The Connecticut and Merrimack Rivers are the best for anadromous fish like Striped Bass and Atlantic Salmon. This page, Best bets for trophy fishing, is, in the scale of 1, Strongly Disagree, to 5, Strongly Agree, Professional Training & Career Development, Enter your catch in the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program. Big fish lurk in lakes, rivers, and ponds all over the state, and not all anglers submit their catches. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries needed to be able to abruptly end the run if the introduced cohos began to compete with, or otherwise damage native fish. Wondering what the record is for the kind of fish you want to catch? Don’t worry. If you would like to continue helping us improve Mass.gov, join our user panel to test new features for the site. There are two water bodies in Massachusetts that have landlocked salmon—the Quabbin Reservoir and the Wachusett Reservoir. If you prefer lake fishing, Quabbin Reservoir is as varied as it is vast, with Kokanee Salmon, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and four different species of Trout: Lake, Brown, Rainbow, and Brook. Email: info@nsrwa.org. Massachusetts > State > On the Water > Fishing Locations. With a number of harbor towns and almost 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) of fishable shoreline, plus countless areas to explore by boat, anglers can spend the whole day here and not even scratch the surface of all the locations. Whatever the cause, the coho program ended in the mid- to late-eighties when the salmon failed to return over the period of a few consecutive years. Here's where we recommend you fish for different species: Can’t make it to a place on the list? Top-requested sites to log in to services provided by the state. Find out which spots in Massachusetts have been known to produce the trophy fish of your dreams. Fax: 781.659.7915 Massachusetts has many fishing locations, both salt- and fresh-water. During the 1970s and 80s, both Massachusetts and New Hampshire were applying the Great Lakes, hatchery based model, described above. Everyone age 15 and older is required to have a license to fish the fresh waters of Massachusetts. Wildlife is ample, so bring your camera in addition to your fishing pole. Enter the NSRWA 50 Places to Explore Contest! (214 South Street) Norwell MA 02061, Phone: 781.659.8168 As one can clearly surmise, it was given its name long ago since salmon swam up the Deerfield River to spawn here. During the 1970s and 80s, both Massachusetts and New Hampshire were applying the Great Lakes, hatchery based model, described above. We will use this information to improve the site. Many, myself included, blame the recovery of the striped bass population following the enactment of range-wide conservation measures. Fishing still defines our culture today, with lobsters, sea scallops, crabs, and a variety of fish filling our menus and attracting tourists from all over the world. For Marine Fisheries, the ability to block the upstream passage of the salmon, and high summer temperatures in the impounded river above the dam, were among the conditions that made the Indian Head River a desirable location for the introduction of Pacific salmon. How much do you agree with the following statements in the scale of 1, Strongly Disagree, to 5, Strongly Agree? Whether you fly fish a 2wt on small creeks for brook trout, a 14' 9wt for Steelhead or Atlantic Salmon, or Tarpon on a 12wt; your contributions and questions will be welcomed and appreciated! Some people go to Alaska every year to fish, it becomes an exuberant addiction, and most would say that salmon fishing is the adventure that tops all. Our native Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) had long been locally extinct from the dams and pollution of our rivers from the colonial period onward. The Market Basket ad for this week shows Wild Atlantic Salmon of $8.99/lb.