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This is the 2015 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide

This guide contains regulations effective January 1st, 2015.  For regulations effective today through December 31st, 2014, please refer to the 2014 Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Guide.

Freshwater Sportfishing Awards

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Awards for freshwater fish are offered in 22 categories. Each qualified entry receives a bronze pin. The largest fish in each category each year receives a “gold” pin and plaque. There is also a Youth and Adult “Angler of the Year” award given to the person who has taken the greatest variety of “pinfish” during the year. Fish must meet minimum weight requirements listed below, and must be weighed on any scale certified by the Massachusetts Division of Standards or a town official. Please check our website for a list of weigh stations and/or to download an affidavit. This information is also available at DFW offices.

MASSACHUSETTS FRESHWATER SPORTFISHING RECORDS

Species

Weight

Water

Year

American Shad

11 lbs. 4 ozs.

Connecticut River

1986

Broodstock Salmon

22 lbs. 15 ozs.

Lake Mattawa, Orange

1997

Brook Trout

10 lbs. 0 ozs.

Ashfield Lake, Ashfield

2008

Brown Trout

19 lbs. 10 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

1966

Bullhead

6 lbs. 4 ozs.

Forest Lake, Methuen

2008

Carp

46 lbs. 5 ozs.

Quinsigamond Lake, Shrewsbury

2012

Chain Pickerel

9 lbs. 5 ozs.

Laurel Lake, Lee

1954

Channel Catfish

26 lbs. 8 ozs.

Ashfield Lake, Ashfield

1989

Crappie

4 lbs. 10 ozs.

Jake’s Pond, Plymouth

1980

Lake Trout

24 lbs. 0 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

2004

Landlocked Salmon

10 lbs. 2 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

1985

Largemouth Bass

15 lbs. 8 ozs.

Sampson Pond, Carver

1975

Northern Pike

35 lbs. 0 ozs.

Quacumquasit Pond, Brookfield

1988

Rainbow Trout

13 lbs. 13 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

1999

Smallmouth Bass

8 lbs. 2 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

1991

Sunfish

2 lbs. 1 ozs.

South Athol Pond, Athol

1982

Tiger Muskellunge

27 lbs. 0 ozs.

Lake Pontoosuc, Pittsfield

2001

Tiger Trout

9 lbs. 7 ozs.

Peter’s Pond, Sandwich

2004

Walleye

11 lbs. 0 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

1973

White Catfish

9 lbs. 3 ozs.

Baddacook Pond, Groton

1987

White Perch

3 lbs. 5 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

1994

Yellow Perch

2 lbs. 12 ozs.

South Watuppa Pond, Fall River

1979

Current Minimum Weights

Species

Adult

Youth

Broodstock Salmon

10 lbs. 0 ozs.

5 lbs. 0 ozs.

Brook Trout

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

1 lb. 0 ozs.

Brown Trout

4 lbs. 0 ozs.

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

Bullhead

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

1 lb. 0 ozs.

Carp

15 lbs. 0 ozs.

10 lbs. 0 ozs.

Chain Pickerel

4 lbs. 8 ozs.

3 lbs. 0 ozs.

Channel Catfish

6 lbs. 0 ozs.

5 lbs. 0 ozs.

Crappie

1 lb. 8 ozs.

1 lb. 0 ozs.

Lake Trout

7 lbs. 0 ozs.

5 lbs. 0 ozs.

Landlocked Salmon1

4 lbs. 0 ozs.

3 lbs. 0 ozs.

Largemouth Bass

7 lbs. 0 ozs.

4 lbs. 0 ozs.

Northern Pike

15 lbs. 0 ozs.

10 lbs. 0 ozs.

Rainbow Trout

3 lbs. 0 ozs.

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

Shad

5 lbs. 0 ozs.

3 lbs. 0 ozs.

Smallmouth Bass

4 lbs. 8 ozs.

3 lbs. 0 ozs.

Sunfish2

0 lbs. 12 ozs.

0 lbs. 8 ozs.

Tiger Muskie

10 lbs. 0 ozs.

7 lbs. 0 ozs.

Tiger Trout

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

1 lb. 0 ozs.

Walleye

4 lbs. 0 ozs.

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

White Catfish

4 lbs. 0 ozs.

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

White Perch

1 lb. 8 ozs.

1 lb. 0 ozs.

Yellow Perch

1 lb. 8 ozs.

1 lb. 0 ozs.

  1. Landlocked Salmon are recognized only from Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs.
  2. Sunfish category includes Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds, Redbreast Sunfish, Green, and Rock Bass.

2013 Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program Youth Gold Pin Winners

Species

Weight

Water

Name

Broodstock Salmon

13 lbs. 12 ozs.

Little Pond, Plymouth

West Amoling, Manomet

Brook Trout

2 lbs. 5 ozs.

Peters Pond, Sandwich

Ryan Aittaniemi, West Barnstable

Brook Trout

2 lbs. 5 ozs.

Sheep Pond, Brewster

Tyler Brundage, West Yarmouth

Brook Trout

2 lbs. 5 ozs.

