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Wachusett Reservoir, MA

Popular Fish Species Wachusett Reservoir, MA

Wachusett Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Big, smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Wachusett Reservoir, as they are plentiful and easy to catch, once located. The best time to catch smallies here is Mat through September. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime you locate them shallow - in spring, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Wachusett Reservoir Popular Fish - Lake Torut

Lake Trout Fishing

Fishing for lake trout in Wachusett Reservoir is often very rewarding, plus the fish are not only plentiful, but grow to bragging size. The best months to catch lake trout here are from April through November. These large trout can be caught from as shallow as 15 to 30 feet in Spring and Fall, to as deep as 150 feet or more during Summer and Winter. It is a monumental help to use fish finders, or other electronics to help in locating these roaming schools of lake trout. They feed on baitfish, so jigs rigged to imitate their prey often work well straight down under the boat. Trolling with numerous set-ups can also produce good catches.

Wachusett Reservoir Popular Fish - White Perch

White Perch Fishing

Wachusett Reservoir continues to have a very healthy population of white perch, which have been a mainstay in the fishery for decades. White perch are great table fare, and are a food source for many predator fish in the lake as well. Fishing for white perch is simple, their primary diet consists of minnows and other small fish, insects and worms. White perch tend to gather in small groups and hang out on relatively deep structure, near cover and/or drop-offs. Use a small hook and sinker. Bait a small hook with minnows, worms or small jigs using 6 to 10 pound line. They make for an excellent fish fry, are a food source for many of the larger predator fish in the lake.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon and chain pickerel at Wachusett Reservoir in Massachusetts.

Nestled between Worcester and Clinton lies Wachusett Reservoir, a 4,100-acre lake with 37 miles of shoreline. Fishing for bass, sunfish, perch, trout, crappie, salmon and pike are all popular at this reservoir in the east-central part of the state.

Wachusett Reservoir Fishing Video

Wachusett Reservoir, located in central Massachusetts, is not only a major drinking water supply for the greater Boston area but also a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. This 4,135-acre reservoir offers anglers a unique fishing experience with its diverse fish species and stunning natural surroundings.

One of the popular fish species found in Wachusett Reservoir is landlocked Atlantic salmon. Anglers are drawn to the reservoir for the opportunity to catch these prized game fish. Landlocked salmon can be targeted using trolling techniques with spoons, flies, or live bait. The deep, cold waters of the reservoir provide ideal conditions for these acrobatic and hard-fighting fish to thrive.

Another sought-after species in Wachusett Reservoir is brown trout. These highly prized trout offer anglers a thrilling challenge. Brown trout can be caught using various techniques, such as fly fishing, casting with spinners, or trolling with plugs. The reservoir's deep water, rocky shorelines, and abundant forage provide excellent habitat for brown trout to grow to impressive sizes.

Wachusett Reservoir also supports populations of other fish species, including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and yellow perch. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass can be targeted using casting techniques with artificial lures or live bait, while yellow perch can be caught using jigging techniques or bait fishing. These fish species offer additional angling opportunities for those exploring the reservoir's waters.

Anglers visiting Wachusett Reservoir should be aware of fishing regulations and obtain the appropriate licenses and permits. It's important to follow catch limits, size restrictions, and any specific rules in place to protect the fish populations and maintain the reservoir's ecological balance.

With its unique fish species, stunning landscapes, and serene atmosphere, Wachusett Reservoir offers anglers a remarkable fishing experience in Massachusetts. Whether it's targeting landlocked salmon, pursuing brown trout, or casting for other popular fish species, Wachusett Reservoir provides a tranquil and memorable angling adventure amidst the natural wonders of the area.

Access for fishing is limited to the following areas: Route 70 via Gates 6 to 16, Route 140 via Gates 17 to 24, Route 12/110 via Gates 25 to 35 and West Boylston via Thomas Basin. Fishing is not allowed from any other areas. Boating is not allowed on Wachusett Lake. Camping, lodging, convenience stores and restaurants are all available nearby.

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Primary fish species residing in Wachusett Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish White Perch Yellow Perch Atlantic salmon Chain pickerel

Wachusett Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: NO
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Guides On Wachusett Reservoir

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Fishing License

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Boating is allowed on Wachusett Reservoir, but it is strictly regulated to protect the drinking water supply. Anglers are required to obtain a special boating permit and adhere to specific regulations and restrictions. Only non-motorized boats, such as canoes and kayaks, are allowed, ensuring a peaceful and serene fishing experience on the reservoir.

Camping is not permitted directly on Wachusett Reservoir due to its protected status as a drinking water source. However, nearby state parks and campgrounds, such as Wachusett Mountain State Reservation and Leominster State Forest, offer camping options for those looking to extend their fishing trips. These facilities provide amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and hiking trails, allowing anglers and their families to fully enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Holden Forestry Campground - 508 829-0276

Wachusett Reservoir MA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Wachusett Reservoir
Clinton Parks & Recreation
560 High St
Clinton, MA 01510
978 365-4140


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