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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 a 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 salmon 1

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

44 lbs. 2 ozs.

Connecticut River

1993

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.

South 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

1975

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

2011 Freshwater Sportfishing Award winners

(2012 data not complete at press time)

Adult Gold Pin Winners

Youth Gold Pin Winners

Species

Weight

Water

Winner

Weight

Water

Winner

Broodstock Salmon

18 lbs. 6 ozs.

Comet Pond, Hubbardston

Dave Ago, Worcester

16 lbs. 8 ozs.

Comet Pond, Hubbardston

Benjamin Benoit, Templeton

Brook trout

3 lbs. 6 ozs.

Walden Pond, Concord

Brian Marchand, Tyngsboro

2 lbs. 2 ozs.

Nine Mile Pond, Wilbraham

Jack Calcidise, East Longmeadow

Brown trout

13 lbs. 1 oz.

Walden Pond, Concord

Chastity Puchtler, Waltham

4 lbs. 6 ozs.

Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee

Shawn Deane, Forestdale

Bullhead

3 lbs. 14 ozs.

Round Pond, Haverhill

Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen

4 lbs. 10 ozs.

Sawdy Pond, Westport

Brandon Costa,
Fall River

Carp

31 lbs. 3 ozs.

Connecticut River, Hatfield

Richard Banasieski, Hatfield

23 lbs. 8 ozs.

Connecticut River, Montague

Logan Emerson, Greenfield

Chain pickerel

6 lbs. 14 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston

Kimberly Beauchesne, Spencer

6 lbs. 6 ozs.

Laurel Lake, Lee

Michael Wheaton, Jr., Pittsfield

Channel catfish

18 lbs. 3 ozs.

Connecticut River, Hadley

Kerry Fisher, Jr., Chicopee

14 lbs. 10 ozs.

Connecticut River, Hatfield

Douglas Enko, Haydenville

Crappie

3 lbs. 5 ozs.

Indian Hill Reservoir, West Newbury

Bret Twombly, Rowley

3 lbs. 5 ozs.

Connecticut River, Hatfield

Matt Ziomek, Amherst

Lake trout

17 lbs. 5 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston

Samuel Lent, Millbury

12 lbs. 0 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Joe Roman, Holland

Landlocked salmon

8 lbs. 4 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Thomas Watson, Chicopee

7 lbs. 3 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Chloe Wright, Athol

Largemouth bass

8 lbs. 10 ozs.

John’s Pond, Mashpee

Matthew LeBlanc, Rockland

6 lbs. 4 ozs.

Pratt Pond, Upton

Mason Consigli, Upton

Northern pike

29 lbs. 8 ozs.

Onota Lake, Pittsfield

Jason Sniezek

15 lbs. 14 ozs.

Onota Lake, Pittsfield

Austin Cancilla, Pittsfield

Rainbow trout

4 lbs. 12 ozs.

Comet Pond, Hubbardston

Andy Femino, Barre

3 lbs. 8 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Haley Jean, New Salem

Shad

5 lbs. 3 ozs.

Indian Head River, Pembroke

Allan Scally, Plymouth

4 lbs. 8 ozs.

Connecticut River, Springfield

Eliot Madison,
West Springfield

Smallmouth bass

6 lbs. 11 ozs.

Quabbin Reservoir

Evan Brown, Ware

5 lbs. 8 ozs.

Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston

Brenden Fuller, Millbury

Sunfish

1 lb. 7 ozs.

Mattawa Lake, Orange

Adelino Goncalves, Chicopee

1 lb. 5 ozs.

Long Pond, Lakeville

Zachary Lemieux, Acushnet

Tiger muskie

16 lbs. 5 ozs.

Spy Pond, Arlington

John Wallace, Arlington

no youth entries

Tiger trout

3 lbs. 12 ozs.

Sheep Pond, Brewster

Philip Henderson, North Attleboro

3 lbs. 4 ozs.

Peter’s Pond, Sandwich

Matthew Crowther, Somerville

Walleye

7 lbs. 7 ozs.

Connecticut River, Montague

Kenneth Welch, Chicopee

6 lbs. 10 ozs.

Connecticut River, Montague

Trevor Lapinski, Montague

White catfish

6 lbs. 11 ozs.

Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee

Eddie Lemieux, Acushnet

3 lbs. 13 ozs.

Charles River, Boston

Danny Grafton, Jr., Weymouth

White perch

3 lbs. 0 ozs.

Middle Pond, Marston’s Mills

Jeff Capute, Centerville

3 lbs. 1 oz.

Santuit Pond, Mashpee

Alex Avila, Sandwich

Yellow perch

2 lbs. 8 ozs.

Shubael Pond, Marston’s Mills

Jeff Capute, Centerville

1 lb. 12 ozs.

Wequaquet Lake, Barnstable

Thaddeus O’Dell, Barre

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