Guide To Fishing At Lake McDonough
AKA: Barkhamsted Lake
An ideal lake for fishing from the bank, Lake McDonough aka Barkhamsted Lake is a 390-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state at Hartland. The lake has about 9 miles of shoreline, and sections in many areas around the lake are accessible to fish from shore.
Boats are limited to 10 mph maximum which makes this an ideal body of water for kayaks, canoes and row boats. The Lake McDonough Boathouse offers rowboat rentals and has a boat launch ramp open to the public for a fee. Bass, trout, sunfish and perch are all plentiful here as fishing pressure is low due to the speed limit.
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and chain pickerel at Lake McDonough in Connecticut.
Primary fish species residing in Lake McDonough
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Lake McDonough Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Lake McDonough Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Reservoir Road, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
Click here for a Connecticut Fishing License.
Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Austin Hawes Campground - 860 379-0922
White Pines Campsites - 860 379-0124
Lake McDonough CT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Lake McDonough Boat Launch
Barkhamsted, CT 06063
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Lake McDonough in CT
General Fishing Info
Fishing for bass, trout, sunfish and perch in northwest CT.