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Boaters, anglers, and other lake and river users are reminded that many unwanted, invasive species can be transported and inadvertently introduced to new waters by hitchhiking undetected on your boat, trailer, motor, waders, diving equipment, and other fishing gear. Please drain your boat, motor, and live well(s); clean and decontaminate your boat, motor, trailer, ropes, and gear; and make sure your equipment is thoroughly dry before entering any body of water. This is especially important if you have been boating in western Massachusetts, New York, Vermont or Connecticut. For more information contact Massachusetts DCR Lakes and Ponds Program at (617) 626-1250 or

Regulations in red are new this year.

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