For Immediate Release - June 08, 2010

Completion of Recreational Fishing Platforms at Cheshire Reservoir

CHESHIRE - June 8, 2010 - With the official start of summer less than two weeks away, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin today announced the completion of four shore-fishing platforms and paved pathways between the fishing stations at town property on the Cheshire Reservoir.

The $55,000 project, led by DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access, provides handicapped accessible fishing access at the edge of the Cheshire Reservoir, also known as Hoosac Lake and Cheshire Lake. The site is on town property on Farnam's Causeway between the middle and north sections of the reservoir. Construction was recently completed by RDA Construction of Canton, supervised by staff from the Office of Fishing and Boating Access.

"Cheshire Reservoir offers very good fishing for largemouth bass, northern pike, chain pickerel, yellow perch and black crappie, and this project greatly enhances the shore fishing opportunities," said Commissioner Griffin. "I would like to thank the town of Cheshire for working with us on this project and for managing this site and our boat ramp facility located on the northeast side of the lake."

DFG also has a boat ramp facility with parking for 10 vehicles and boat trailers located on town property on the northeast side of the reservoir off Route 8. The town of Cheshire handles day-to-day management of both the boat access facility and the fishing platforms.

The DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access completed 18 fishing and boating access projects around the Commonwealth over the past year. DFG oversees public boat access sites, shore fishing areas and sport fishing piers open to the public at more than 275 locations throughout Massachusetts.

"Cheshire Lake has always been a fishing destination for area sportsmen, especially this particular causeway," said Mark Jester, president of the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen. "This is a project that will not only make a good fishing spot a great fishing spot, it will also allow families to safely enjoy some of the best fresh water fishing in western Massachusetts."