International Game Fish Association
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is recognized as a leading authority for documenting freshwater and saltwater world records. The IGFA was founded in 1939 and has representatives in 88 countries and territories. This organization has spent years developing a fair set of worldwide angling rules. In addition to fishing records, the IGFA maintains a fishing hall of fame and museum allowing them to carry out part of their mission to provide outstanding recognition and accomplishments in the field of angling. Induction into the IGFA fishing hall of fame is a major form of recognition resulting in the chance to be honored and respected as a participant in angling history on a worldwide level.
For more information visit: igfa.org
Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum
Freshwater world records are also documented by the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame (FFHF) and Museum in Hayward, Wisconsin. The idea for the FFHF started in 1960 and expanded in 1969, 1972 and 1976 with the opening of a museum facility. A catch and release program was added in 1993. In addition to recording records, the FFHF maintains an enshrinement program providing recognition in several categories. Induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum results in worldwide recognition and the chance to be honored for endeavors that have a national or worldwide impact to the sport of fishing.
For more information visit: freshwater-fishing.org
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program is an excellent example of a robust records and awards program. The program not only recognizes awards for weight state records but also awards for waterbody records, catch and release, fly fishing, and more.
For more information visit: https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/