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Lefty 07-03-2002 12:35 PM

Closest Smallies to Boston
Wondering what people know about eastern Ma. smallies. What's the closest smallmouth fishery to the Boston area? How about the Merrimack above the Essex dam? Concord River? Wachusset Res.?


John Desjardins 07-03-2002 01:07 PM

Wachussett is the closest that I know of . I'm still looking for the elusive shore spot where I can hook them consistently on a fly. I have a few ideas on locations if your interested.

The Millers river is another spot.

juro 07-03-2002 01:47 PM

NAH! Just sneak into the Fellsway, it's LOADED! So is Walden, packed with bronzebacks along the shoreline from the first cove on the right to the railroad tracks.

doogue 07-03-2002 01:51 PM


I have a great spot just South of Boston. The honey hole is in a little town called Chatham. Ahhh, just kidding.

I know a great place near Weymouth but that is probably on the wrong side of Beantown for you.


Lefty 07-03-2002 03:25 PM

Sorry Juro but Whites and Walden just turn me off (glad I got that off my chest, feel like a heretic). I'm thinking the Merrimack with the added bonus of other possible species. The salt is shutting down big time up north so I'm looking to get some smallie action in. Preferably in a better enviroment than the over trampled fishtanks in Concord.
In case anyone doubts my assesment of the No. Shore salt FF scene, I welcome you to come find some decent fish, then tell me where they are! (better bring a 500 grain or better:eyecrazy: )


juro 07-03-2002 03:43 PM

Have you tried Hampton yet? Early morning incoming tide should be full force by dawn, light coming from the east, looking over the shoals to the west - should see some bigtime activity. Better than poking around in bathwater. A late morning flood would be better, but there should be huge amounts of bait in the estuary now.

Statistically Pisquataqua has much bigger fish but figuring them out is another story. I haven't invested any time in it having no boat - but with your new motor you should be able to negotiate those currents if you were interested.

BTW - Walden is nice this time of year - hardly anyone fishes it now. :razz:

John Desjardins 07-25-2002 02:38 PM

Terry I just ran across this list. Hope it helps.

BigDave 07-25-2002 03:40 PM

Hi Lefty,

I would take a look at the Assabet river in W. Concord and Stow. Wachusett can be very good in spring (you might run into a landlocked salmon or laker as a bonus). I have fished Walden since I was about 8 years old and most of the big bronzebacks that hung out near the railroad tracks are gone. Lot's of twinkies from what I've seen lately. Some fool illegally introduced carp back in the 80's and I think they have been feasting on the redds.

Most of the good water out this way has been privatized over the last 5 years including Ferrar pond in Lincoln (which contains some outright lunkers). Too bad a few irresponsible fisherman have ruined it for the rest of us :tsk_tsk:

Best of luck,


Lefty 07-26-2002 08:33 AM

Wow I was a fan of Farrer pond. I personally witnessed an 8 lb Largemouth pulled out of there. IT was 22" long. My friend was using spinnerbaits.
Anyway I called the state about it's closure seeing how it was technically a "Great Pond" which means over 6 acres (??) Turns out the pond was grandfathered since it was man made back in the revolutionary war era. So it could be posted. I've caught what looks like Northerns in there too. There is a flood connection through a creek to the Sudbury river so it wouldn't surprise me.


BigDave 07-26-2002 09:22 AM


Wow 8lbs is a big bucketmouth. I have a picture of a 6lb on my wall at home - not a real long fish, just shaped like a football.

Thanks for the clarification about Ferrar. I actually called Lincoln police last year and they were under the impression that if I could find a place to throw my canoe in that the water itself was public domain. Need to get back on the pond sometime soon.

You're probably right about the northerns as my friend catches them from his yak all the time in the Sudbury River.


KeithSirois 07-26-2002 11:45 AM

merrimack river
I've had great success for smallies on the Merrimack above and below the Lawerence dam. I've only fished it from my boat but from the river it looks like there may be a few spots to get in there and fish it from shore.

Lefty 08-01-2002 09:21 PM

What ramp did you use. I have a good boat for above the dam. How's the rock situation?


KeithSirois 08-02-2002 12:50 PM


I Didn't notice any hazardous rocks above the damn, I fished out of my 17' bass boat and dropped it in at the Chelmsford ramp.

Here's the link to Mass public access ramps:

and here's a map of the Chelmsford ramp:

Let me know if you need any more info.
- Keith

Lefty 08-03-2002 07:23 AM

Thanks Keith for the info.


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