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Where to Fish and Hunt in Massachusetts

With hundreds of beautiful ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams as well as 1,500 miles of coastline, Massachusetts anglers have endless possibilities. Hunters can explore Wildlife Management Areas and other public lands, opportunities also exist for hunting on some municipal and private lands.

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Where to fish in fresh water

Use the web maps and resources below to find your next fishing spot.

go fish ma fishing map

Go Fish MA!
Plan your next fishing trip with MassWildlife's Go Fish MA! interactive map. Find boat ramps, trout stocked waters, pond and lake summaries, and digital depth information—plus over 100 featured fishing sites that offer easy access to great fishing. Launch map now!

mass.gov/trout

Trout stocking report
MassWildlife stocks trout in lakes, ponds, and rivers every spring and fall. The trout stocking report is updated daily during that time. Search for a waterbody or town using the sortable list, or search the map for new fishing spots. Go to Mass.gov/Trout to see where the trout are!

Where to fish in salt water

Boat ramps, piers, and shore-side fishing areas
With more than 1,500 miles of coastline, Massachusetts offers a variety of places to fish. This OFBA Boat Ramp Viewer lists boat launches, boat ramps, fishing piers, and shore-side fishing areas in both saltwater and freshwater. All anglers should know their public access rights along the shoreline.

Artificial reefs
Get information and view maps of artificial reef locations.

Fishing charters and headboats
Visit the Massachusetts Recreational Saltwater Fishing Guide for a directory of for-hire vessels.

Where to hunt

Use the links below to help understand your options for hunting on different types of properties. With some research at home and outdoor scouting time, you can find a spot that’s perfect for you!

masswildlife lands viewer

Explore WMAs
Use the MassWildlife Lands Viewer to get digital maps of Wildlife Management Areas across Massachusetts. You can toggle to a satellite view or find your location in real time as you walk a property. WMA property boundaries are updated throughout the year as new lands are acquired. Open Lands Viewer now.

pheasant stocked locations in massachusetts

Pheasant stocking locations
Every year, MassWildlife stocks about 40,000 ring-necked pheasants statewide on many Wildlife Management Areas and other lands that are open to hunting. Go to Mass.gov/Pheasant to see where stocking happens.

Click the link above for a complete listing of where-to-hunt resources, including hunting in state parks, municipal and federal lands, and private property. 

 

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