Here are some of the most common questions about membership, the fishing experience and the community at the Malden Anglers Association
Is Malden Anglers fly fishing only?
From our Fall stocking, around late-September, until mid-June, only fly-fishing is allowed on Patkin Pond. Members and their guests must practice catch-and-release. During the summer months trout cannot be sustained and the pond is open to some exciting largemouth bass fishing with flies, artificial lures and worms. During the summer, spinning gear is allowed and caught fish are allowed to be kept.
What is an angler?
An "angler" is a person who fishes with a rod and line. In the 1400s fishing hooks were called "angles." So angling is fishing with hook and line. If you want to examine this further, check out The Treatise of FISHING WITH AN ANGLE. This historical text, by Dame Juliana Berners, is stored in Sports Illustrated's archives.
Are my spouse and child allowed to fish if I'm a member?
Yes, your spouse has all of the privileges that are afforded to you as a member except voting. A child, a junior member, under 18 must be accompanied by you when fishing. A junior member is not allowed in any flotation craft on the pond and not allowed to fish until 2 weeks after the trout are initially stocked.
Do I need a Massachusetts fishing license to fish on Patkin Pond?
No, If you are a member or a guest of a member you do not need a Massachusetts fishing license to fish on the pond.