Fish on! Breakdown of large fish caught in DNR's Master Angler program

Think you have what it takes -- or the luck -- to rank among Michigan's top anglers?

The 2016 results of the Department of Natural Resources' Master Angler program are in, and more participants entered last year than the previous two years, according to a news release. 

Last year, 1,807 anglers from 24 states -- plus countries Austria and Canada -- submitted catches; up from 1,542 fish in 2015 and 987 fish in 2014. 

The program, which started in 1973, recognizes anglers' largest catches. 

Here are some of the most popular species caught in 2016:

-201 bluegill

-101 smallmouth bass

-93 crappie

-90 common carp

-89 pumpkinseed sunfish

-88 walleye

-87 freshwater drum

-75 channel catfish

-73 rock bass

Among them, one was a state record: a 9.98-pound smallmouth bass caught on Northern Michigan's Indian River by Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Fla.

Submissions for 2017 are being accepted through Jan. 10, 2018, on the DNR's website.

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