Rod & Gun Club Hosts Fishing Derby Saturday


This year’s Free Freshwater Fishing Weekend in Massachusetts is on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5! No license is required to fish any public lake, pond, reservoir, stream, or river in Massachusetts from 12 a.m. Saturday, June 4 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

In coordination with that special event, Franklin Rod & Gun Club is holding their 2022 Fishing Derby
from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday at their facility, 53 Florence Street, on Uncas Pond. There will be an “all you can eat” breakfast for $5 and free pizza for lunch. The Club is providing free use of bait, gear, rod & reel and supplies permit. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are $5. Prizes range up to 100.

  • Other than Free Fishing Weekend, the Mass Department of Fish and Game reminds us that a license is needed to fish in fresh water if you are 15 or older. If you're 15–17 or 70 and older, your license is free. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs. Buy your fishing license here.
  • All other regulations, including catch limits, apply during Free Fishing Weekend. Before heading out on the water, make sure you know the rules. Review fishing regulations.
  • For saltwater anglers, Free Saltwater Fishing Weekend is June 18–19.

Where else to fish

Use the Go Fish MA! fishing map to find places to fish near you! You can also explore trout stocked waters or handicapped accessible fishing sites.

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