Massachusetts freshwater fish records

MassWildlife keeps records of the biggest fish caught in Massachusetts’ waters that have public access. Check out the record holders for both catch and keep and catch and release categories.

Massachusetts freshwater catch & keep records

If you think your trophy fish may have broken a catch and keep record, it  needs to be weighed by a MassWildlife Fisheries Biologist. While our offices remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, please email steven.mattocks@mass.gov to make an appointment to bring your fish into one of our office locations. The fish must be presented in its entirety (whole). In keeping with MassWildlife regulations prohibiting the transportation of live fish without a permit, any fish submitted for weighing must be dead.

Species Lbs. Oz. Length Water Angler Year
American Shad 11 4 32 Connecticut River Bob Thibodo 1986
Bowfin 9 10 29.25 Taunton River Andrew Langley 2020
Broodstock Salmon 22 15 36 Mattawa Lake, Orange Donald Savoy 1997
Brook Trout 10 0 23 Ashfield Lake, Ashfield Peter Harand 2008
Brown Trout 19 10 31 Wachusett Reservoir Dana Deblois 1966
Bullhead 6 4 23 Forest Lake, Methuen Roger Aziz, Jr. 2008
Carp 46 5 42 Quinsigamond Lake, Shrewsbury Shane Felch 2012
Chain Pickerel 9 5 NA Laurel Lake, Lee Mrs. James Martin 1954
Channel Catfish 26 8 35 Ashfield Lake, Ashfield Dana Dodge 1989
Crappie 4 10 NA Jake's Pond, Plymouth James Crowley 1980
Lake Trout 25 7 33 Quabbin Reservoir William Roy 2016
Landlocked Salmon 10 2 29 Wachusett Reservoir Richard Gagne 1985
Largemouth Bass 15 8 28 Sampson Pond, Carver Walter Bolonis 1975
Northern Pike 35 0 47 Quacumquasit Pond, Brookfield Don Greenwood, Jr. 1988
Rainbow Trout 13 13 28 Wachusett Reservoir Jeffrey Greco 1999
Smallmouth Bass 8 2 22 Wachusett Reservoir Barbara Sasen 1991
Sunfish 2 1 12 South Athol Pond, Athol Heather Bulger 1982
Tiger Muskellunge 27 0 46 Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield James Lambert 2001
Tiger Trout 9 7 26 Peter's Pond, Sandwich Michael Shelton 2004
Walleye 11 0 30 Quabbin Reservoir Robert Methot 1973
White Catfish 9 3 26 Baddacook Pond, Groton Michael Payne 1987
White Perch 3 8 18 Wachusett Reservoir Val Percuoco 2016
Yellow Perch 2 12 17 South Watuppa Pond, Fall River James O'Conner 1979

 

Massachusetts freshwater catch & release records

Be sure to follow the rules for measuring and photographing your fish to be eligible.

Species Length Water Angler Year
American Shad 25.00 Chicopee River, Granby Paul Beauchesne, Jr. 2017
Bowfin 32.00 Oxbow Pond, Easthampton David DeSimone 2021
Brook Trout 20.75 Swift River, Belchertown David DeSimone 2021
Brown Trout 32.00 Littleville Reservoir, Huntington David DeSimone 2020
Bullhead 21.50 Stiles Pond, Oxford Roger Aziz, Jr. 2021
Carp 44.00 Connecticut River, South Hadley Kenneth Langdon 2021
Chain Pickerel 28.75 Leverett Pond, Leverett David Desimone 2020
Channel Catfish 34.50 Connecticut River, Easthampton Jason Montanez 2020
Channel Catfish 34.50 Connecticut River, Hatfield Kenneth Langdon 2020
Crappie 18.25 Lashaway Lake, North Brookfield Matthew Menard 2019
Crappie 18.25 Putnamville Reservoir, Danvers Thomas Melanson 2020
Lake Trout 34.00 Wachusett Reservoir David Desimone 2020
Landlocked Salmon 27.25 Quabbin Reservoir Gary Morin 2018
Largemouth Bass 25.00 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee John Gonsalves 2017
Largemouth Bass 25.00 Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee Dylan Towne 2018
Largemouth Bass 25.00 White Pond, Concord Tracy Como-Bowe 2018
Northern Pike 45.50 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Ashley DePaoli 2017
Northern Pike 45.50 Onota Lake, Pittfield Craig Strong 2021
Rainbow Trout 27.25 Swift River, Belchertown David DeSimone 2021
Smallmouth Bass 23.50 Wachusett Reservoir Zachary Aquino 2020
Sunfish 13.00 Wrights Reservoir, Westminster Griffin Sabolevski 2021
Tiger Muskellunge 34.00 Pontoosuc Lake, Lanesborough David DeSimone 2021
Tiger Trout 25.50 Ashfield Pond, Ashfield David DeSimone 2021
Walleye 29.50 Connecticut River, Holyoke Michael Taylor 2018
Walleye 29.50 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Jason Wingrove 2018
White Catfish 26.50 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Benjamin Halkett 2015
White Perch 18.00 Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston Prince Dukuly 2018
Yellow Perch 16.50 Coonamessett Pond, Falmouth Peter Brundrett 2015
Yellow Perch 16.50 Long Pond, Plymouth Mark Mohan, Jr. 2016

 

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