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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Freshwater Sportfishing Awards

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Awards for freshwater fish are offered in 22 categories. Each qualified entry receives a bronze pin. Largest fish in each category each year receives a “gold” pin and plaque. There is also an annual “Angler of the Year” award for 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.

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.

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

2012 Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program Youth Gold Pin Winners

Species

Weight

Water

Name

Broodstock salmon

NA

NA

NA

Brook trout

2 lbs. 12 ozs.

Sheep Pond, Brewster

Chad Avery, Brewster

Brown trout

8 lbs. 8 ozs.

Peters Pond, Sandwich

Jake Souza, Berkley

Bullhead

2 lbs. 12 ozs.

Crystal Lake, Orleans

Colin Wright, Shrewsbury

Carp

26 lbs. 7 ozs.

Merrimack River, Haverhill

Chase Anestis, Boxborough

Chain pickerel

5 lbs. 0 ozs.

Herring Pond, Eastham

Ernie Largey, Eastham

Channel catfish

10 lbs. 12 ozs.

Connecticut River, Northampton

Matthew Nowak, Southampton

Crappie

2 lbs. 0 ozs.

Webster Lake, Webster

Tony Yeulenski, Webster

Lake trout

5 lbs. 10 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Hunter Karas, Honolulu, HI

Landlocked salmon

4 lbs. 8 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

John Hannam, Rutland

Largemouth bass

9 lbs. 7 ozs.

Big Sandy Pond, Plymouth

Jake Souza, Berkley

Northern pike

18 lbs. 5 ozs.

Quaboag Pond, Brookfield

Brandon Mason, Spencer

Rainbow trout

5 lbs. 12 ozs.

Great South Pond, Plymouth

Morgan Harvey, Plymouth

Shad

3 lbs. 15 ozs.

Connecticut River, Hadley

Andrew Rogalski, Bondsville

Smallmouth bass

5 lbs. 0 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Alexis Danault, Ware

Sunfish

1 lbs. 3 ozs.

Coonamessett Pond, Falmouth

Thomas McAuley, East Falmouth

Sunfish

1 lbs. 3 ozs.

Mill Pond, Falmouth

Aidan Webb, East Falmouth

Sunfish

1 lbs. 3 ozs.

Jenkins Pond, Falmouth

Dylan Ruzzo, East Falmouth

Tiger muskie

NA

NA

NA

Tiger trout

2 lbs. 3 ozs.

Quacumquasit Pond, Brookfield

Matthew Menard, Brookfield

Walleye

2 lbs. 6 ozs.

Connecticut River, Montague

Trevor Lapinski, Montague

White catfish

3 lbs. 7 ozs.

Concord River, Concord

Chase Anestis, Boxborough

White perch

2 lbs. 8 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Sophie Putnam, Athol

Yellow perch

1 lbs. 8 ozs.

Lower Naukeag Lake, Ashburnham

Jac Carrigan, Ashburnham

2012 Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program Adult Gold Pin Winners

Species

Weight

Water

Name

Broodstock salmon

15 lbs. 4 ozs.

Comet Pond, Hubbardston

Juan Cornejo, Boylston

Brook trout

3 lbs. 11 ozs.

Cliff Pond, Brewster

James Tremper, North Eastham

Brown trout

11 lbs. 11 ozs.

White Pond, Concord

Kenneth Brown, North Billerica

Bullhead

2 lbs. 5 ozs.

Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee

Eddie Lemieux, Acushnet

Carp*

46 lbs. 5 ozs.

Quinsigamond Lake, Shrewsbury

Shane Felch, Shrewsbury

Chain pickerel

6 lbs. 2 ozs.

Charles River, Waltham

Raymond Scichilone, III, Newton

Channel catfish

24 lbs. 10 ozs.

Nine Mile Pond, Wilbraham

Mark Bailey, Wilbraham

Crappie

2 lbs. 12 ozs.

Webster Lake, Webster

Jason VanHillo, Winchendon

Lake trout

17 lbs. 11 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir, W. Boylston

Paul Piergallini, West Boylston

Landlocked salmon

5 lbs. 12 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Carl Hewitt, Sterling

Largemouth bass

10 lbs. 5 ozs.

Marys Pond, Rochester

William Souza, Somerset

Northern pike

25 lbs. 12 ozs.

Quaboag Pond, Brookfield

Kevin DeSanto, Holland

Rainbow trout

5 lbs. 4 ozs.

Carbuncle Pond, Oxford

Philip LeBlanc, N. Grosvenordale, CT

Shad

6 lbs. 0 ozs.

Merrimack River, Lawrence

Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen

Smallmouth bass

6 lbs. 6 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Todd Matera, Palmer

Sunfish

1 lbs. 2 ozs.

Hinkleys Pond, Harwich

David Terrill, Dennisport

Tiger muskie

18 lbs. 3 ozs.

Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield

Lou Baker, Lanesborough

Tiger trout

2 lbs. 15 ozs.

Cochituate Lake, Framingham

Stephan Potter, Framingham

Walleye

10 lbs. 0 ozs.

Connecticut River, Northampton

Francis Koske, Holyoke

White catfish

7 lbs. 10 ozs.

Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee

Eddie Lemieux, Acushnet

White perch

2 lbs. 9 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir, W. Boylston

Howie Turcotte, North Oxford

Yellow perch

1 lbs. 15 ozs.

Demond Pond, Rutland

Matthew Power, Rutland

* New state record

Natural Shorelines are Good for Fishing

By keeping shorelines natural, you can help protect water quality and improve fish habitat. A shoreline without trees and shrubs can get washed away, making the water muddy and unsuitable for fish. If you live near a lake or a river, plant a buffer strip along the water’s edge using trees, shrubs, wildflowers or other native plants. Trees and other vegetation filter pollution and provide shade, shelter, habitat, and food critical for bass, trout, and other fish to thrive and reproduce. Keep your favorite fishing spots well vegetated! For more tips and information, visit: http://water.epa.gov/type/lakes/index.cfm

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