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Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program

Hunting Regulations Icon Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

Awards for freshwater fish are offered in 22 categories. Each qualified entry receives a bronze pin. The largest fish in each category each year also receives a gold pin and plaque. There are also Youth (17 and under) and Adult “Angler of the Year” awards given to anglers who have taken the greatest variety of “pinfish” during the calendar year. Fish must meet minimum weight or length requirements listed below. Catch and Keep entries must be weighed on a scale certified by the State. Go to mass.gov/dfw/sportfishing-awards for a list of weigh stations and to download an affidavit. This information is also available at MassWildlife offices.

STATE RECORD FISH

Learn more about the Massachusetts Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program and see a list of state record fish past Gold Pin winners at mass.gov/dfw/sportfishing-awards or visit any MassWildlife office.

Minimum Weights and Lengths

Species

Catch and Keep (Weight)

Catch and Release Length (inches)

Adult

Youth

Bowfin

6 lb. 0 oz.

4 lb. 0 oz.

26

Brook Trout

2 lb. 0 oz.

1 lb. 0 oz.

16

Brown Trout

4 lb. 0 oz.

2 lb. 0 oz.

22

Bullhead

2 lb. 0 oz.

1 lb. 0 oz.

15

Carp

15 lb. 0 oz.

10 lb. 0 oz.

31

Chain Pickerel

4 lb. 8 oz.

3 lb. 0 oz.

25

Channel Catfish

6 lb. 0 oz.

5 lb. 0 oz.

25

Crappie

1 lb. 8 oz.

1 lb. 0 oz.

14

Lake Trout

7 lb. 0 oz.

5 lb. 0 oz.

30

Landlocked Salmon1

4 lb. 0 oz.

3 lb. 0 oz.

22

Largemouth Bass

7 lb. 0 oz.

4 lb. 0 oz.

21

Northern Pike

15 lb. 0 oz.

10 lb. 0 oz.

36

Rainbow Trout

3 lb. 0 oz.

2 lb. 0 oz.

20

Shad

5 lb. 0 oz.

3 lb. 0 oz.

22

Smallmouth Bass

4 lb. 8 oz.

3 lb. 0 oz.

20

Sunfish2

0 lb. 12 oz.

0 lb. 8 oz.

10

Tiger Muskellunge

10 lb. 0 oz.

7 lb. 0 oz.

34

Tiger Trout

2 lb. 0 oz.

1 lb. 0 oz.

16

Walleye

4 lb. 0 oz.

2 lb. 0 oz.

24

White Catfish

4 lb. 0 oz.

2 lb. 0 oz.

19

White Perch

1 lb. 8 oz.

1 lb. 0 oz.

14

Yellow Perch

1 lb. 8 oz.

1 lb. 0 oz.

14