Wachusett Reservoir

Details

Location:
Worcester, MA
United States United States
Coordinates:
42.3811, -71.7345
Depth (average):
48 Feet
Depth (max):
129 Feet
Distance:
4,135 Acres
Description:

Located slightly northeast of Worcester in the towns of West Boylston, Boylston, Clinton and Sterling, Wachusett Reservoir stretches 8.4 miles in length, covers 6.5 square miles (4,135 acres) and is bordered by 37 miles of shoreline. The maximum depth is 129 feet and the average depth is 45 feet. Shoreline fishing in designated areas is allowed, but absolutely no boats may be put on the reservoir and no ice fishing is allowed. Aside from numerous tributary streams, there are three main sources feeding the reservoir. Two moderate size rivers, the Quinapoxet and Stillwater, empty into western cove known as the Thomas Basin. The remaining major source of water is Quabbin Reservoir, connected to Wachusett Reservoir via an underground aqueduct emptying near the mouth of the Quinapoxet River. Access is available off of Routes 12, 140, 110 and 70. Note, however, that this map is outdated. The “no fishing” zone now stretches to the vicinity of Gate 6 on the Route 70 side of the reservoir, NOT Gate 3 as it appears on this map. The reservoir is normally open to fishing from April 1 through November 30, but anglers should check with the Wachusett Office of the MDC (tel. 978-365-3272) if ice is present.

Fish Populations: The fish populations in Wachusett have been routinely monitored for the past several decades and the management plan is now being revised and updated. Four salmonid species inhabit the reservoir: lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and landlocked salmon. The rainbows and browns are escapees from the put and take fisheries in Wachusett’s tributaries.

Smelt are the vital forage fish in this water. It appears the lake trout population has recently outgrown this forage base, resulting in reduced growth rates and large numbers of lakers fewer than 20 inches. Many larger, older fish are still present, however. Landlocked salmon have done very well in recent years, and many fish in the 3-4 pound class are now available to anglers. Other gamefish present include smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and chain pickerel, with smallmouth bass considerably more abundant than the latter two fishes. Panfish such as yellow perch, white perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, rock bass, yellow bullhead and brown bullhead compose the panfish.

Cover/Structure:

Coves, ledges, channels, outlets.

Spot Access:
Parking (car/truck), Picnic Area, Shore fishing access
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Map

Map for 42.3811, -71.7345
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Fishing Reports

There are no reports for this fishing spot.

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Rockbass-240-fw

Bass, Rock (Ambloplites rupestris)

Freshwater
301
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Bluegill-240-fwsw

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)

Freshwater
Brownbullhead-240-fw

Bullhead, Brown (Ameiurus nebulosus)

Freshwater
Yellowbullhead-240-fw

Bullhead, Yellow (Ameiurus natalis)

Freshwater
283
Whiteperch-240-fw

Perch, White (Morone americana)

Freshwater
480
Yellowperch-240-fw

Perch, Yellow (Perca flavescens)

Freshwater
Chainpickerel-240-fw

Pickerel, Chain (Esox niger)

Freshwater
Fish_1617605115_speid454

Salmon, Landlocked (Salmo salar sebago)

Freshwater
132
Pumpkinseed-240-fw

Sunfish, Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)

Freshwater
919
Browntrout-240-fw

Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta)

Freshwater
Laketrout-240-fw

Trout, Lake (Salvelinus namaycush)

Freshwater
473
Fish_1116236325_speid54

Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Guides

There are no guides specified for this fishing spot.

Lodges

There are no lodges specified for this fishing spot.

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.