Center for Sportfishing Policy President Jeff Angers Honored with Fisherman’s Best Friend Award by Bass Pro Shops

January 25, 2024

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris (right) presenting Jeff Angers (center),
president of Center for Sportfishing Policy with Bass Pro Shops’ Fisherman’s Best
Friend Award for 2023. Jeff was joined by his daughter Reagan (left).

Springfield, Mo. – January 25, 2024 – The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) proudly announces its President Jeff Angers has been recognized with the prestigious Fisherman’s Best Friend Award by Bass Pro Shop’s founder Johnny Morris. This accolade celebrates Angers’ contributions to recreational fishing and his unwavering commitment to conserving and promoting America’s marine resources.

The Fisherman’s Best Friend Award is presented annually to an individual who makes a lasting impact on conservation throughout their career. This recognition is a testament to Angers’ dedication and leadership in advocating for policies that support the conservation of marine resources and the interests of saltwater anglers nationwide. His tireless efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping policies that ensure the long-term health of fisheries; access to fishing opportunities, and the overall well-being of the recreational angling community.

“For decades, Jeff’s strong leadership has shaped our nation’s federal marine fisheries policies. His commitment to ensuring natural resources are managed for long-term sustainability; that recreational anglers have a voice, and diverse partners are engaged to reach policy solutions is unwavering.  Jeff’s actions have made fishing better,” said legendary angler, noted conservationist, and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.  “Through increasing access for anglers to enhancing management of marine habitats and fish populations to creating effective coalitions, Jeff has made a lasting impact.” 

“Johnny Morris’ visionary leadership has been instrumental in the success of the Center for Sportfishing Policy and so many partner organizations,” Angers said. “With conservation and good stewardship of America’s natural resources at our core, recreational anglers and boaters have a solid foundation on which to stand and fight for access and opportunity in America’s public waters. I couldn’t think of a better friend and partner in these endeavors than Johnny Morris and the Bass Pro Shops family.” 

These awards are given annually at the company’s Base Camp national headquarters to individuals who exemplify ideals of conservation leadership and complement Bass Pro Shops’ mission to inspire people to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. Prior recipients include Country Music’s Luke Bryan; Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s Jeff Crane; RCR’s Richard Childress; Orvis’ Leigh Perkins; Ducks Unlimited’s Adam Putnam; B.A.S.S.’s Ray Scott, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Jeff Trandahl.

Under Angers’ leadership, CSP has become a leading voice in advocating for marine conservation policies that balance the interests of anglers, industry and America’s Outdoor Economy. This recognition highlights the importance of collaborative efforts to ensure a sustainable and thriving future for recreational fishing.   

About the Center for Sportfishing Policy
The Center for Sportfishing Policy is the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers. The Center organizes, focuses and engages recreational fishing stakeholders to speak with one voice to shape federal marine fisheries management policies. For more information, visit