We here in Massachusetts are fortunate to be rich in coastal resources. Everyone has their favorite angling spot, but we’ve gathered together a few places that are beautiful, accessible and a good bet for fisherpeople of all ability levels and interests.
1. Castle Island, South Boston
Pleasure Bay is the prime fishing spot on this island. There are two islets that guide fish into the bay from the harbor.
2. Wachusett Reservoir
Wachusett Reservoir is only ten minutes from Worcester, but it feels a world away from the daily grind. This fishing spot is eight miles long and full of a variety of fish. May and June is prime largemouth and smallmouth bass time.
3. Plymouth Harbor Jetty, Plymouth
This is a great spot to bring the whole family for a day of seaside fun. While the anglers are out on the jetty catching bluefish, the others can stroll along the sand or play in the surf.
4. The Ipswich River, Ipswich
The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game stocks this river with trout every year, so your chances of catching one are pretty high.
5. Scargo Pond, Dennis
This kettle pond is stocked twice a year with trout. It is also home to Scargo Tower, a great lookout point and scenic place to catch the sunset after a long day's fishing.
6. Walden Pond, Concord
This historic pond is more than just a national landmark – it's a great place to bring a fishing rod. Perfect for fishing with kids or just an afternoon of peaceful solitude.
7. Wachusett Dam, Nashua River
The Nashua River watershed is host to a large variety of fish, and Pepperell Pond is full of large and smallmouth bass. Catch some rays at the Wachusett Dam and maybe catch dinner, too.
8. Spectacle Pond, Sandwich
MassWildlife calls Spectacle Pond a "best bet" for catching for catching bullheads.
9. Spy Pond, Arlington
This is a popular ice skating spot in the winter, but Spy Pond is an equally wonderful fishing area. It has been regularly stocked with tiger muskie fingerlings for many years, and this pond is also a great place to nab some perch.
10. Gooseberry Island, Westport
Skip the crowds on the Cape and head over to Westport's Gooseberry Island for some lovely views and great fishing.
Of course, this list is definitely incomplete. We have so many great angling options. What’s your favorite fishing spot in Massachusetts?