The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) has some handy resources to help you find your new favorite fishing hole. You can search based on location, get pond information, and find out if a site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
There are no fees to fish in most places in Massachusetts, but most people do need to buy a freshwater fishing license. If you plan to go fishing at a state park, or a town-run pond, you may need to pay for parking.
View pond maps
MassWildlife's pond maps provide approximate boundaries and depths of ponds and lakes with public access. You can view a list of pond maps, or pick a pond based on its location. Each map also has general information about the pond, including the types of fish you can find there.
Check the trout stocking report
Go to Mass.gov/Trout to find out where the trout are! Choose from the list view or map view to see where MassWildlife has stocked trout. The stocking report is updated daily during the spring and fall.
Find boat ramps and fishing piers
You can find waterbodies with boat ramps or fishing piers maintained by the state. Search by town or waterbody name, or click on a location on the map for information and directions.
Find accessible fishing spots
Make sure that you and everyone you're with can get around with ease. Check a list of fishing platforms that are accessible to people with disabilities.
The Quabbin, Wachusett, and Sudbury reservoirs supply drinking water and have special regulations. Make sure you review their guidelines before you visit:
Fishing in state parks and forests
You can fish in more than 100 state parks. Many of these locations have ramps, shorelines, and piers that are accessible to people with disabilities. Search to find which ones are near you. Most offer freshwater fishing, although some offer saltwater fishing.