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Seasons & Limits

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Species

Open season (All Dates Inclusive)

Daily Creel Limit

Minimum Length1

Trout 2
Lakes, ponds, major rivers 3, 5, 6

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

3

Housatonic River 4

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

1

20″

All other rivers and brooks

Apr. 1 – Sept. 10
Sept. 11 – Mar. 31, 2019

8
3

Lake Trout
Wachusett Reservoir 6

(see note 6)

3

Quabbin 6

(see note 6)

2

18″

Landlocked Salmon 6

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

2

15″

American Shad 7 (Connecticut and Merrimack rivers only, including their tributaries.)

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

3

Chain Pickerel

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

5

15″

Black Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth, singly or combined):

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

5

12″

Northern Pike

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

1

28″

Tiger Muskellunge

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

1

28″

Walleye

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

5

14″

Smelt 8

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28
May 16 – Dec. 31

All Other Freshwater Species 9

Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

Striped Bass and Herring: For season, size, and possession limits call the Division of Marine Fisheries at (617) 626-1520, or visit mass.gov/marinefisheries.
Possession of: Sturgeon (all species), American Brook Lamprey, Atlantic (sea-run) Salmon, Bridle Shiner, Burbot, Eastern Silvery Minnow, Lake Chub, Longnose Sucker, and Northern Redbelly Dace is illegal! If caught, release immediately. This means remove hook or cut line and return fish to water immediately — do not pose for photographs, place on a stringer, hold in a net, or delay in any way the immediate return and release of these rare fish to the water!