Guide To Great Trout Fishing Locations In Massachusetts
All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in local lakes and streams.
Trout can be found in rivers and streams throughout the state, but much of the fishing is focused in some of the larger lakes and impoundments like Hamilton Reservoir, Lake Chaubunagungamaug, Lake Cochituate, Lake Garfield, Lake Onota, Lake Quinsigamond, Long Pond, Otis Reservoir, Quabbin Reservoir and Wachusett Reservoir and Wallum Lake. Some lakes in the state offer ice fishing in winter.
Trout Species In The State
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
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Massachusetts State Record Trout
The state record rainbow trout was caught from Wachusett Reservoir.
The state record brook trout was taken out of Ashfield Lake.
The state record brown trout came from Wachusett Reservoir.
The state record lake trout was caught in Quabbin Reservoir.
The state record tiger trout came from Peters Pond.
Visit the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game website for complete details and schedules for trout stocking in Massachusetts.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Additional trout fishing information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Trout locations and info, by state.
The habits of trout.
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Massachusetts waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.