Guide To Walleye Fishing In Massachusetts
Walleye fishing in Massachusetts offers anglers the opportunity to target this prized species known for its delicious flesh and exciting fishing experience. While not as abundant as in some other regions, there are several lakes and rivers in the state where walleye can be found.
One popular destination for walleye fishing in Massachusetts is the Connecticut River. This iconic river stretches through the state, offering anglers a chance to catch walleye in its deeper pools and runs. The Connecticut River holds a good population of walleye, and anglers often target them using techniques such as jigging, trolling with crankbaits, or casting with live bait.
Another notable location for walleye fishing is the Quabbin Reservoir. Known primarily for its trout fishing, Quabbin Reservoir is also home to a healthy population of walleye. Anglers can target these fish by trolling with deep-diving crankbaits or vertical jigging near submerged structures.
While the state records for walleye in Massachusetts may not reach the sizes seen in other walleye-rich areas, there have been notable catches over the years. Anglers can refer to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website for the latest state records and keep track of notable catches.
It's worth noting that walleye populations in Massachusetts are managed carefully, and there may be specific regulations in place for size limits, catch-and-release practices, and designated fishing seasons. It's essential for anglers to stay informed about these regulations and obtain the necessary fishing licenses before targeting walleye.
Although walleye fishing in Massachusetts may require some extra effort, the opportunity to catch these prized fish is well worth it. With the right techniques, knowledge of productive spots, and adherence to fishing regulations, anglers can enjoy the challenge and rewards of walleye fishing in the lakes and rivers of Massachusetts.
Walleye Fishing Lakes In MA
Long Pond, The Merrimac River and the Connecticut Rivers are the main waters in MA for catching walleye. Quabbin Reservoir is where the state record walleye was caught, however stockings were discontinued some time ago.
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Top lures for walleye in Massachusetts
Jigs with a variety of trailers and bait work well in virtually any depth water. When walleyes are shallow, spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and rip baits are the often very productive. As they move deeper, ice jigs and spoons are ideal for active walleye. Understanding the seasonal movements of walleyes can enhance your chances of selecting the right lures for conditions on local waters.
Massachusetts State Walleye, Sauger & Saugeye Records
The state record walleye was caught out of Quabbin Reservoir.
Fishing For Walleye
This toothy fish will eat virtually anything it can catch and get in its mouth. They prefer small fish and will eat crustaceans, worms and insects. They tend to be somewhat wary and prefer the safety of deeper darker water. Trolling for walleye with deep diving crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinners and live bait provides a way to cover vast areas and locate concentrations of fish. Use of planer boards allows anglers to cover water out both sides of the boat while trolling. Try fishing for walleye from sundown to midnight, particularly during the heat of summer.
Walleye prefer moderately deep lakes with gravel, rock or sandy bottoms. It is found primarily in cold water lakes but has proven to survive in warmer impoundments. It is prized for its great tasting filets. Click here to learn all about walleye fishing.
Massachusetts walleye spawn in spring and when they have the option will choose to migrate from the lake up into feeder streams to spawn. If this option is not available they seek out shallow bars or shoals with clean bottom surfaces near deep water.
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Learn the migration patterns of walleye
Walleye become active in spring and begin the spawning process in medium-depth water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall walleye migrate into shallower water again and feed aggressively preparing for their move to deeper water where they will spend winter.