Freshwater Fishing in Massachusetts

Inland Fish of Massachusetts

View a list of Massachusetts fish in greatest need of conservation.

As identified in MassWildlife's State Wildlife Action Plan.

Visit a Massachusetts Fish Hatchery.

Hatcheries operated by MassWildlife are open to visitors in Belchertown, Montague, Sandwich, and Sunderland. Be advised that your visit will be self-guided. 

Effective January 1, 2012 New Law Prohibiting Certain Lead Jigs and Sinkers in Fresh Water

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) reminds all freshwater anglers that as of January 1, 2012, the use of any lead fishing sinkers and lead jigs weighing less than 1 ounce is now prohibited in all inland waters (freshwater) of the Commonwealth. More information and flyer for posting.

Zebra Mussels in Massachusetts

In July 2009, the presence of invasive zebra mussels was confirmed in Laurel Lake, Lee. Learn more about this invasive species.

Technical Report on Factors Affecting River Fish Communities (2011)

A new technical report Factors Influencing Riverine Fish Assemblages in Massachusetts about factors affecting the composition of river fish communities in Massachusetts streams has been recently published and is available at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Target Fish Community Technical Report (2009)

The Target Fish Community Technical Report pdf format of Target Fish Community Technical Report
file size 2MB, published by MassWildlife,  includes methods used in the Target Fish Community effort, describes river-specific results for 11 major mainstem rivers and conclusion on the effort. Please note that only a few hard copies are available.