Whether you are new to fishing or a seasoned angler, read on for some tips to enhance your trout fishing experiences in Massachusetts in 2021.
If you’re eager to get outside, trout fishing is a great way to relax and get some fresh air!
Where to fish
Looking for a new place to go fishing? Use MassWildlife’s Go Fish MA! digital fishing map to find places to fish near you! You can also explore trout-stocked waters or handicapped accessible fishing sites.
Enjoy Spring Trout Stocking:
MassWildlife staff will be stocking nearly 500,000, Brook trout, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, and Tiger trout across Massachusetts this spring. Stocking will begin in March, and over 75% of the trout will be over 12 inches! Find stocked waters near you.
How to Get a Fishing License:
For freshwater fishing:
- Kids under 15 can fish for free without a license.
- If you are 15 years of age or older, you need a license to fish, and licenses are free for residents 15–17 years of age, and those 70 and over.
- The easiest way to get a fishing license is on your smartphone or computer using the MassFishHunt online licensing system.
Sharpen your skills with online tutorials
Due to COVID-19, MassWildlife’s regular in-person Angler Education Programs have been put on hold. However, MassWildlife has been offering classes in a virtual format to help you continue to refine your fishing skills! Watch the recordings here:
All About Ice Fishing: MassWildlife Angler Education Coordinator Jim Lagacy gives his best tips for getting started ice fishing, including safety, gear, bait, and more. Jim demonstrates how to set a tip-up for ice fishing and how to check ice thickness.
Fall Trout Fishing Tips: MassWildlife Hatchery Manager Caleb Slater, Assistant Director of Fisheries Todd Richards, and Angler Education Coordinator Jim Lagacy talk all things trout in Massachusetts! They give important details about fall trout stocking, show you how to find trout-stocked waters near you, and offer fall trout fishing tips.
Finding Bass in Mass: Professional bass angler Gene Ellison joins MassWildlife staff and divulges some of his best tips for finding and catching bass. Jason Stolarski, MassWildlife Watershed Project Leader, talks about how he catches and studies bass and other fish in lakes and ponds across Massachusetts with fisheries sampling gear. Todd Richards, MassWildlife Assistant Director of Fisheries, demos some great online tools to help you find bass on your own.
Family Fishing Tips: Wondering what the right age is to introduce your kids to fishing, what bait you should use, or where to go? We’ve got you covered! MassWildlife Angler Education Coordinator Jim Lagacy and Communications Coordinator Emily Stolarski chat about tips and tricks for fishing with kids.
Get even more information with these helpful fishing tips and tutorials or visit the Angler Education calendar to register for upcoming virtual fishing courses.
Spending time outdoors can improve your physical and mental health during this difficult time. Fishing remains open across Massachusetts
Anglers are Reminded to Take Precautions to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid congregating in parking areas, on boat ramps, or along the shore.
- Find a fishing spot close to home.
- Avoid crowded areas and have a back-up plan if your usual spot is crowded.
- Don’t share a boat unless it is large enough to allow for social distancing.
Stay “in-the-know” About Big Catches
For more than 50 years, MassWildlife’s Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program has recognized anglers who catch exceptional freshwater fish across Massachusetts.
If you catch a trophy fish, you can submit it for an award; both catch-and-keep and catch-and-release categories are available.
You can also check out the Sportfishing Awards Leaderboard to see where the biggest fish have been caught so far this year.