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Gold pin winners

Each year, MassWildlife recognizes anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish in waters open to the public. This page lists the 2018 gold pin winners.

2018 Angler of the Year award winners

Adult Catch & Keep Youth Catch & Keep Catch & Release Angler
Todd Matera, Palmer Jason Bunar, Kingston Michael Nee, Framingham
  Andrew Langley, Peabody  

2018 Adult catch & keep gold pin winners

Species Lbs. Oz. Water Angler
Bowfin 8 8 Mill River, Taunton  Mark Somma, Taunton
Brook Trout 4 8 Little Pond, Plymouth Guy Fisher, Brockton
Brook Trout 4 8 Quacumquasit Pond, Brookfield Randy Lusignan, Spencer
Brown Trout 9 10 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Kevin Janis, Pittsfield
Bullhead 4 12 Stiles Pond, Boxford Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Carp 30 1 Housatonic River, Lenox Josh Christman, Pittsfield
Chain Pickerel 5 13 Demond Pond, Rutland Matthew Power, Holden
Channel Catfish 18 5 Connecticut River Stu Russell, Hadley
Crappie 2 12 Webster Lake, Webster Keith Hevey, Chicopee
Lake Trout 14 0 Quabbin Reservoir James Sypniak, Holyoke
Landlocked Salmon 7 2 Quabbin Reservoir Don Stolgitis, West Brookfield
Largemouth Bass 9 2 Agawam River, Wareham Dylan Towne, Wareham
Northern Pike 19 6 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Bryan Kopala, Windsor
Rainbow Trout 6 5 Laurel Lake, Erving Frank Adams, Belchertown
Shad 5 5 Merrimack River, Lawrence Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Smallmouth Bass 6 2 Quabbin Reservoir George Dias, Leominster
Sunfish 1 10 Long Pond, Yarmouth Jonathan Beauchesne, North Grafton
Tiger Trout 2 14 Chapin Pond, Ludlow Dan Anderson, Hampden
Walleye 7 12 Connecticut River, Sunderland Mark Chapdelaine, Montague
White Catfish 7 8 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee Todd Matera, Palmer
White Perch 2 2 Quabbin Reservoir Bruce Caron, Gardner
Yellow Perch 2 4 Congamond Lakes, Southwick Heather McIlroy, Dedham

Bold = new state record

2018 Youth catch & keep gold pin winners

Species Lbs. Oz. Water Angler
Bowfin 7 0 Taunton River, Taunton Tauri Adamczyk, Taunton
Brook Trout 3 7 Little Pond, Plymouth Jason Bunar, Kingston
Brown Trout 5 4 Cliff Pond, Brewster Isabella Clark, Yarmouth
Bullhead 2 12 Merrimack  River, Methuen Hunter Joslin, Methuen
Carp 19 6 Mill Pond, Danvers Andrew Langley, Peabody
Chain Pickerel 6 4 Pleasant Pond, Wenham Andrew Langley, Peabody
Channel Catfish 8 9 Connecticut River, Agawam Jason Bunar, Kingston
Crappie 1 12 Merrimack River, Methuen Andrew Langley, Peabody
Lake Trout 6 1 Wachusett Reservoir Andrew Langley, Peabody
Landlocked Salmon 5 15 Quabbin Reservoir Gavin Rohan, Ware
Largemouth Bass 7 8 Agawam  River, Wareham Scott Towne, West Wareham
Northern Pike 12 5 Connecticut River, Chicopee Chase Fournier, Chicopee
Rainbow Trout 12 3 Jamaica Pond, Boston Zachary Kidd, Hyde Park
Shad 4 9 Merrimack River, Methuen Jason Bunar, Kingston
Smallmouth Bass 4 10 Quabbin Reservoir Jadrien Berthiaume, Ware
Sunfish 1 4 Fawn Pond, Plymouth Jason Bunar, Kingston
Tiger Trout 1 9 Higgins Pond, Brewster Rory Young, Brewster
Walleye 4 15 Connecticut River, Holyoke Darren Chraplak, West Springfield
White Catfish 6 15 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee Jason Bunar, Kingston
White Perch 2 9 Spring Pond, Peabody Andrew Langley, Peabody
Yellow Perch 1 14 South End Pond, Millis Jason Bunar, Kingston

2018 Catch & release gold pin winners

Species Inches Water Angler 
Bowfin 30.00 Connecticut River, Springfield Kevin Lavimodiere, North Attleboro
Brook Trout 20.00 Jamaica Pond, Boston Mitchell Quatrale, Boston
Brown Trout 26.50 Peters Pond, Sandwich William Kelly, Marstons Mills
Bullhead 20.75 Baldpate Pond, Boxford Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Carp 38.50 Connecticut River, Chicopee Michael Taylor, South Hadley
Chain Pickerel 27.25 Webster Lake, Webster Nicholas Duggan, Weymouth
Channel Catfish 32.00 Connecticut River, Holyoke Michael Taylor, South Hadley
Crappie 16.25 Red Bridge Impoundment, Ludlow James Jianaces, Palmer
Crappie 16.25 Quaboag Pond, Brookfield Richard Lonczak, Chicopee
Lake Trout      
Landlocked Salmon 27.25 Quabbin Reservoir Gary Morin, Hardwick
Largemouth Bass 25.00 Great Herring Pond, Plymouth Dylan Towne, Wareham
Largemouth Bass 25.00 White Pond, Concord Tracy Como-Bowe, Concord
Northern Pike 42.00 East Brimfield Reservoir, Brimfield Daniel Southwick, Millville
Northern Pike 42.00 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Joshua Blood, Agawam
Rainbow Trout 23.00 Quabbin Reservoir Kyle Nevue, Ware
Shad 24.00 Merrimack River, Lawrence Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Smallmouth Bass 21.50 Quabbin Reservoir George Dias, Leominster
Smallmouth Bass 21.50 Quabbin Reservoir Logan MacPhail, Belchertown
Sunfish 11.50 Norwich Pond, Huntington Paul Dion, South Hadley
Tiger Trout 20.00 Sheep Pond, Brewster David Terrill, Dennisport
Walleye 29.50 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Jason Wingrove, Greenfield
Walleye 29.50 Connecticut River, Holyoke Michael Taylor, South Hadley
White Catfish 30.00 Connecticut River, Deerfield John Truitt, Athol
White Perch 18.00 Wachusett Reservoir Prince Dukuly, West Boylston
Yellow Perch 15.00 Russell Pond, Russell Matthew Austin, Southwick
Yellow Perch 15.00 Spot Pond, Stoneham Brian Hrono, Burlington
Yellow Perch 15.00 Wachusett Reservoir Marc Mahoney, Shrewsbury

Bold = new state record or tie