Most people who come to New England for the explicit purpose of fishing will find themselves in Massachusetts at some point. The reasons for this are myriad in scope, but the most obvious one is that there is simply an incredible abundance of fishing opportunities available in the aptly named “Bay State.” In fact, the reason why Massachusetts got the name Bay State is due to the fact that the early settlers realized that the area had an abundance of natural bodies of water.
And in correspondence with high amounts of water are high amounts of fish. If you want to come to a place that will give you great diversity in fishing options, Massachusetts is a great state to go. The vast majority of the fishing that goes on in Massachusetts is marine-based due to the large commercial fishing industry in the area, but people who are doing it as a recreational activity are more apt to find themselves floating in a boat along a lazy river, or resting alongside on of Massachusetts’ many lakes.
Unsurprisingly, there is a great deal of literature available when it comes to fishing in Massachusetts. Before you attach bait to hook, be sure that you read up on the laws of the area and determine whether or not you an actually fish in that perfect body of water. If you are a saltwater fisherman, you may need a special permit before you start reeling in the catch. Additionally, if you happen to have a taste for shellfish, the process of getting permission to do so is a little different as compared to those who are just looking for a place to put their rowboat. No doubt going freshwater fishing is the least complicated, but it isn’t that difficult to get the necessary paperwork to engage in saltwater, shellfish, or ice fishing should you so desire.
The most popular fish that anglers catch in Massachusetts are cod and bass. There are of course a number of other species in the area as well, so you’re sure to find something you like in Massachusetts!