Conserving fish and fish habitat and providing fishing opportunities to anglers are top priorities for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Fisheries Division, and partnering with anglers goes a long way in making these things happen.

Bass tournament anglers are an important part of the equation, since they typically travel to several lakes and land large numbers of fish during the competitions. Right now, the Wildlife Department is offering tournament participants a free resource to keep onboard their boats as a reminder of how they can protect fish and their habitat.

The Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation received funding from the Boat U.S. Foundation and partnered with the Wildlife Department to print and distribute a handy information card for anglers. The two-sided, 4-inch by 6-inch Tournament Angler Card is made of heavy-duty plastic and can withstand exposure to the elements.

“One side displays quick tips about aquatic nuisance species and how anglers can help prevent their spread,” said Curtis Tackett, aquatic nuisance species biologist for the Wildlife Department. “The other side depicts a ‘Top 10 Tips for Fish Care’ and how to keep bass alive for release following tournament. Each card also comes with a lanyard.”

Tournament groups and competitive anglers interested in helping protect fish and their habitat can obtain these cards to hand out at tournaments and meetings.

To ask questions or to obtain cards for a bass fishing group, contact Tackett at (405) 521-4623.