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Posted By Rod Teehan, October 9, 2017
In October and continuing into November landlocked salmon run out of Wachusett Reservoir into the Quinapoxet River. Mixed in are rainbow, brown, and brook trout. On occasion even a few lake trout show up. While these fish can be caught anywhere along the lower river, the best spot is the area just below the pump house where water is pumped in from Quabbin Reservoir. The swift, cold flow below the dam attracts and holds the fish. A dillie or night crawler drifted along bottom entices them. Many of the salmon are decent specimens in the 15- to 20-inch range, but every year bigger leapers are also banked. Trout sizes can be downright impressive. In October, 2016, for instance, local anglers Ed Manning and Ryan Foden took browns scaling 4.5 pounds and 9 pounds, 3 ounces respectively from the fast water below the pump house. Eddie, the fellow who provides us with weekly Wachusett Reservoir/Quinapoxet River fishing reports, bagged a 3.75-pound rainbow there the same month. I’m not familiar with this fishing, so I can’t really help that much. Eddie is the man with whom you should speak. His shop (B&A Bait) is located on Route 12 in West Boylston, Massachusetts, just a short drive from the Route 12 causeway at Wachusett Reservoir. Something I’ve learned from Eddie is that the fishing is usually better early in the morning before heavy angling pressure is applied. Stop in and talk to Eddie, though. He can give you a lot more information. You might want to phone him in advance of making a trip. His number is 508-835-4558.
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