Event takes place on May 12, 2018 & May 13, 2018 & May 19, 2018 & May 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
1 Bridge St, Holyoke, MA
The 53rd Annual Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) Shad Derby will be held over the next two weekends May 12, 13, 19, and 20 with a grand prize of $1,000 in cash for the first-place winner in the senior division.
The HG&E Shad Derby invites the region’s anglers to fish the waters of the Connecticut River, by the Holyoke Dam, in a free contest to catch the largest shad. Prizes are awarded to the top 10 catches in each of two divisions: junior (ages 14 & under) and senior (ages 15 & older). Contestants must bring their fish to the official weighing station located by the Fishway, near the Route 116 Bridge, during the official weighing times from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Derby prizes will be awarded to the top 10 contestants in each division at the tournament’s conclusion, on Sunday, May 20th at 5PM. Prior to fishing, contestants should register at the weighing booth by the Holyoke Fishway. Contestants in the senior division must have a valid fishing license.
In addition to the Shad Derby, HG&E’s Robert Barrett Fishway in open for the season and will be celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend. Continuing a decade-old tradition, all mothers visiting the Fishway on Sunday, May 13th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., will receive a free carnation to commemorate Mother’s Day and the spirit of re-birth on the Connecticut River.