Massachusetts boasts the Atlantic Ocean as one of its borders, and its replete with fish, lobster, and more. There’s something ethereal, however, about casting your line in a fishing spot. Discover the best fishing spots Massachusetts has to offer, from serene ponds to expansive reservoirs. Here are our favorite spots to cast a line in the state.
If you hope to catch largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white perch, bluegill or yellow perch, then Chapin Pond is an excellent place to cast your line. The warm water pond is located just north of where the Massachusetts Pike intersects with Route 21. There is a paved public launch ramp there, but the only parking is across the street at the Ludlow town beach.
Cast your line or wear your waders, but you’ll definitely want to fish at Norton Reservoir. Launch your boat at Reservoir Avenue. Best known for the volume of white perch caught here, locals say it’s also a good spot to catch bass, pickerel, and crappie.
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Locals consider Horn Pond to be a local treasure. Located between Arlington Road and Lake Avenue, the pond is known for its trout and broodstock salmon. Wildlife is ample, so bring your camera in addition to your fishing pole. You may park at the pond or on a nearby street.
Reel in some largemouth bass, smallmouth bass or tiger muskie at South Watuppa Pond. The third largest naturally-occurring body of water in the state of Massachusetts, the pond is flanked by several residences. That hasn’t hampered the fishing any, however. If you’re looking for a public boat ramp, check out nearby Dave’s Beach. It’s on the end of Jefferson Street.
Stocked with largemouth bass and trout, Falls Pond is accessed via Wild Acres Road. This is the best spot for shore fishing. Boats are allowed, and the launch is accessed from Metters Street. As shallow as 10 feet in some spots, it is as deep as 30 feet in others. The locals claim patience is a virtue when fishing here. It typically pays off for those who are visiting.