13 December 2016

Sportsmen's Club 2017 Calendar


       Falls Sundays – 5 Stand - Starting September  - Limited Sunday rentals from Sept. 1st to March 1st       

07 July 2016

MSC Benefit Concert for Fisher House - August 13, 2016 - 1:00 to 9:00 pm

Fisher House Foundation
and Our Veterans
August 13, 2016 - rain or shine
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Live music all day - Raffles - BBQ served 2:00 to 6:00PM
Smoked BBQ Chicken, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Burgers, Dogs, Salads & Deserts - BYOB (Beer and Wine only)

Featuring Live Bands ! Details to be posted All net proceeds to benefit Fisher House Foundation

Tickets - $20 in advance
Ticket Sales will begin 6/12/2016 (T.B.A.)

Here's a link to progress being made on a new Fisher House site, being built on the West Haven VA Hospital Campus: http://www.fisherhousect.org/

2015 Fundraiser photos (c) copyright Bernie O'Donnel

23 June 2016

Shadbake Redux ~ Photos shared; taken by Kelvin Cole

<< The Cooking Pit

                  Shucking Clams       >>>



28 May 2016

Shad Bake - Sunday, June 12th 2016

Quite possible the longest continuously operated Planked Shad Bake in Connecticut, the Moodus Sportsmen's Club Annual Shad Bake will be held this year ~ rain or shine ~ on Sunday, June 12th, 2016

PLEASE NOTE This is an earlier date than in past years!

WHAT TIME DOES IT START? Festivities begin at noon . . . although the tickets say "serving until 2 p.m." we'll be there until the food is gone.

TELL US ABOUT WHAT WE ARE HAVING TO EAT. Planked and filleted (that's right, we have already taken care of the bones) shad dinners are a prized culinary treat. The technique - believed to have originated with native tribes - is where shad is nailed to large boards and baked in front of a pit of hot coals, and it is a long held New England tradition.
But there will be plenty of other great things including chowder, venison chili, a variety of cold salads, chicken, hot dogs, watermelon and more. You won't be going away hungry.

Food allergies? Let us know before we serve you.

WHAT ELSE? Stay and play horseshoes, meet up with old friends; get acquainted with new folks in town; enjoy the atmosphere and the view.

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? For tickets, see any MSC member, stop by the Moodus Package Store, or email the site maintainer for more details.

Advance tickets: Adults $20; over 65 $15; under 5 - $6
Day of event: Adults $25; over 65 $20; under 5 $8 ~ a bargain at the price!

PARKING: Handicapped parking is available by the pavilion. Come early to park. Come early because parking can get hectic. Please follow instructions from the parking lot team! Trucks park down by the target range and fish pond. Overflow parking is at the town beach, as well as along the Old East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike east of the club

19 April 2016

Children's Fishing Derby - May 1st, 2016

Our stocked trout pond opens at 8:00 a.m.
Admission is free! We hope to get the kids to enjoy an outdoor activity.

All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


After the morning's adventure, everyone's invited to one of our famous lunches.

Watch this page for more details.

24 March 2016

Bear Hunt in the Fall of 2016?

The Moodus Sportsmen's Club isn't sponsoring this, just letting folks know about the chance to win a guided bear hunt in Maine next Autumn.

The winner will be responsible for lodging, meals and the cost of their own Maine hunting licenses for the event

For a local point of contact you can e-mail Alex Breen ~ huntnfreak@icloud.com

Further contact info is at the bottom of the image. For more info about Mountain View Camp, in Portage Maine,
the following is from their webpage:

Phillip Allen
Mountain View Sporting Camp
Portage, Maine

23 March 2016

East Haddam's Annual Town Wide Clean Up - Saturday April 2, 2016

The Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, and the East Haddam Scout Troops are sponsoring the Annual Town Wide Clean Up Day to be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

The goal of these organizations is to coordinate an annual effort to pick up the streets, lakes, streams, and other public access areas in the Town of East Haddam. Would your organization or individuals in your organization be willing to participate? We are in search of families and groups to pick up sections of the streets in which they live on. Is there a section of town that you or your group would like to take over the stewardship? Could you and your neighbors adopt a street?

This event has been on-going event for at least twenty years. Tons of trash has been picked up over the years keeping our town clean. We picked the beginning of the month versus the traditional end of the month for Earth Day to avoid the growth of poison ivy along the streets and stone walls. Our first major project was the removal of cars, tires, and trash from Babcock Wildlife Management Area in the 1990’s. Removal of the trash and debris keeps the Town safer for the wildlife and our pets and retains the scenic quality we all desire.

We plan to start the pickup at 8:00 a.m. If you wish to join our groups, meets us at the East Haddam Town Hall on Town Street at 8:00 a.m. to pick up garbage bags or start from your own street. Please wear bright colors – hunter’s orange works – and bring work gloves. Materials can be brought directly to the transfer station.

At the conclusion of this pick up day, an invitation is extended to all participating to a picnic at the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club starting at noon and ending at 2 pm. Traditional picnic items such as hot-dogs, baked beans, coffee and iced tea and lemonade will be served along with the seasonal bounty only a sportsmen’s club could serve. At this time we can inventory the items collected and discuss solutions to reduce these problems. We also will have educational information about the Town’s natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities that are available to all.

19 February 2016

MSC's Annual Tri-Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament - CANCELLED

Well folks, try as we might, the Moodus Sportsman's Club Ice Fishing Derby obviously will not be taking place this year.

