A free fishing clinic for women will be held at the Townsend Rod and Gun Club on Saturday, June 2.

This event is for women ages 14 to 99. Instructors at the Rod and Gun Club will teach all the basics of freshwater fishing and after the classroom stuff is finished the students will fish the club trout pond.

If you catch a fish a demonstration of fish cleaning will take place. If you don't have a fishing rod you can buy one for just $10.

Email fishingtrgc@hotmail.com to register. The club is located at 46 Emery Road in Townsend.

Trout stocking continues

Spring has really sprung with temps reaching close to 90 degrees in Boston and in Fitchburg on Wednesday and Thursday. Flowers have blossomed, trees are showing some green and lawns need cutting. What is a person to make of all this?

If you're like me, you head for the local body of water, leave the spring chores for another day and go fishing!

The rivers and streams are now teeming with some outstanding fish. The state continues in-season stocking of brook and small brown trout in select brooks and streams throughout the state as well as big rainbows in the rivers.

Also, the state has again been pouring trout into the ponds around the region. Not just rainbows this time, but mixing in some big brook trout and browns.

In case you missed it, the governor went to Jamaica Pond in Boston and met stocking crews for a very special stocking of rainbows, brook trout and browns.


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Some of these fish came from the Cape while others came from the Western Mass. hatchery. They stocked hundreds of fish up to 11 pounds -- with a 3-year-old kid catching an 11-pounder! According to a report that's a state record for rainbows. There were plenty of other trophy fish stocked here .

There were dozens of places stocked this week. Here is a sample of lakes and ponds: Balpate, Styles, Sluice, White's, Horn, Walden, Lake Cochituate and Massapaug. Also ,Mason Brook, Willard Brook, Beaver Brook, Nashoba Brook, Mosquito Brook, Squannacook River, Nissitissit River, Pow Wow River and Salmon Brook.

Outdoor news & notes

On the ocean front, herring by the thousands have moved up every river that holds them and perhaps a few that never saw them before. There just seems to be so many this year they are bubbling over. The Merrimack is wall-to-wall herring in Lawrence and they are being lifted for their journey to Lowell and the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Herring are now in every haunt you can think of as they look to spawn. In the Cape Cod Canal there are so many fish their fins are out of the water because there just is no room. Their numbers are tremendous and the fish are pushing upriver as they fight for position in the brooks.

Shad are now in the Merrimack in decent numbers. Head to Rocks Village in Haverhill for the best action. Some of these fish are 7 pounds and the world record 11-pound fish was hooked in Lawrence. They fight like a salmon and run line and must be fought with care. Shad have a very soft mouth and it will be easy to pull the hook.

The good news continues with the striped bass migration now hitting Cape Cod. These are small fish to 24 inches and a ton of fun to catch. They will be in Boston by midweek. My prediction is the first striped bass with sea lice will be landed next Sunday on Plum Island.

Bill Biswanger's email is bboutdoor1@aol.com