The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame selected longtime Ranger Boats Pro Steve Clapper for enshrinement.
The awards committee said it selected Clapper for his lasting impact and contributions to freshwater fishing.
"It was a surprise. It's not something that I ever expected," Clapper said in a statement. "To be included with the others is really a great honor."
Ranger said Clapper's many successes on the water are only topped by his off-the-water contributions to bass fishing. Generations of anglers have benefited from his innovative techniques and expertise in catching bass in big waters. Clapper has spent countless hours sharing his knowledge with thousands of anglers, the company said.
Clapper has fished from a Ranger boat for much of his competitive career.
"They had some questions for me and some others on what we would like to see in a big-water bass boat," Clapper said. "I wanted a little higher sides, more of a sharper vee to cut the waves and changes in seating arrangements. Ranger heeded those suggestions. It's like nothing else I have ever driven."