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Event Series Event Series: Holyoke, Annual Shad Derby

Holyoke, Annual Shad Derby

May 11

The annual HG&E Shad Derby is one of the region’s largest fishing events. Held on two weekends in May, the derby offers both adult and youth fisherman the opportunity to win prizes as they enjoy the recreational benefits of the Connecticut River.

Holyoke Gas & Electric’s Annual Shad Derby is a FREE event that invites the region’s anglers to fish the waters of the Connecticut River in a contest to catch the largest shad. Contestants must bring their fish to the official weighing station located by the Robert E. Barrett Fishway, near the Route 116 Bridge. Official weighing is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Derby Days. Prizes will be awarded at the tournament’s conclusion on Sunday.

DATES: MAY 11, 12, 18, 19
TIME: 9 AM – 5 PM*

*Note: No fish will be weighed in after 5 pm.


For official rules please visit www.hged.com/shadderby

The Robert E. Barrett Fishway at the Holyoke Dam opens for the season on May 10th. Come see our amazing fish elevator and the underwater fish viewing windows.

Open May 10 through June 18

Wednesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Also open Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 2023