Trophy Fish (hover over the pictures to see their location)
Trophy Locations (locations on particular lakes where I have had the most success)
Trophy Sectrets (locations I don't tell many people about and the best spots on them)
This 5 pounder was caught 20 feet off shore with a 5 inch black Swim Senko on a weightless Texas rig
This 3 pounder was caught 20 feet off shore with a 5 inch black Swim Senko on a weightless Texas rig
Choate Park in Medway, MA is good for shore fishing with the kids. You will catch small bass and sunfish here. The best places to fish are near the dam on the south side, and near the bridge on the north side. There is a playground and fields here to play at. Here is a fish caught by my son when he was 3. He was using a 5 inch black Swim Senko on a weightless Texas rig
This 3.25 pound large mouth I caught close to shore at the Ashland Reservoir with a 1/4 ounce Swim Jig with a black Swim Senko trailer
This 2.75 pound large mouth was caught between two small islands on the northwest side of Lake Whitehall with a 1/4 ounce Swim Jig with a black Swim Senko trailer
This 2.25 pound large mouth was caught from shore at Louisa Lake in Milford, MA with a 5 inch black Swim Senko on a weightless Texas rig. No motors allowed. It is a good place to shore fish with kids.
This 2.75 pound large mouth I caught close to shore with a 5 inch Swim Senko on a shaky head jig
This 2.75 pounder was caught in the shallows on a Zoom 4 inch Super Fluke Jr nose hooked on the Drop Shot
Here's my buddy weighing a 3 pounder caught 30 feet off shore with a 5 inch black Swim Senko on a weightless Texas rig
Here's a 2 pounder caught by my friend's son on a kids rig
This 150 acre pond has lunkers. Shore fishing is great here, although I found a used needle once. Still working on marking more good spots as I haven't fished here extensively yet. Between the boat ramp and pump house is a bridge where I'm told very large fish often swim near early in the morning around 6am. I'm also told fishing at dusk is productive, especially using top water baits. Carp congregate near the south side pump house. Electric motors are allowed. Public parking is on Dudley Road, and boat ramp only parking is located at 42.288091, -71.430187. Topographical map.
This is where I go if I want to catch big fish. I recommend a small bass boat/canoe/kayak, but there are some shore fishing spots around the lake too. Public parking and a boat ramp is located at 42.241651,-71.573144 with some parking on the south end at 42.213357,-71.580905. Haven't fished most of the north side of the lake yet. There is a 'no wake' rule in effect. 575 acres. Topographical map.
This is my favorite place to go. It is a beautiful area, and a very nice lake to spend time at. There is a rope swing on the island, a huge dam to fish and jump off of, and 4 beaches to stop at. You can shore fish at various spots along the 3 mile path that goes around the whole lake. There is public parking and a boat ramp for a small bass boat/canoe/kayak at 42.232249,-71.468725. There is a 12hp motor limit. 155 acres. Topographical map.
You can shore fish some areas but it is weedy, or use a small bass boat/canoe/kayak. There is street parking and the boat ramp is at 42.135447,-71.544046. There is a 10hp motor limit. Good for bass and pickerel. There are usually a lot of pre-drilled ice fishing holes. 95 acres. Topographical map.
This pond was extremely secluded until 2012. Unfortunately Weston Nurseries sold this farm land to developers and they started building within a few hundred feet of this location shortly thereafter. I call this place the 'Testbed' because as of 2012 if you don't catch a fish with a lure here it's stinkbait, throw it away. In a canoe/kayak I'll literally throw on 10 different lures and catch 10 fish. I have brought friends here in my canoe, who have never caught a fish before, and caught 20 bass in 4 hours, each! I have never caught anything bigger than 1.75 pounds here. You can shore fish, or bring a canoe/kayak. It can sometimes be muddy around the pond so beware, you may even have to park nearby the pond
if you have 2WD. Turn off Clinton St at 42.233152,-71.488767.
This Massachusetts Audobon property allows fishing because of the Great Pond Law. It is isolated and therefore has very low fishing pressure. The bite is active here, but not nearly as much for bass as it is for pickerel, and some are quite large. So don't go here unless you like catching pickerel. The southwest corner seems infested with them. Cast around pads with a Super Fluke or a Swim Senko, and use 1 foot of Seagar
The trail to the pond and parking for only a few cars is at 42.241242,-71.350010.
You'll need a canoe/kayak and it is around 1/4 of a mile walk to shore so be prepared to carry it or use a canoe cart.
I believe this pond underwent winterkill in 2011. Hopefully it recovers soon. Until then I would go elsewhere. There are multiple 3 pounders pictured in the trophy box from here and it needs to be said that after more than a decade of some of the best farm pond shore fishing it was dead in 2011. If anything new develops I'll post it. According to lore there is a 6 pound fish in here called 'Houdini'. If you still want to check it out know the 'Testbed' is nearby. Parking is at 42.235408,-71.490258.