Keep in mind that the listed water bodies below aren't the only places where big fish are found. Not all anglers submit their big catches to MassWildlife and big fish lurk in many other bodies of water! When available, links to a pond map or specific website are included.


There are two species of Bullheads in Massachusetts, Yellow and Brown.The Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program awards pins in one general Bullhead category.  

Best Bets for Bullheads
WaterbodyTownMassWildlife District
Ashumet PondFalmouth/MashpeeSoutheast District
Chicopee RiverN/AConnecticut Valley District
Forest LakeMethuenNortheast District
Great PondEasthamSoutheast District
John's PondMashpeeSoutheast District
Leonard's PondRochesterSoutheast District
Long PondLakevilleSoutheast District
Mary's PondRochesterSoutheast District
Mashpee-Wakeby PondMashpee/SandwichSoutheast District
Middle PondBarnstableSoutheast District
Mystic LakeBarnstableSoutheast District
New Bedford ReservoirAcushnetSoutheast District
Quabbin ReservoirN/AConnecticut Valley and Central District
Snipatuit PondRochesterSoutheast District
Spectacle PondSandwichSoutheast District
Tihonet PondWarehamSoutheast District

Channel Catfish

Only one waterbody is listed because the vast majority (87%) of Channel cat "pin fish" have come from the Connecticut River. There are at least 2 dozen other water bodies in the state where large fish have also been documented.

Best Bets for Channel Catfish
WaterbodyTownMassWildlife District
Connecticut RiverN/AConnecticut Valley District

White Catfish

Best Bets for White Catfish
WaterbodyTownMassWildlife District
Charles RiverN/ANortheast District
Coonamessett PondFalmouthSoutheast District
Jenkins PondFalmouthSoutheast District
Mashpee-Wakeby PondMashpeeSoutheast District
Merrimack RiverN/ANortheast District
Onota LakePittsfieldWestern District