Gold pin winners

Each year, MassWildlife recognizes anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish in waters open to the public. This page lists the 2017 gold pin winners.

2017 Angler of the Year award winners

Adult Catch & Keep Youth Catch & Keep Catch & Release Angler
Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke Jason Bunar, Kingston Michael Nee, Northborough

2017 Adult catch & keep gold pin winners

Species Lbs. Oz. Water Angler
Bowfin 8 1 Taunton River, Taunton  Jake Souza, Berkley
Bowfin 8 1 Taunton River, Taunton David Souza, Berkley
Brook Trout 3 0 Laurel Lake, Lee Andrew Bostwick, North Adams
Brook Trout 3 0 Lorraine Lake, Springfield Peter Zawrotny, East Longmeadow
Brown Trout 10 8 Wachusett Reservoir Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke
Bullhead 3 8 Millvale Reservoir, Haverhill Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Carp 40 0 Connecticut River, Northhampton Isaac Golding, Hadley
Chain Pickerel 5 15 Herring Pond, Plymouth Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke
Channel Catfish 17 13 Connecticut River Robert Bedaw, South Deerfield
Crappie 2 4 Wachusett Reservoir Andrew Publicover, Sudbury
Lake Trout 16 4 Quabbin Reservoir Craig Allen, Athol
Landlocked Salmon 6 15 Quabbin Reservoir Ryan Gorman, Leominster
Largemouth Bass 9 1 Snipatuit Pond, Rochester Dylan Towne, West Wareham
Northern Pike 29 10 Cheshire Reservoir, Cheshire Kevin Janis, Pittsfield
Rainbow Trout 11 6 Whitehall Reservoir, Hopkinton Austin Odell, Hopkinton
Shad 5 5 Connecticut River, Holyoke Kathy Welch
Shad 5 5 Merrimack River Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Smallmouth Bass 6 0 Quabbin Reservoir George Dias, Leominster
Smallmouth Bass 6 0 Quabbin Reservoir George Dias, Leominster
Sunfish 1 8 West Reservoir, Harwich Carlene McFadden, Dennisport
Tiger Trout 4 0 Scargo Lake, Dennis Ron Goguen, Brewster
Walleye 8 11 Connecticut River, Montague Ken Long, Turners Falls
White Catfish 6 1 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee Todd Matera, Palmer
White Perch 3 0 Quabbin Reservoir Raymond Berthiaume, Ware
Yellow Perch 1 12 Spectacle Pond, Sandwich David Matera, Thorndike

Bold = new state record

2017 Youth catch & keep gold pin winners

Species Lbs. Oz. Water Angler
Bowfin 7 14 Taunton River, Taunton Tauri Adamczyk, Taunton
Brook Trout 3 3 Long Pond, Plymouth Jason Bunar, Kingston
Brown Trout 5 4 Sheep Pond, Brewster Isabella Clark, Yarmouth
Brown Trout 5 4 Quacumquasit Pond, Brookfield Ileana Bernier, Brookfield
Bullhead 2 1 Sydney’s Pond, Peabody Andrew Langley, Peabody
Carp 29 12 Connecticut River, Easthampton Nate Crosby, Easthampton
Chain Pickerel 4 11 Buel Lake, Monterey Mario Daniele, Wilbraham
Channel Catfish 11 0 Connecticut River, Gill Lillian Bisceglia, Baldwinville
Crappie 2 0 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Caedin Ostellino, Lanesborough
Lake Trout 5 8 Quabbin Reservoir Alexander Czasnowski, Ashburnham
Landlocked Salmon 5 12 Quabbin Reservoir Joseph Paine, Fitchbug
Largemouth Bass 7 0 Little Cliff Pond, Brewster Jake Boscus, Brewster
Northern Pike 19 8 Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield Andrew Langley, Peabody
Rainbow Trout 3 8 Quabbin Reservoir Jackson Head, Worcester
Shad 4 8 Merrimack River, Methuen Tauri Adamczyk, Taunton
Smallmouth Bass 5 0 Quabbin Reservoir Jadrien Berthiaume, Ware
Sunfish 1 1 Walden Pond, Concord Chase Anestis, Boxborough
Sunfish 1 1 White Pond, Concord Matthew Bowe, Jr., Concord
Tiger Trout 4 9 Peters Pond, Sandwich Jake Calogero, Middleboro
Walleye 4 11 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Jeremiah Sheperd, Turners Falls
White Catfish 4 5 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee Jake Calogero, Middleboro
White Perch 2 6 Spring Pond, Peabody Andrew Langley, Peabody
Yellow Perch 1 14 Wampanoag Lake, Gardner Wesley Czasnowski, Ashburnham

2017 Catch & release gold pin winners

Species Inches Water Angler 
Bowfin 29.50 Taunton River, Taunton Michael Nee, Northborough
Brook Trout 19.00 Buel Lake, Monterey Nicholas Hutline, Granville
Brook Trout 19.00 Fort Pond, Lancaster Ryan Gorman, Leominster
Brown Trout 25.00 Long Pond, Plymouth Dylan Towne, West Wareham
Brown Trout 25.00 Long Pond, Plymouth Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke
Bullhead 19.25 Cochichewick Lake, North Andover Roger Aziz, Jr., Methuen
Carp 39.50 Connecticut River, Springfield Dean Brookes, Worcester
Chain Pickerel 27.25 Chauncey Lake, Westborough Ryan Moran, Medway
Channel Catfish 31.00 Connecticut River, Agawam Paul Beauchesne, Jr., Worcester
Crappie 17.25 Connecticut River, Greenfield Jeff Magnan, Gardner
Lake Trout 30.50 Wachusett Reservoir Michael Nee, Northborough
Lake Trout 30.50 Wachusett Reservoir Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke
Landlocked Salmon 25.50 Quabbin Reservoir Clayton Sydla, Ware
Largemouth Bass 25.00 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee John Gonsalves, Norton
Largemouth Bass 25.00 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee Dylan Towne, West Wareham
Northern Pike 45.50 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Ashley DePaoli, Stamford
Rainbow Trout 21.50 Long Pond, Plymouth Michael Nee, Northborough
Shad 25.25 Chicopee River, Granby Paul Beauchesne, Jr., Worcester
Smallmouth Bass 22.50 Wachusett Reservoir Marc Mahoney, Shrewsbury
Sunfish 11.50 Sampson Pond, Carver Ken Delvecchio, East Bridgewater
Tiger Trout 18.00 Peter’s Pond, Plymouth Michael Nee, Northborough
Walleye 28.00 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Mark Mohan, Jr., Pembroke
White Catfish 21.50 Mashpee-Wakeby Lake, Masphee Eddie Lemieux, Acushnet
White Catfish 21.50 Mashpee-Wakeby Lake, Masphee Eddie Lemieux, Acushnet
White Perch 17.25 Wachusett Reservoir Prince Dukuly, West Boylston
Yellow Perch 15.50 Gallows Pond, Plymouth Michael Tarr, Plymouth

Bold = new state record or tie

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