Only artificial lures may be used in Catch & Release areas. Possession of bait is prohibited. In designated Fly Fishing Areas, all anglers must use a conventional fly rod and fly line.

Catch & Release Areas
DistrictWaterwayTownDirectionsSpecial Regulations
CentralMillers RiverRoyalston / AtholFrom railroad bridge in South Royalston to dam in Athol 
Connecticut ValleyMillers RiverOrange / ErvingFrom Wendell Rd Bridge in Orange to bridge in Erving Center 
Connecticut ValleySwift RiverBelchertownDam Section: From Winsor Dam downstream to Rte. 9Rte 9 Section: From Rte 9 downstream to Cady LaneFly Fishing Only . All anglers must use a conventional fly rod and fly line. Year round Catch & Release. Call DCR for more information (413) 323-7221Catch & release, artificial lures only. (July 1-December 31)
NortheastNissitissitPepperellFrom the NH border downstream to the Prescott Street BridgeFly Fishing Only. All anglers must use a conventional fly rod and fly line.
SoutheastQuashnet RiverFalmouth / MashpeeFrom the outlet of John's Pond to the MassWildlife sign approximately .1 mile south of Rte. 28 
SoutheastRed BrookPlymouth / Wareham / BourneFrom the outlet of White Island Pond to the inlet of Buttermilk Bay 
WesternUpper Deerfield RiverFlorida / RoweFife Brook Dam to Hoosac Tunnel 
WesternLower Deerfield RiverCharlemontFrom Pelham Brook to Mohawk Campground 
WesternHousatonic RiverLeeFrom the Rte 20 Bridge in Lee downstream to the Willow Mill Dam in South LeeNo Fishing from June 15 - Aug 15 within 100 feet from the mouths of posted tributaries: Beartown Brook, Goose Pond Brook and Hop Brook
WesternHousatonic RiverStockbridgeFrom the Glendale Dam downstream to the Railroad bridgeNo Fishing from June 15-Aug 15 within 100 feet from the mouth of posted tributary: Hop Brook
WesternWestfield RiverChesterfield / HuntingtonImmediately below Chesterfield Gorge parking lot in Chesterfield to the gate north of the Corps of Engineers parking lot at Knightville in Huntington