Massachusetts freshwater fish records

MassWildlife keeps records of the biggest fish caught in Massachusetts’ waters that have public access. Check out the record holders for both catch and keep and catch and release categories.

Massachusetts freshwater catch & keep records

Anglers who believe they have broken a state record must present their fish in its entirety (whole) to qualified fisheries personnel at MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough or at any of the five MassWildlife District offices.

Species Lbs. Oz. Length Water Angler Year
American Shad 11 4 32 Connecticut River Bob Thibodo 1986
Bowfin 8 1 27 Taunton River David Souza 2017
Bowfin 8 1 27 Taunton River Jake Souza 2017
Broodstock Salmon 22 15 36 Mattawa Lake, Orange Donald Savoy 1997
Brook Trout 10 0 23 Ashfield Lake, Ashfield Peter Harand 2008
Brown Trout 19 10 31 Wachusett Reservoir Dana Deblois 1966
Bullhead 6 4 23 Forest Lake, Methuen Roger Aziz, Jr. 2008
Carp 46 5 42 Quinsigamond Lake, Shrewsbury Shane Felch 2012
Chain Pickerel 9 5 NA Laurel Lake, Lee Mrs. James Martin 1954
Channel Catfish 26 8 35 Ashfield Lake, Ashfield Dana Dodge 1989
Crappie 4 10 NA Jake's Pond, Plymouth James Crowley 1980
Lake Trout 25 7 33 Quabbin Reservoir William Roy 2016
Landlocked Salmon 10 2 29 Wachusett Reservoir Richard Gagne 1985
Largemouth Bass 15 8 28 Sampson Pond, Carver Walter Bolonis 1975
Northern Pike 35 0 47 Quacumquasit Pond, Brookfield Don Greenwood, Jr. 1988
Rainbow Trout 13 13 28 Wachusett Reservoir Jeffrey Greco 1999
Smallmouth Bass 8 2 22 Wachusett Reservoir Barbara Sasen 1991
Sunfish 2 1 12 South Athol Pond, Athol Heather Bulger 1982
Tiger Muskellunge 27 0 46 Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield James Lambert 2001
Tiger Trout 9 7 26 Peter's Pond, Sandwich Michael Shelton 2004
Walleye 11 0 30 Quabbin Reservoir Robert Methot 1973
White Catfish 9 3 26 Baddacook Pond, Groton Michael Payne 1987
White Perch 3 8 18 Wachusett Reservoir Val Percuoco 2016
Yellow Perch 2 12 17 South Watuppa Pond, Fall River James O'Conner 1979

 

Massachusetts freshwater catch & release records

Be sure to follow the rules for measuring and photographing your fish to be eligible.

Species Length Water Angler Year
American Shad 25.00 Connecticut River, Holyoke Mark Mohan, Jr. 2015
Bowfin 28.00 Connecticut River, Easthampton Reinaldo Bonilla 2015
Brook Trout 18.25 Swift River, Ware Brian McQuillan 2016
Brown Trout 28.00 Onota Lake, Pittsfield John Lander 2016
Bullhead 20.25 Lower Artichoke Reservoir, Newbury Roger Aziz, Jr. 2016
Carp 41.00 Connecticut River, Chicopee Dean Brookes 2015
Chain Pickerel 28.00 Pleasant Pond, Wenham Justin Mazzotta 2016
Channel Catfish 31.00 Connecticut River, Hatfield Richard Banasieski 2016
Crappie 16.50 Indian Lake, Worcester Colin Duarte 2016
Crappie 16.50 Connecticut River, Greenfield Jeff Magnon 2016
Lake Trout 31.00 Quabbin Reservoir Richard Steinbock 2016
Landlocked Salmon 26.50 Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston Michael Nee 2016
Largemouth Bass 24.00 White Island Pond, Plymouth Nicholas Christmas 2016
Northern Pike 43.00 Onota Lake, Pittsfield Jeffrey Klammer 2015
Rainbow Trout 24.00 Long Pond, Plymouth Mark Mohan, Jr. 2016
Smallmouth Bass 22.50 Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston Michael Nee 2015
Smallmouth Bass 22.50 Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston Marc Mahoney 2016
Sunfish 12.00 Quabbin Reservoir Matthew Menard 2016
Tiger Muskellunge        
Tiger Trout 22.00 Long Pond, Plymouth Frank Goncalves 2015
Walleye 27.75 Connecticut River, Gill Jeffrey Lapinski 2016
White Catfish 26.50 Connecticut River, Turners Falls Benjamin Halkett 2015
White Perch 16.50 Wachusett Reservoir, West Boylston Vinny Percuoco 2016
Yellow Perch 16.50 Coonamessett Pond, Falmouth Peter Brundrett 2015
Yellow Perch 16.50 Long Pond, Plymouth Mark Mohan, Jr. 2016

 

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