The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame recognizes extraordinary achievements in recreational fishing around the world by anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. The first class, honoring 29 of the sport's luminaries, was inducted in 1998. Since then, 71 additional fishing greats have been welcomed to the Hall at the annual induction ceremony in October of each year. Along with the biographical video produced by the IGFA, each Hall of Fame member is honored with a plaque at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida, USA. Additional information, documents, and photographs of Hall of Fame members may be found in the E. K. Harry Library.
To learn more about nominating a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please click here.
Hall of Fame Inductees' Bios
To nominate a candidate for the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, please send a detailed submission letter to Rob Kramer, IGFA President. This letter should describe the nominee’s significant and lasting contributions to the sport of recreational angling. Nominated individuals can be anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers, or fishing industry leaders. Supporting documentation included with the letter -- newspaper articles, biographical information, photographs, etc. – is extremely helpful, and all materials sent will be retained in the E. K. Harry Library archives. Once a person has been nominated, he or she will remain in consideration. Each year the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Nominating Committee reviews the information submitted for all potential honorees. Their selections are then submitted to the IGFA Board of Trustees for final approval.