Last week's freeze made us cautiously optimistic

But this morning driving along both Moodus Reservoir and Bashan Lake with the ice all but disappeared, we knew it wasn't happening. So we are packing up the tip ups and stowing the augers away until next year.

In the meantime we still encourage to e-mail us at moodussportsman@gmail.com to be added to our electronic mailing list of upcoming special events

We look forward to seeing you at April's East Haddam Town Wide Earth Day as well as our annual Shad Bake in June. [that's the Sunday after Father's Day]

Image Credit: Connecticut DEEP

26 January 2016

COMING UP! - MSC's Annual Tri-Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament

Moodus Sportsman’s Club
 Sunday February 21, 2016

7:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Tri-Lake  Ice  Fishing Tournament

Weather/Ice decision:          5:00 pm Saturday February 20th, please call 873-3381 to confirm                           

Tournament Fee:                 $25.00 per person for fishing & 1 auger raffle ticket
                                            $10.00 per child for fishing & 1 auger raffle ticket
                                                ALL ADULT PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE VALID CT FISHING LICENSE  --  

                                                LICENSE MUST BE PRESENTED FOR AWARDS.
                                               Persons under 16 years old do not need a license

Prize Fish Types:                  Bass – Largemouth/Smallmouth, Chain Pickerel or Yellow Perch

Prizes:                                    $1000.00 total purse 
                                                 First Prize $600.00 for heaviest fish of the three species
                                                  $200.00 each to the largest fish in the two other species listed
                                                 Trophies to each child with the heaviest fish of the three species

Registration Forms:           Available * at the Moodus Package Store,
  * at the Moodus Sportsman’s Club Saturday February 20th  5:00-7:00
  * or by email request to moodussportsman@gmail.com ~
BEFORE Wednesday February 17.
Mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday, February 15th

Locations:                          Lake Hayward         ~    East Haddam
                                            Bashan Lake            ~    East Haddam
                                            Moodus Reservoir   ~    Moodus

Verification:                      The official weigh-in will be held at the Moodus Sportsman’s Club at 2:00 pm sharp!

Party Festivities:              The Moodus Sportsman’s Club will host lunch at 2:00 pm and an 8” Power Auger Raffle to follow lunch ($5.00/additional ticket)                  

Tournament Finish:        Return to the Club by 2:00 pm on February 21st for final tally, lunch & awards.

Regulations                      Fish must conform to Connecticut fishing regulations for the area being fished

CAUTION!!!!!!!!!!:        The Moodus Sportsman’s Club does not represent that the ice is safe in all places on these lakes. All participants are responsible for their own personal safety. Pay attention to the channel in the Moodus Reservoir and the springs in Bashan Lake. With the lowering of the water level, certain areas may not be safe!

22 January 2016

Game dinner POSTPONED until Sunday, January 24

The January game dinner set for Saturday January 23 has been postponed. The Game dinner will now be help on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Dinner will start at 4:00 pm, two hours earlier than Saturday's dinner.

21 January 2016

TRI LAKES ICE FISHING DERBY - Sunday February 21, 2016

We are going forward to announce the Fishing Derby Date for this year.

Sunday February 21st 2016
starting at 6 am.

There will be a few changes but the DAY and the start time remain the same

Check back in by Saturday January 23
(or sooner) for more details

12 January 2016

MSC Club Calendar ~ January through June 2016

NOTE: This does not include rentals of the club, which is subject to change each month.

Monthly members meetings begin at 7:30 PM
Limited Sunday rentals from Sept. 1st to March 1st
Scouts Troop 22 usually held Wednesdays
Bold faced, underlined events are open to the public

3    6:30 PM - Annual Board of Directors Meeting – before the regular meeting
      7:30 PM - Monthly Meeting
20  6:00 PM - Eight Mile & Salmon River Watershed Partnership [Sponsored event]
                       Resources for Managing Forests [Limited seating]
                       Contact  pyoung@eightmileriver.org or salmonriverct@att.net before January 15
23  Game Dinner - 6:00 p.m. [Limited seating]
      Snow date 24th at 4 pm


1     Monthly Meeting
7     "Shooter Bowl" - a new shooting event on Super Bowl Sunday
       Modified 5-Stand  shoot with a football theme [8:30 am sign in with 9:00 am start time]
       Super Bowl Sunday
21   Ice Fishing Derby - Start at 6:00 AM
       NO Snow/Rain Date for Ice Derby

27   Game Dinner - 6:00 p.m. [Limited seating]
       Snow date for Game Dinner - 22nd at 4 pm


7     Monthly Meeting
       DEEP Hunter Safety Course  [Advance sign-up through DEEP required]
       DEEP: CE/FS Program - Franklin Wildlife Management Center       
        860-642-7239 - ~ dep.franklinwildlife@ct.gov   NOTE: DEEP Hunter Safety Course 
12    Saturday - 8 am to 5 pm
13    Sunday - 8 am to 2 pm
19   Game Dinner - 6:00 p.m. [Limited seating]
       Snow date for Game Dinner - 20th at 4 pm
20   March Madness  - 5 Stand Shoot Off


2     Town Wide Annual Clean-Up
4     Monthly Meeting
16   Game Dinner - 6:00 PM [Limited seating]
       Annual Raffle
17   Spring Work Party - 9:00 AM


1     Children's Fishing Derby
2     Monthly Meeting
21   Annual Salmon River Fishing Trip & Club Party
       Squid Fishing Trip May / June


6     Monthly Meeting
10   Set Up for Shad Bake
12   Annual Shad Bake
       To be held the Sunday before Father's Day