entry   No Entry   Phil Juhring 22"
Striped Bass No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Striped Bass Hybrid No Entry   No Entry   Peter Rathjens 26"
Sunfish No Entry   No Entry   Christopher Reutlinger 9"
Trout, Brook No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Trout, Brown No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Trout, Lake No Entry   No Entry   Christopher Pereira 31"
Trout, Rainbow Paul Haertel 6 lbs. 11.2 oz. No Entry   No Entry  
Walleye Donald Rolfs 11 lbs. 5 oz. No Entry   Christopher Pereira 25"
Yellow Perch No Entry   Maxsim "Max" Hughen 1 lb. 15 oz. John Boszko 13"
Bowfin No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Tiger Muskie No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
White Perch No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  

Saltwater Fish
SPECIES
ADULT
JUNIOR
CATCH & RELEASE
Black Drum No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Black Sea Bass No Entry   No Entry   Steve Moreyra 24"
Bluefish No Entry   No Entry   Lawrence Newman 36"
Cod No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Dolphin No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Fluke No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Kingfish No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Mako Shark No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Marlin, Blue No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Marlin, While No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Pollock No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Striped Bass Jacob Turner 56 lbs. 14.4 oz. No Entry   No Entry  
Tautog No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Tuna, Albacore No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Tuna, Big Eye No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Tuna, Bluefin No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Tuna, Yellowfin No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Tuna (other) No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Weakfish No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  
Winter Flounder No Entry   No Entry   No Entry  

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Last Updated: August 23, 2019