The use of any lead fishing sinkers and lead jigs weighing less than 1 ounce is now prohibited in all inland waters (fresh water) of the Commonwealth.

A number of anglers have inquired about the availability of lead-free alternatives. MassWildlife staff called many retail stores in the state and conducted a search on the Internet and has invited businesses with lead free tackle to be added to the list below. Anglers and retailers may find the following information useful.

Lead-Free Tackle at Stores

Many stores in Massachusetts stock lead-free sinkers, weights, and split shot. Lead-free jigs and shad darts are also available. The national chain stores (Wal-Mart, Dicks Sporting Goods, BassPro, etc.) know about the new regulation and have non-lead tackle in stock or on order. The smaller independent stores are also aware of the ban. Some of these stores carry lead-free jigs, most others have them on order. Alternative materials include, but are not limited to glass, ceramic, and tungsten.

Internet Sources of Lead-Free Jigs & Shad Darts

Lead-free jigs and shad darts are also available from the Internet. MassWildlife staff found sites selling lead-free jigs and several sites selling lead-free shad darts.

Do You Carry Lead-Free Tackle? Local tackle stores and business carrying lead-free jigs, sinkers, or shad darts can be added to the list below by emailing MassWildlife with the relevant information.

Businesses Providing Lead-Free Fishing Gear
CompanyContact InfoJigsSinkersShady Darts
Arlington Bait & Tackle
84 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington MA
Ph: (781) 646-5598
 
Y
Y
 
River Street Bait & Tackle
219 River St.
Haverhill, MA 01832
Ph: (978) 374-8159
Lead-free willow leafs for shad.
 
Y
 
Granby Wholesale Bait
178 South St
Granby, MA 01033
Ph: (413) 467-7322
 
Y
 
Grizz Baits
168 Moulton Hill Road
Monson, MA 01057
Email: rich.grizzbaits@yahoo.com
 
Y
 
 
Tom's Bait and Tackle
352 West Grove St
Middleboro, MA
Ph: (508) 947-8220
WHOLESALE & RETAIL
 
Y
 
The Lunkah Huntah Tackle Co.
PO Box 801
Natick, MA 01760
Email: lunkahhuntah@aol.com
Ph: (508) 654-2884
Y
Y
Y
Boag Hog Baits
8 King Rd
North Brookfield MA 01535
Email: boaghogbaits@gmail.com
Ph: (508) 736-0783
Y
Y
Y
Woo's Lures
PO Box 456
South Orleans MA 02662
Email: woofish@yahoo.com
Ph: (508) 240-1014
Y
 
Y
Fleck Lures
283 Lincoln St
Marlborough, MA 01752
Email: fleck@flecklures.com
 
Y
Y
 
Grand-Dads Jigs
2 Gargon Terr.
Southwick, MA 01077
Email:grandadsjigs@gmail.com
 
Y
Y
Y
Leadfreebassjigs.com
 
Email:
 
 
 

 
Out Of State Sources
of Lead-Free Tackle
 
 
 
Suckerpunchbaits.com
Salem, NH
Email: info@suckerpunchbaits.com
Ph: (603) 320-3735
Y
Y
Y
Mor-Betta Jigs
 
Email: morbettajigs@yahoo.com
Ph: (603) 770-4261
Y
 
 
Sourdough Bay Fishing Supplies
25 Collins Crescent SE, Medicine Hat
Alberta, Canada, T1B 1T7
Email: fishing@memlane.com
Ph: (403)528-4801 or (587)332-0356
Y
Y
Y
Tinmanlures
ebay store
 
 
Y
 
Y
Lead Free Jigs
PO Box 1625
Keaau HI, 96749
Email: hawnjigs@yahoo.com
 
Y
Y
 
Timmy Tom's Jig Co.
401 E Forest Street
Huntington, AR 72940
Email: timmytoms@yahoo.com
 
Y
 
Y
GREEN TACKLE
1768 N Ainsworth St
Portland, OR, 97217
Email: customerservice@greentackle.com
Ph: (508)240-1014
Y
Y
 
Boss Tin
 
Email: john@bosstin.com
WHOLESALE ONLY
Y
Y
 
Enviro-Weights
RGM Outdoors,
PO Box 8852
St Joseph, MO 64508
Email: fish062808@live.com
WHOLESALE ONLY
Y
Y
Y
First Mate Lures
PO Box 46077
2339 Ogilvie Rd
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1J 9M7
Email: sales@firstmatelures.com
Ph: (613) 266-0754
Y
Y
 
Your Bobbers Down
9316 Mockingbird Ln.
Saline, MI 48176
Ph: (866) 485-7157
Y
 
 
Jobber Lures
PO Box 5618
Sevierville, TN, 37864
Email: jobber@jobberlures.com
Ph: (865) 429-4555
Y
Y
 
Northland Fishing Tackle
1001 Naylor Dr SE
Bemidji, MN
Email: sales@northlandtackle.com
Ph: (800) 786-3474
Y
 
 
Tacklesmith
PO Box 166
Fall Creek, WI 54742
Email: contact@tacklesmith.com
Ph: (715) 877-3800
Y
Y
 
Rocky Ledge Bass Tackle
1025 Catamount Rd
Pittsfield, NH, 03263
Email: customerservice@greentackle.com
Ph: (603) 783-1106
Y
 
 
North Fork Fishing Outfitters
Bellingham, WA
Email: orders@northforkoutfitters.com
 
Y
Y
 
Fish-N-Supply
Bedford, IN 47421
Email: info@fish-n-spin.com
 
Y
 
 
Barlow's Tackle
451 N Central Expressway,
Richardson, TX 75080
Email: goodfishing@barlowstackle.com
Ph: (800) 707-0208
Y
 
 
Larry's Lures
413 Cabot Court
Thunder Bay,
Ontario, Canada, P7E 6A8
Email: lburns@luresandjigs.com
Ph: (807) 627-4285
Y
 
 
SpinnerBaker Fishing Lures
Crowley, TX
Email: budbaker@spinnerbaker.com
 
Y
Y
 
Red Rock Wilderness Store
2267 Fernberg Rd, PO Box 690
Ely, MN 55731
Email: redrock@redrockstore.com
Ph: (218) 365-4512
Y
Y
 
Big Ten Tackle
412 Thompson Street
Latrobe, PA, 15650-1551
Email: BWAB23@msn.com
Ph: (724) 537-1551
 
Y
 
Bullet Weights, Inc.
182 S. Apollo Drive
Alda, NE 68810
Email: info@bulletweights.com
Ph: (800) 872-0131
 
Y
 
Conquistador Tackle
4987 N. Ramrod Rd
Prescott Valley, AZ, 86314
Email: ctinfo@conquistadortackle.com
Ph: (602) 799-8916
 
Y
 
Clearly Outdoors
1307 Highland Ave
Eau Claire, WI, 54701
Email: info@clearlyoutdoors.com
Ph: (715) 514-1660
 
Y
 
Tackle Warehouse
181 Suburban Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Email: info@tacklewarehouse.com
Ph: (800) 300-4916
 
Y
 
Water Gremlin
NE Wholesale
Suggs-Nicholas-Shea Co., Inc.
659 Swedewsford Rd
Frazier, PA 19355

Ph: (610) 296-9036
WHOLESALE & RETAIL
 
Y
 
NOTE: The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife) is providing the above information as a public service. The Division does not exercise control over the content of any listed websites. Business listings should not be construed as an endorsement by MassWildlife.