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There’s nothing more sought after than some peace and quiet. If you’re searching for a fishing spot that offers just that, you might want to look into Massachusetts quaint town – Berkley!

Berkley is a historically and culturally rich rural town in Bristol County. It is linked in history as the location where King Philip formed his confederacy in 1675. It is also noted as the site where the biggest two-masted schooner in the world was first launched in 1790..  

In recent years, Berkley has become a go-to tourist destination among anglers with its abundance of rivers, lakes, and ponds. Berkley is a notable angling destination with its plenty of accessible launch points and fishing spots.

Limitless Fishing Opportunities for Anglers of All Ages

The Taunton River borders Berkley to its west and is the largest body of water in the area. It is abundant with fish species such as largemouth bass, striped bass, scup, and yellow perch.

Bridge Village Heritage Park is the first spot to go if you’re looking to target these species in Berkley. It has several launches for boats, canoes, or kayaks as it covers a significant portion of the Taunton River that flows through Berkley. 

Taunton River is also accessible through Dighton Rock State Park, and it has more refined water edges providing easy access to the water.  The Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) also often hosts events there, such as “Angler Education Day” where kids are taught about fishing in preserving the beauty of the Taunton River.

Berkley is also famous for its several ponds and lakes that seem to be connected by a system of narrow streams. Forge Pond and Quaker Brook are small but abundant locations for anglers targeting crappie and white perch.

Anglers in Berkley typically use spinning or baitcasting techniques, and worms are also easy to find, making them an ideal bait to use. Many bait shops are also spread in Berkley and are open to helping visiting anglers have the best possible fishing experience.

Fish species
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Striped Bass
Striped Bass fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore

Weight: 10 - 81 Pounds

Length: 20" - 55"

American Yellow Perch
American Yellow Perch fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 1" - 10"

Scup  fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Reef

Weight: 2 - 4 Pounds

Length: 10" - 18"

Travel Through Time in Berkley

1.Visit the Dighton Rock State Park

Dighton Rock State Park houses Berkley’s prized Dighton Rock – a 40-lb boulder with markings that no scientist or philosopher could decipher. The Dighton Rock State Park also features trails and serene picnic spots that families and friends could enjoy.  

2. Unravel the Mystery of Conspiracy Island

Conspiracy Island is a mysterious tidal island in Berkley that has sparked numerous urban legends and horror stories. It has become a tourist attraction due to its eerie vibe and the unexplainable cause of fish not thriving in its waters. It is also linked to King Philip’s confederacy.

Fishing Techniques