As a resident of Massachusetts I have found MA waters have much to offer ice fisherman (or woman). From the Berkshires in the west to the North Shore near Boston you will find ice fishing in Massachusetts as varied and the waters on which you fish. Lakes and ponds feature northern pike, native and stocked trout, large and smallmouth bass, pickerel, perch and sunfish. Bait and tackle shops can be found in most fishing areas and feature friendly, knowledgeable info and merchandise. Most weekends you’ll find a tournament or two usually in support of a local Boys or Girls Club or other civic organization.
Ice fishing in Massachusetts. can start as early as mid-November and as late as January. Typically, mid-December guarantees 4-5 inches of ice for safe fishing. True to the New England adage “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” You could find yourself witnessing a beautiful sunrise, skies turning cloudy that lead to blizzard-like conditions, only to find yourself shedding layers because it’s suddenly warm and sunny again. One of my best fishing days began at 4:00AM with 15 degree weather, driving 1 and ½ hours to one of my favorite spots to find even colder temps with 25 MPH winds and a wind chill well below zero. The day resulted in a bonanza of fishing with several pickerel, bass, perch and four beautiful brown trout which we promptly prepared and feasted on for lunch.
In addition to the fishing, the state offers some of the best scenery in New England. Picturesque small towns overflowing with hospitality seem like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting. In fact, Stockbridge, MA in the Berkshires is home to the Norman Rockwell museum.
Whether you’re a newcomer or a hardcore dedicated ice fisherman (or woman) Mass. has a spot for everyone and great memories to be made all season.