Asnacomet Pond, Hubbardston

John Hannam, Rutland

Brown Trout

3 lbs. 12 ozs.

Mattawa Lake, Orange

Kyler Ittner, Wilbraham

Bullhead

6 lbs. 1 oz.

Cheshire Reservoir, Cheshire

Nathan Luczynski, Cheshire

Carp

23 lbs. 2 ozs.

Woods Pond, Lee

Tauri Adamczyk, Taunton

Chain Pickerel

6 lbs. 1 oz.

Herring Pond, Eastham

Richie Emerson, Orleans

Channel Catfish

9 lbs. 4 ozs.

Connecticut River, Chicopee

Alan Best, III, Chicopee

Crappie

2 lbs. 11 ozs.

Singletary Lake, Millbury

Michael Janowicz, Sterling

Lake Trout

13 lbs. 6 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Tyler Martin, Monson

Landlocked Salmon

4 lbs. 11 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

John Hannam, Rutland

Largemouth Bass

7 lbs. 8 ozs.

Paradise Pond, Princeton

Jonathan Clark, Hubbardston

Northern Pike

21 lbs. 4 ozs.

Buel Lake, Monterey

Hunter Kempf, Sullivan, NH

Rainbow Trout

4 lbs. 0 oz.

Long Pond, Plymouth

Timothy Nagle, Plymouth

Shad

4 lbs. 15 ozs.

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Andrew Rogalski, Bondsville

Smallmouth Bass

5 lbs. 2 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Jadrien Berthiaume, Ware

Sunfish

1 lb. 2 ozs.

Snake Pond, Sandwich

Jake Souza, Berkley

Sunfish

1 lb. 2 ozs.

Jenkins Pond, Falmouth

Aidan Webb, East Falmouth

Tiger Muskie

No entry submitted

No entry submitted

No entry submitted

Tiger Trout

3 lbs. 3 ozs.

Asnacomet Pond, Hubbardston

John Hannam, Rutland

Walleye

7 lbs. 7 ozs.

Connecticut River, Montague

Trevor Lapinski, Montague

White Catfish

4 lbs. 0 oz.

Jenkins Pond, Falmouth

Aidan Webb, East Falmouth

White Perch

2 lbs. 13 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston

Rylie Jimenez, Auburn

Yellow Perch

1 lb. 10 ozs.

Parker Pond, Barnstable

Charles Anderson, Middleboro

Yellow Perch

1 lb. 10 ozs.

Connecticut River, Easthampton

Ayva Crosby, Easthampton

Yellow Perch

1 lb. 10 ozs.

Naukeag Lakes, Ashburnham

Hunter Ratelle, Chicopee

2013 Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program Adult Gold Pin Winners

Species

Weight

Water

Name

Broodstock Salmon

10 lbs. 6 ozs.

Cliff Pond, Brewster

Jake Howarth, Brewster

Brook Trout

3 lbs. 7 ozs.

Peters Pond, Sandwich

Wilton Gray, III, Lakeville

Brown Trout

11 lbs. 4 ozs.

Onota Lake, Pittsfield

Richard Garharrt, Berlin, NY

Bullhead

2 lbs. 8 ozs.

Furnace Pond, Pembroke

Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke

Carp

40 lbs. 2 ozs.

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Shane Emerson, Greenfield

Chain Pickerel

6 lbs. 7 ozs.

Wequaquet Lake, Barnstable

Jeff Capute, Centerville

Channel Catfish

13 lbs. 9 ozs.

Connecticut River, Springfield

Nicholas Eastman, Springfield

Crappie

3 lbs. 1 oz.

Singletary Lake, Millbury

Brain Cofske, Oxford

Lake Trout

17 lbs. 9 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Jason Grigas, Ware

Landlocked Salmon

6 lbs. 5 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

John MacGeachey, Rutland

Largemouth Bass

9 lbs. 8 ozs.

Little Long Pond, Plymouth

Philip Strassel, Plymouth

Northern Pike

24 lbs. 5 ozs.

Wequaquet Lake, Barnstable

Jeff Capute, Centerville

Rainbow Trout

6 lbs. 11 ozs.

Stillwater River, West Boylston

Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke

Shad

5 lbs. 5 ozs.

Connecticut River, Holyoke

Philip Lees, Westfield

Smallmouth Bass

6 lbs. 1 oz.

Mystic Lake, Barnstable

Jeff Capute, Centerville

Sunfish

1 lb. 8 ozs.

Ashumet Pond, Falmouth

Todd Matera, Palmer

Tiger Muskie

No entry submitted

No entry submitted

No entry submitted

Tiger Trout

3 lbs. 12 ozs.

Upper Lagoon Pond, Oak Bluffs

Rich Roy, Vineyard Haven

Walleye

7 lbs. 14 ozs.

Connecticut River, Montague

Edward Brozo, Bernardston

White Catfish

7 lbs. 14 ozs.

Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee

Eddie Lemieux, Acushnet

White Perch

3 lbs. 0 oz.

Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston

John Keating, Carlisle

Yellow Perch

2 lbs. 4 ozs.

Glen Echo Lake, Charlton

Wayne Andrews, Holden

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