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Freshwater SPORTFISHING AWARDS Program and State Records

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.

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

MASSACHUSETTS FRESHWATER SPORTFISHING STATE 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

25 lbs. 7 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

2016

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. 8 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir

2016

Yellow Perch

2 lbs. 12 ozs.

South Watuppa Pond, Fall River

1979

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