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Posted By Rod Teehan, September 25, 2017
Quabbin Reservoir’s 2017 fishing season ends at 6:30 p.m. October 14. (Boats must be off the water by 5:00 p.m.) My longtime fishing partner, John Chrisant, and I closed-out our Quabbin season September 18, with a half-day trip out of Gate 31 in New Salem. Wish I could say we enjoyed a big finish at the Big Lady, but that didn’t happen. Together we caught 10 smallmouths and two largemouths. Not bad but not memorable. The big-water side of the baffle dam produced most of the bronzies including quite a few lost or missed ones, but they were mostly dinks in 8- to 12-inch range. Sunken stumps in the Moosehorn Brook sector yielded the biggest smallies (16.25 and 19.5 inches) and both largies, longest of which measured 16.75 inches. A 1/8-ounce white Mini-King spinnerbait accounted for many of the littlejaws while a 5-inch black Yum Dinger fooled the biggest bronzeback and both bucketyaps. Right now water level at Quabbin is way down. Conditions aren’t nearly as severe as they were during the ten-year drought of the 1960s, but they do appear similar to those of the shorter droughts of the early 1980s. Many coves are dry and rocky shorelines—usually submerged—are out of water. Without sufficient precipitation between now and Opening Day 2018, the situation will only worsen. We may even see the temporary closing of Gate 31 next year due to low or no water in the area, something that has happened in the past. Quite likely it will take a long time for the giant impoundment to refill. John and I are in our 70s. We’re beginning to wonder if we’ll ever see the reservoir full again.
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