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All about fishing in the Bay State

  • Lake Cochituate
  • Long Pond
  • Lake Onota
  • Lake Quinsigamond
  • Norton Reservoir
  • Otis Reservoir
  • Quabbin Reservoir
  • Wachusett Reservoir
  • Watuppa Ponds
  • Webster Lake

The state of Massachusetts has so many lakes and ponds to choose from. Far too many for us to cover here so we are listing the major waters and providing information about MA lake location as well as the major species in each lake. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, chain pickerel, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. In winter, ice fishing is popular on many lakes across the state.

Major Massachusetts Lakes

Massachusetts major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in MA, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Assawompset Pond is a 2,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lakeville.

Cheshire Reservoir is a 400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Cheshire.

Congamond Lake is a 460-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Southwick.

Great Herring Pond is a 376-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, 1 mile northwest of Sagamore.

Hamilton Reservoir is a 410-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Holland.

Lake Chaubunagungamaug, aka Webster Lake, is a 1,400-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Webster.

Lake Cochituate is a 610-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Natick.

Lake Garfield is a 260-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Monterey.

Lake Onota is a 617-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, on the northwest outskirts of Pittsfield.

Lake Rohunta is a 380-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Orange.

Lake Quinsigamond is a 770-acre lake in the central part of the state, in Worcester.

Long Pond is a 1,700-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at East Freetown.

Norton Reservoir is a 530-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Norton.

Otis Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, 5 miles northeast of Sandisfield.

Quabbin Reservoir is a 25,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at New Salem.

South Watuppa Pond is a 1,450-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Fall River.

Wachusett Reservoir is a 4,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Clinton.

Wallum Lake is a 322-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles southwest of Douglas.

Watuppa Ponds are two lakes covering 1,800 acres lake in the southeast part of the state, at Fall River.

Fish Species & State Records in Massachusetts

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 15 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 2 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz*

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz*

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 13 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 25 lbs 7 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 12 oz

Other species

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 5 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 35 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz

*Unknown.

Click the images and links above for species details.

Massachusetts Bass
Mike Taylor's nice MA bass.

The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game has a website filled with regulations and information about fishing in Massachusetts.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Massachusetts and other boating information.

Acquire a Massachusetts fishing license here.

Visit the section dedicated to activities for kids in MA, including stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in MA. Please send us your recommendations and we will be happy to consider them for publication.

State of MA Fishing Guides

You can find a listing of MA fishing guides here. If you are a fishing guide or know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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