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Jerry in Milford

April 15, 2024 - 09:17:59

After telling us about good fishing for recently stocked trout at Hopkinton Reservoir, Ashland Reservoir, Pratt Pond, Louisa Lake, Whitehall Reservoir, Stall Brook in Bellingham, and Hopping Brook in Medway/Holliston, Rick in Milford talked at length about the exciting lake trout action at Wachusett Reservoir. Big numbers of big lakers—8,10, 12, 15 pounds and up—are being caught, most within 30 yards of shore, and many on shiners, Kastmasters, and jigs including at least one huge forkie on a jig ‘n pig intended for smallmouths. No one is predicting how long the action will remain extraordinary; but the Chu’s water is still frigid, so the lakers could stay close to shore for a while. (As of April 12 the biggest lake trout entered in the Adult Release-Catch Division of the 2024 Massachusetts Sportfishing Awards Program is a 39-incher from Wachusett Reservoir. The 2024 fishing season at Wachusett Reservoir began April 6.)

April 08, 2024 - 10:53:08

Reporting from Milford, Jerry mentioned hearing from numerous friends that Lake Mattawa in Orange received a slug of trophy-class brown trout. Closer to home, hot spots for stocked trout have been Pratt Pond, Louisa Lake, and Uncas Pond, and one of last week’s nicest stockies was a “fat-as-it-was-long” rainbow caught by Caleb at Louisa Lake. Wind has been “horrendous,” but fishermen who have been putting in their time and working hard are catching fish. A few fellows have been bass fishing. Best bass report came from Connor and his buddy who logged largies scaling 5 pounds and a 6+ pounds while kayak fishing Lackey Dam. One of the bucketyaps struck a topwater lure. There was also word of a potential C&R record laker from Wachusett.