Your Best Spring Fishing in Massachusetts
March 19, 2014
The Bay State is renowned for its excellent saltwater fishery including big stripers and bluefish. However, Massachusetts is also home to some of the best stream trout fishing and big-water bass fishing in New England. There isn't enough time to do it all but it's certainly worth a try! Here are your top options for spring fishing in Massachusetts.
The end of winter is often an iffy proposition in Massachusetts, where ice and snow may persist till well into March. If ice remains on lakes and ponds early in the month a trip to Worcester and 772-acre Lake Quinsigamond is in order. Full of popular panfish species including yellow perch, bluegills and pickerel, there's plenty of public access and room to prospect for all of these, plus bass, trout, muskies and pike.
With ice-out comes open water angling, and all eyes turn to Quabbin Reservoir where the hopes of catching a record-class smallmouth bass keeps anglers coming back all season. A public water supply reservoir, Quabbin is closely monitored and regulated but shore fishing is allowed along with some restrictions on boat angling. Bass over 5 pounds are caught here with regularity, with some specimens edging the 10-pound mark.
May is tourist season on the Cape, but along with visitors from around the world come schools of striped bass that remain in the surf all summer and well into fall. The largest specimens (some over 50 pounds are caught annually) are usually taken after dark by surf-casters using eels, cut bait, tins and king-sized mackerel imitations. It's not necessary to cast a country mile; in fact, some of the biggest stripers of the season are taken just beyond the breakers, often just a few yards offshore.
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