Prizes

(Prizes may not be exactly as pictured)

Overview

The Angler’s Passport fishing program rewards responsible fishing, conservation of our natural environment, receiving education on sustainability, ecology and water safety, and community volunteerism to support this cause.

This program challenges people of all ages to get out and enjoy our waterways and natural resources.

Passport stamps are awarded for achievements in conservation, education, volunteering and fishing activities. These activities are offered by various state, county and city, schools and clubs in the area. This passport program includes opportunities for bank or boat fishing. You don’t have to fish to be included!

Directions

1. To register an Angler’s Passport please click on the “REGISTER YOUR PASSPORT” link, enter the information requested & click SEND. We will Email you back confirming your Angler’s Passport has been registered. When you purchase one online it is automatically registered to the purchaser, if it is a gift just let us know. 

2. Fill in the Identification page with your contact information in case your passport is lost.
Attach a picture, up to 2” x 2” inside the cover. Keep Southwest Washington Anglers
updated with your correct contact information to receive updated event dates as well as
for the awards ceremony.

3. Catch any fish in the Passport or perform any of the Conservation, Education or Volunteer activities.

4. Take a photo of yourself at the event, or of your catch by holding your fish so the top
half of your body, face and side view of the fish can be clearly seen. Refer to the SWWA
website for an example.

5. Email your picture, include the Passport #, Name & Species/Event to: southwestwashingtonanglers@gmail.com
We will verify the species/Event performed and Email you back confirmation to go ahead and put a Passport Sticker in your Passport. We track the participants species/Events in our data base.

If you did not receive Passport Stickers at time of purchase or need more, send email requesting Passport Stickers to: southwestwashingtonanglers@gmail.com Please include your Angler’s Passport #, we will mail them to you.

6. Prizes will be awarded in December 2021 at the annual Angler’s Passport Awards. Location and time to be announced on the SWWA website. You must be present to win.

Directions for Taking Pictures

1. Fish pictures – Hold the fish you caught vertically with the head up and the tail down so that
the side of the fish can be clearly seen. Usually a finger or two in the gill plates on one side will
enable you to hold the fish in the proper way for verification purposes. With fish that are not
too large please hold the fish high enough so that both the fish and your face can be seen in the
same picture. With larger fish like salmon hold the fish as high as possible and take a picture of
your whole body and the fish. One of the best ways to identify a chinook, coho or sockeye
salmon is by looking at the gums of the fish. (chinook have black gums and coho and sockeye
have whitish gums).

 

2. Conservation pictures – Take a picture of yourself at the event next to an event banner, or
with an activity coordinator. Alternatively, a certificate of completion or a photo of you
participating in the activity will also be accepted.
3. Education pictures – Take a picture of yourself with the Guest Speaker. The topic could be
anything from how to fish a specific species, to conservation talks, or even charter trips.
Alternatively, a certificate of completion would also be accepted.
4. Volunteerism pictures – Take a picture of yourself at the event next to an event banner, or
with an activity coordinator. Alternatively, a certificate of completion or a photo of you
participating in the activity will also be accepted.

Two Ways To Get Your Digital Pictures Verified

Remember:  You may take pictures of the Conservation, Educational, and Volunteer events as well as the 24 species of fish identified in your Angler’s Passport and on the Southwest Washington Anglers Website with either a digital camera or your cellphone!

   1. You may either get your digital pictures verified my taking your camera or cell phone to one of the locations listed on the Homepage of the swwa.org website      DUE TO COVID 19 THIS OPTION IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

Or

  1. You may email your digital photo to:

southwestwashingtonanglers@gmail.com

NOTE: Please include your Passport #, Name & Species/Event being verified.   

Rules

(Rule Revisions are in Red)

  • The Angler’s Passport program runs for a 12-month period as shown on the All activities must be completed during that period. Passports can be stamped at any SWWA meeting or event, or any other scheduled verification location (listed on the homepage of the SWWA website, swwa.org) during that time and as late as the first Saturday in December. No stamps will be given after the first Saturday in December.

Stamps are earned for the following:

  • Conservation Stamps are earned by participating in any type of conservation activity to include cleanup events of Southwest Washington waterways including beach cleanup, stream and river cleanup, nutrient enhancement activities, habitat construction or events. Bring an electronic photo of yourself at the conservation activity to a Southwest Washington Anglers meeting or any other scheduled verification location for validation and Passport stamp.
  • Education Stamps are earned by attending educational seminars at regional water boards, fish hatcheries, state and federal agency presentations and club meetings. Bring a completion certificate or an electronic photo of yourself at the educational activity with location and date information to a Southwest Washington Anglers meeting or any other scheduled verification location for validation and Passport
  • Fishing Stamps are earned by bringing an electronic photo to a Southwest Washington Anglers meeting or any other scheduled verification location to validate and receive a stamp. If the fish is to be kept then the photo should identify the angler, the fish and the location. If the fish is to be released unharmed then a photo of the fish in a net in the water followed by a quick selfie identifying the angler. Each catch may only be used once, by the angler who caught it. Southwest Washington Anglers reserves the right to invalidate a fish catch and/or passport of any angler using evidence already submitted for another
  • Community Volunteer stamps are earned by participation in volunteer activities with regional water boards, state and federal agencies, fish hatcheries, and events listed in the volunteer section of the Passport, as well as other activities that help promote angling and stewardship. Bring a completion certificate or an electronic photo of yourself performing the volunteer activity with location and date information to a Southwest Washington Anglers meeting or any other scheduled verification location for validation and Passport
  • Prizes will be awarded on the Second Saturday of Passports will be evaluated and

30 prizes will be awarded: 15 youth, 3 in each category and 15 adult, 3 in each category:

  1. Youth “most fish caught”
  2. Youth “most Conservation activities”
  3. Youth “most Educational activities”
  4. Youth “most Volunteer activities”
  5. Youth Grand Prize “most Stickers total”
  6. Adult “most fish caught”
  7. Adult “most Conservation activities”
  8. Adult “most Educational activities”
  9. Adult “most Volunteer activities”
  10. Adult Grand Prize “most Stickers total”
  • Prizes will be determined by the board of Southwest Washington Anglers prior to the awards ceremony. In the event of a tie, the Executive Board of Southwest Washington Anglers will determine the Executive Board Members of the Southwest Washington Anglers are not eligible for prizes.
  • Fishing Licenses – are not included with the passport or sold by the Southwest Washington Anglers. Fishing licenses are the responsibility of each Each angler is solely responsible for knowing and following the regulations for fishing and Southwest Washington Anglers does not make, imply or enforce rules or laws.
  • Park and or parking passes are not included with the passport and are not the responsibility of the Southwest Washington
  • NOTE: The fish species photos in the passport are representative only and actual fish vary depending on season. Fish species depicted in the passport are not actual size.

Conservation Activities ideas:

  1. River or Stream clean-ups
  2. Nutrient Enhancements
  3. Habitat Rehabilitations
  4. Habitat Constructions

Educational Activities ideas:

  1. Club Meeting Fishing Techniques & Locations Presentations
  2. Water Safety Seminars
  3. Coast Guard Boat Inspections
  4. WDFW Presentations
  5. S. Fish & Wildlife Presentations

Volunteer Activities ideas:

  1. Klineline Kids Fishing
  2. National “Get Outdoors” Day
  3. Merwin “Special Kids” Day
  4. River Junky Water Clean-up Events
  5. Langsdorf Landing Clean-up
  6. Earth Day Clean-ups
  7. SOLVE Beach Clean-ups