Fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir starts Saturday

  • The 2017 fishing season for Quabbin Reservoir starts on Saturday, April 15. Along with shore fishing, a boat launch off Route 31 in New Salem can be used on opening day. Photo is from 2014. Recorder File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 4/13/2017 12:58:46 PM

NEW SALEM — The Quabbin Reservoir fishing season starts at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 15, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced.

There will be shore fishing with the addition of three boat launch sites that will be available for use beginning that day: one off Route 31 in New Salem, one off Route 32A in Hardwick and one off Route 202 in Belchertown.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is excited for another year of excellent outdoor recreational activities for individuals and their families to enjoy at the Quabbin Reservoir,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy in a press release.

The sites will be open seven days a week starting at 6 a.m. with the exception of the early start on April 15, throughout the entire season that runs until Oct 14.

You can purchase Quabbin season parking passes that include parking and launching fees at $50 for the year or $25 for seniors over 62 years old with proof of age and for individuals with handicap placards. You can also purchase a single day use to park a vehicle and/or trailer at $8 per day. Parking passes are available at all boat launch areas. Boat rentals are also available at each launch area on a first come-first serve basis for $40 a day with a $6 per vehicle parking fee.

All private boats that are launched on the reservoir must meet all regulations and must have an intact Boat Seal that affixes the boat to the trailer during transportation that will be taken off by DCR personal before launching. You can make an appointment through the Quabbin Visitor Center to have your boat inspected and decontaminated to acquire the seal. All boats, trailers and and/or vehicles must be attended to at all times and will be towed if left unattended.

The Quabbin Reservoir accommodates 27 species of fish, 17 of which are sought by anglers, and in spring the most commonly found species include lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, and white perch. For further information you can visit DCR’s website at www.mass.gov/dcr/quabbinfish or call the Quabbin Visitors Center at 413-323-7221.




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