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Fishing Gets Green Light

Phase 1 of the state’s reopening was effective on Monday, May 18. Some area sportsman’s clubs received messages from Gov. Baker’s office and their respective police chief that they could reopen while maintaining safe, social distancing practices during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That means constant six feet apart outdoors as well as indoors — or wearing a mask. Gathering groups must be no larger than 10 people.
     Now, fisherman will be able to enjoy charter and party boats. Hopefully, people will show responsibility and maintaining the social distance and hygienic practices that got us a giant step closer to where we want to be.
     Inland trout, rainbow and brown trout were stocked heavily up through Memorial Day weekend every year. Spawning bass and crappies are providing action on inland ponds and some fishermen are finding perch and bluegills cooked right can taste just as good as flounder.
     Massachusetts has over 3,000 lakes and ponds that provide opportunities for recreation and valuable habitat for a wide diversity of plants and animals. Squannacook River (Townsend), Nissitisset River (Pepperell), Horn Pond (Woburn), Millers River (Athol), South Watuppa Pond (Fall River), Falls Pond (North Attleboro) are all ponds/rivers that afford
excellent fishing in Massachusetts.
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