CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – One of the oldest fishing records in Massachusetts has yet to be beaten after nearly 70 years.
The state has been keeping data on record-sized fish caught in Massachusetts for years. While a majority of them are beat often, some records date back 40, 50 and nearly 70 years! Some of the oldest records can be found on the Massachusetts freshwater catch and keep records.
The oldest freshwater catch and keep record dates back to 1954 when a 9 pound, 5 ounces chain pickerel was recorded. The fish was caught by “Mrs. James Martin” in Laurel Lake in Lee. The length of the fish was not recorded, potentially due to the way records were taken back in the 50s.
The chain pickerel is a pike fish and is most recognizable for its markings. The sides of the fish are yellowish to greenish and have a chain-like pattern of black lines. Their jaws are elongated and they have large, sharp…