All about fishing in the Bay State
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
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
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 8 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 8 lbs 2 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz*
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz*
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 13 lbs 13 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 10 lbs 0 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 25 lbs 7 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz
World record: 79 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 10 lbs 12 oz
World record: 9 lbs 6 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 5 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 35 lbs 0 oz
World record: 51 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz
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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.
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State of MA Fishing Guides
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