Pickerel, pike and tiger muskies belong to the Esocids family of fish. These fish are especially popular with ice fishermen. The listing below is only a sampling of waters with big fish. There are many more waterbodies where "pin" fish can be hooked in Massachusetts. Not all anglers submit their big catches to MassWildlife and big fish lurk in many bodies of water!

Chain Pickerel

Best Bets for Chain Pickerel
WaterbodyTownMassWildlife District
Agawam RiverWarehamSoutheast District
Assawompset PondLakevilleSoutheast District
Buel LakeMontereyWestern District
Glen Charlie PondWarehamSoutheast District
Heard PondWaylandNortheast District
Johnson's PondGrovelandNortheast District
Long PondPlymouthSoutheast District
Long PondLakevilleSoutheast District
Mashpee-Wakeby PondMashpee/SandwichSoutheast District
Mill PondWarehamSoutheast District
Monponsett PondHalifaxSoutheast District
Norwich PondHuntingtonWestern District
Onota LakePittsfieldWestern District
Otis ReservoirOtisWestern District
Pearl LakeWrenthamNortheast District
Quaboag/Quacumquasit PondsBrookfieldCentral District
Raccoon PondCarverSoutheast District
Snipatuit PondRochesterSoutheast District
Stockbridge BowlStockbridgeWestern District
Tispaquin PondMiddleboroughSoutheast District
Wequaquet LakeBarnstableSoutheast District
White Island PondPlymouthSoutheast District
Winnecunnet PondNortonSoutheast District

Northern Pike

Best Bets for Northern Pike
WaterbodyTownMassWildlife District
Buel LakeMontereyWestern District
Charles RiverN/ANortheast District
Cheshire ReservoirCheshireWestern District
Cochituate LakeNatickNortheast District
Concord River/Heard PondWaylandNortheast District
Connecticut RiverN/AConnecticut Valley District
French RiverN/ACentral District
Hamilton ReservoirHollandConnecticut Valley District
Onota LakePittsfieldWestern District
Pontoosuc LakePittsfieldWestern District
Quaboag/Quacumquasit PondsBrookfieldCentral District
Sudbury RiverN/ANortheast District
Webster LakeWebsterCentral District
Wequaquet LakeBarnstableSoutheast District

Tiger Muskellunge

Best Bets for Tiger Muskellunge
WaterbodyTownMassWildlife District
Chauncey LakeWestboroughCentral District
Woods Pond/Housatonic RiverLenoxWestern District
Pontoosuc LakePittsfieldWestern District
Quinsigamond LakeShrewsbury/WorcesterCentral District
Spy PondArlingtonNortheast District