It has diversified wildlife and some surprises. Less than five minutes drive through the forest lie some terrific spots to fish for the prolific Bream which fill the River Blavet. One morning observing the grasses moving in a unexplained fashion, I asked myself, "What's going on?" hide. The dam slowed the river and pounded it up until it picked up speed again at the Robin Hill Road Bridge. There is nothing to show. The main deep channel is hard to follow at high water with high brush, grass and the channel twisting under the power lines. The Wachusett Reservoir together with the Quabbin Reservoir provides the water supply for over forty cities and towns within the Commonwealth. High water would force you to push your way along and out. All anglers must comply with Massachusetts State fishing regulations See more ideas about kayak fishing, kayaking, river kayaking. Paddling lower into Hudson, you find slower warm water species as you move on to the Washington Street dam. I learned early that the center of the impoundment held some very large fish. I loved those early mornings, rain, shine and -- some years -- snow, working the bankings. This opens up to a marsh with many cuts in the river. Chain pickerel live in weedy areas along the Assabet. HOPKINTON: Hopkinton Reservoir, Sudbury River, Whitehall Reservoir HUDSON: Assabet River, Danforth Brook, Hog Brook IPSWICH: Bull Brook, Dow Brook, Ipswich River LEXINGTON: Lexington Reservoir LITTLETON: Beaver Brook LYNN: Sluice Pond … I fished the impoundment, canoed it, walked some of the shoreline, hunted waterfowl, and enjoyed the heron rookery. In the mornings, as the water warms, there is more stream life activity and then a dimple, a swirl, more action -- a wonderful sight. The river becomes deeper, a bit slower and winds around deep cuts to harbor trout. “People walk by the river every day and don’t give it a second thought. I even represented OAR in a show with Ron McAdow for a Chronicle Magazine TV show on the Concord, Sudbury and Assabet Rivers. But I still plan to go sometime! Local kids could almost always pick up a fish or two throughout the summer. OARS' work is possible because of the support we receive from our members. And also, while I do like to encourage fishing all over MA, and will reveal many good spots, there are certain places that I keep to myself. Popular species include Largemouth bass, Chain pickerel, and Black crappie. The steep cascade area located in the lower portion of the segment acts as a partial barrier for most anadromous fish, though some have been known to migrate beyond it. I’ve caught two dozen fish in a non-stop June evening, none of which weighed less than a pound and one of which dragged me 200yd downriver. -Barron Fishing Access Site: pier that provides fishing access to Puffer Pond. It was nice to have a quiet rainy afternoon, without the busy life. 1135 catches logged on Fishbrain. I live near a nice pond which has pretty good bass fishing, so I figured a float tube would be just the ticket. The A1/Nichols impoundment at the headwaters of the Assabet was created in 1969 by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. The Assabet had a great fishery in the '60s and '70s. Read on . 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The fish retreat back into feeder streams when the waters of the Assabet heat up. So if there is a river near you, that holds trout, it still could hold some trophy trout! Below the dam follows the Wachusett Reservoir rules. Popular species include Smallmouth bass, Lake trout, and Largemouth bass. At the "High Bridge," Bigelow Street/ Bridge Street (Berlin), you had your choices, up or down stream. Usually the rain collected enough in my canoe for a fish tank. If you are brave, you can go under Route 290 and all the way to Hudson (lots of big spiders under the bridge). The impoundment is the location of several fishing derbies, with pike and bass the targeted species. I culled fish by size, more pounds to the count! The hunt for the big bass at A1 left one frustrated. Ice fishermen are well represented in season. We have everything you will need to catch fish from Concord to Christchurch and beyond. I’ve cast size 22 gnats to 7lb trout in a river 50yd wide. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife stocks brook trout in the Assabet's tributaries, including the above-mentioned Elizabeth Brook, though there are existing natural populations. The Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers provide quality recreational opportunities near a large metropolitan center and serve as a drinking water supply in lower reaches. The Organization for the Assabet River (OAR) Non--profit dedicated to the profit dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Assabet River, its tributaries, and watershed. For the most part, the Assabet from here to the Concord River caters to the warm water species. I had never fished here, perhaps because it was unlike my idea of stream habitat for trout. The bank at low water can support a fisherman. Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to … Anyone had good luck there, or maybe further down where it feeds into the Concord River? Some timber left standing provided excellent habitat for a blue heron rookery. The Assabet River is a small river about 20 miles (30 km) west of Boston, Massachusetts. After the opening day crowd of fishermen had moved on, the serious ones owned the river. Although bull trout spawn in upstream portions of the Jarbidge River in Nevada, the designated segment contains bull trout over-wintering and migratory habitat. 472 catches logged on Fishbrain. The banking is firm and, shallower and you glide under a canopy of tree limbs in an Assabet so different you could be in another place. Once the dam went in, the trip was broken up. Alternate names for this stream include Assabeth River, Elizabeth River and Asabeth River. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! One afternoon I saw something swimming across a wide and deep area. If you park where River Road enters Wachusett, you can fish above or below the dam. or visit the Mass Wildlife Page for Fish Stocking Information and catch-and-release tips. All listed waters are stocked in the spring. Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. San Juans, Eggs, Black/Olive Woolly Buggers, small pheasant tails, Caddis and midges are the flies of choice. Fishing is only allowed from the two fishing piers. They retreated into sheltered pockets, springs and feeder streams to weather out the hots and then were there for the fall. Alternate Fishing Times: 12:00AM to 12:00AM, and 12:00AM to 12:00AM. After they stopped stocking the Assabet in 1975, these streams in Northborough and Berlin still provided the upper Assabet with trout. The Assabet had a great fishery in the '60s and '70s. Hudson/Stow Marlborough There is rapid water from the Candle Factory to Yelleck's meadow. A stop over on the river banking, a sandwich, cold drink and maybe a short nap in the sun- it doesn't get much better! Popular species include Largemouth bass, Chain pickerel, and Northern pike. 2478 catches logged on Fishbrain. The significant historical and literary features of the region led to a Wild and Scenic River designation and serve to attract visitors to the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers. 5 catches logged on Fishbrain. Some of these are small rivers, so I noted if a 12-14 inch trout has been caught there. On Friday morning, Andy Bonzagni of Concord Outfitters and a group of local anglers released 450 brown trout in a section of the Assabet River between the Mill and the dam by the Acton line. Middle May, warm and rainy, was the best time with few (if any) people on the river and plenty of fish. Largemouth bass thrive in the Assabet Reservoir and in the calm waters before Hudson. This is again trout habitat with sheltered banks, sandy bottom and undulating grasses harboring nymphs and trout. Back they went. A collage of video clip clips taken from four quick journeys of buddies and I focusing on mirror carp and They retreated into sheltered pockets, springs and feeder streams to … The river flows over and around many rocks, through pools and over one waterfall approximately 20-feet high. You may catch a bass, a crappie or a pickerel. The pier is located off of the Puffer Pond trail; please park at the Carbary trailhead a half-mile north of the Visitor Center. Nov 22, 2015 - Explore Assabet River Kayaks's board "Assabet River Kayaks" on Pinterest. Once we enter the old "Volkswagen pool" [the VW is no longer there], we're more at home and early fishing picks up. 127 catches logged on Fishbrain. Enjoyed the great info! IMO, the stretch above the dam at Wachusett at the end of River Road in West Boylston, and the confluence of Trout Brook and the Quinapoxet in Holden, are two of the better spots. We are working to protect and restore the Assabet. We stock a wide range of fly fishing products that are tested and trusted by our expert team. The water is slower and one gets pickerel and bass, warm water species. Danforth and Hog brooks in Hudson, Assabet Brook (Elizabeth Brook) in Stow, and Nashoba Brook in Concord provide refuge for trout. In addition to Bream you can expect, depending on bait, tactics, and season, to find Roach, Perch, and the occasional Pike and Zander, Chub, and trout. Looking for more spots to try, Marlborough is pretty close to me in Lowell compared to the Niss/Squanicook, or Swift and figured it might be worth exploring as the weather warms a little early this week. Usually I moved quickly through the area between the NE Skating Rink on Bigelow Street and River Street in Berlin to more friendly sections. To land a large fish you had to use light saltwater equipment -- or broom handles and clothes line -- and pray to the fish-god that the big one would come to net. For local knowledge on fly fishing and to learn about local brown trout stocking efforts, visit Concord Outfitters. Assabet River. We will stock the Assabet again this Spring and fishing will stay productive until the water temperature starts to rise. I usually carried my canoe in at Brigham (~75 yds), where the golf driving range is. Canoeing downstream from Bigelow Street early in fast waters you enter a slower shaded area. The river is coming back. The river provides excellent spawning habitat for anadromous fish throughout the segment. Here, town-by-town, are some of Larry's favorite fishing spots and fish stories. I had heard of trout feeding on snails in Arizona, but I had never seen it firsthand. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. . Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and will help you get what your looking for, from fly fishing gear to our curated selection of lifestyle clothing. Along the Assabet itself, my favorite spots were from the old Candle Factory at Hudson Street at the Wachusett Aqueduct down to Boundary Street (Marlborough). report. Hopefully people will be more conscious about pouring motor oil in the sewer.” From Stow down to the Ben Smith Dam is large water with lots of areas to fish. As the sun came on stronger, with the aid of Polaroid glasses, I could see trout grazing on snails feeding in the grasses. The pool at 290 always held trout if they were at all in the river-good fishing. I’ve had some good days, and have managed to catch rainbows, bookies, and even a brown. . By visiting this site, you agree to our cookie policy. Popular species include Largemouth bass. You'll find warm water species with early exceptions at Assabet Brook. Sudbury Reservoir. 119 catches logged on Fishbrain. There's no reviews here yet. Popular species include Largemouth bass, Chain pickerel, and Pumpkinseed. share. . This Article needs additional citations for verification. NORTHBOROUGH — Hudson High junior Christen Caragian goes fishing with her father, but would prefer he keep his catches to himself. No Activity Yet. Berlin/ Marlborough Winter Fishing the Assabet River. There was no question of catch and release. This is the second-straight year of stocking Assabet River for the folks at Concord Outfitters, an outdoor apparel and fly-fishing shop in West Concord, who stocked the river with 450 fish a few … I’ve hit the Assabet river a couple times, and the pond at the club. You can walk the banking on the Hillside School side or canoe to Route 290. Past the Route 495 bridge, fishing again picks up to where the river makes a sharp turn and runs parallel to the old railroad bridge/weir on River and Brigham Streets. Carp Fishing the Assabet River in Massachusetts. Bold waters are stocked in spring and fall. Popular species include Largemouth bass. Join us as we discuss the Massachusetts Fishing License options, fishing rules and fishing regulations. Jarbidge River bull trout are important because they occupy a unique and unusual semi-arid desert ecological setting, and their loss would result in a substantial modification of the species' range. Northborough Fishing is peaking and should be spectacular for several more weeks. 3 catches logged on Fishbrain. A fish on the line was brief. Popular species include Largemouth bass, Chain pickerel, and Pumpkinseed. The most popular species caught here are Rainbow trout, Summer flounder, and Largemouth bass 24 catches are logged on Fishbrain. 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