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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 2021 gold pin winners.

2021 Angler of the Year award winners

Adult Catch & Keep Youth Catch & Keep Catch & Release Angler
Joshua Christman, Pittsfield Philip Prieur, South Hamilton David DeSimone, Amherst

2021 Adult catch & keep gold pin winners

Species Lbs. Oz. Water Angler
Brook Trout 4 2 Forest Lake, Palmer Emily LaRouche, Agawam
Brown Trout 15 13 Stockbridge Bowl, Stockbridge James Pollard, Hinsdale
Bullhead 4 11 Forest Lake, Methuen Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Carp 29 13 Laurel Lake, Lee Joshua Christman, Pittsfield
Chain Pickerel 5 12 Glen Charlie Pond, Wareham Todd Matera, Palmer
Channel Catfish 12 6 Connecticut River, Northfield Cameron Tucker, Gill
Crappie 2 13 Quabbin Reservoir Dennis Rochon, South Hadley
Lake Trout 19 9 Quabbin Reservoir Robert Mikolajczyk, Granby
Landlocked Salmon 6 6 Quabbin Reservoir Kelly Kemp, Hardwick
Largemouth Bass 7 8 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Joshua Christman, Pittsfield
Northern Pike 23 8 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Jeffrey Klammer, Adams
Rainbow Trout 4 2 Quabbin Reservoir Andrew Langley, Peabody
Smallmouth Bass 5 7 Sudbury Reservoir, Southboro Gedalia Blank, Brighton
Sunfish 1 5 Coonamessett Pond, Falmouth Todd Matera, Palmer
Tiger Trout 3 3 Asnacomet (Comet) Pond, Hubbardston Clarence Andersen, West Boylston
Walleye 7 8 Connecticut River, Montague Edward Brozo, Bernardston
White Catfish 5 13 Mashpee-Wakeby Lake, Mashpee Todd Matera, Palmer
White Perch 2 8 Wachusett Reservoir Vinny Percuoco, Leominster
Yellow Perch 2 4 Oldham Pond, Pembroke Peter Krzyzewski, Kingston

Bold = new state record

2021 Youth catch & keep gold pin winners

Species Lbs. Oz. Water Angler
Bowfin 6 6 Taunton River, Taunton Philip Prieur, South Hamilton
Brook Trout 3 0 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Gabriel Christman, Pittsfield
Brown Trout 10 0 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Gabriel Christman, Pittsfield
Bullhead 2 0 Otis Reservoir, Otis Colten Andras, Westfield
Carp 20 10 Connecticut River, Montague Carter Flagg, Gill
Chain Pickerel 5 10 Stockbridge Bowl, Stockbridge Cooper Shepardson, Lenoxdale
Channel Catfish 6 12 Westfield River, Agawam Philip Prieur, South Hamilton
Channel Catfish 6 12 Connecticut River, Gill Carter Flagg, Gill
Crappie 2 0 Merrimack River, Lawrence Philip Prieur, South Hamilton
Lake Trout 5 0 Quabbin Reservoir Matthew Telega, Turners Falls
Landlocked Salmon 4 13 Quabbin Reservoir Chase Talbot, Hardwick
Largemouth Bass 7 13 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Gabriel Christman, Pittsfield
Northern Pike 16 5 Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield Caesen Kendall, Pittsfield
Rainbow Trout 3 8 Walden Pond, Concord James Bowe, Concord
Shad 3 10 Merrimack River, Andover Philip Prieur, South Hamilton
Smallmouth Bass 4 6 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Gabriel Christman, Pittsfield
Sunfish 0 14 Richmond Pond, Pittsfield Gabriel Christman, Pittsfield
Tiger Trout 1 8 Westfield River, Russell Colten Andras, Westfield
White Catfish 6 4 Charles River, Cambridge Philip Prieur, South Hamilton
White Perch 1 11 Wachusett Reservoir Nathan Bessette, Whitinsville
White Perch 1 11 Pontoosuc Lake, Lanesborough Gabriel Christman, Pittsfield
Yellow Perch 1 12 Deep Pond, Falmouth Liam Webb, East Falmouth

2021 Catch & release gold pin winners

Species Inches Water Angler 
Bowfin 32.00 Oxbow Pond, Easthampton David DeSimone, Amherst
Brook Trout 20.75 Swift River, Belchertown David DeSimone, Amherst
Brown Trout 28.00 Deerfield River, Charlemont David Desimone, Amherst
Bullhead 21.50 Stiles Pond, Boxford Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Carp 44.00 Connecticut River, South Hadley Kenneth Langdon, South Deerfield
Chain Pickerel 28.25 Little Herring Pond, Plymouth James Leary, Haverhill
Channel Catfish 33.50 Connecticut River, Sunderland Kenneth Langdon, South Deerfield
Crappie 17.00 Webster Lake, Webster Donald Schofield, Dudley
Lake Trout 33.00 Wachusett Reservoir Marc Aijala, Berlin
Landlocked Salmon 26.50 Quabbin Reservoir Mark LaFlamme, Granby
Largemouth Bass 24.75 Chicopee River, Springfield Joshua Scaife, Indian Orchard
Northern Pike 45.50 Onota Lake, Pittsifeld Craig Strong, Springfield
Rainbow Trout 27.25 Swift River, Belchertown David DeSimone, Amherst
Shad 23.75 Chicopee River, Chicopee Michael Taylor, South Hadley
Smallmouth Bass 22.50 Wachusett Reservoir Marc Mahoney, Shrewsbury
Smallmouth Bass 22.50 Quabbin Reservoir George Dias, Leominster
Smallmouth Bass 22.50 Quabbin Reservoir Matthew Menard, Brookfield
Sunfish 13.00 Wrights Reservoir, Westminster Griffin Sabolevski, Winchendon
Tiger Muskellunge 34.00 Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield David DeSimone, Amherst
Tiger Trout 25.50 Ashfield Pond, Ashfield David DeSimone, Amherst
Walleye 27.00 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Dustin Patrick, East Providence
White Catfish 24.00 Charles River, Cambridge David DeSimone, Amherst
White Perch 16.50 Wachusett Reservoir Paul McNealy, Whitinsville
White Perch 16.50 Quabbin Reservoir Dawn Metcalf, Warren
Yellow Perch 15.75 Quabbin Reservoir Clayton Sydla, Ware
Yellow Perch 15.75 Greenland Pond, Brewster Thomas Yarra, Easthampton
Yellow Perch 15.75 Populatic Pond, Norfolk Stephen McPherson, Franklin

Bold = new state record or tie