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For over 50 years MassWildlife has sponsored the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program, which recognizes anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish from waterbodies of the Commonwealth that are open to the public. Over the years, the program has evolved to not only promote fishing, but to reflect the changing interests of anglers.

Bowfin added to Sportfishing Awards Program. (The Bowfin pin replaces the Broodstock Salmon pin.) Catch and Release component added to the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.

How the Program Works:

Catch & Keep Sportfishing Pin Awards:

Catch & Release Sportfishing Pin Awards:

Angler of the Year Categories:

  • Adult Catch & Keep Angler of the Year
  • Youth Catch & Keep Angler of the Year
  • Catch & Release Angler of the Year (adult or youth)

See a list of Angler of the Year recipients.

View the 2015 Gold Pin Winners pdf format of 2015 Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program Gold Pin Win


How to Submit Your Pin Fish Catch

Record Breaking Catch?

Anglers who believe they have broken a state record must present their fish in its entirety (whole) to a fisheries biologist at MassWildlife Field Headquarters  in Westborough or at any of the five MassWildlife District offices . In keeping with MassWildlife regulations prohibiting the transportation of live fish without a permit, any fish submitted for weighing must be dead.