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The rustic hilltown community of Charlemont is situated in the western part of Franklin County in northwestern Massachusetts. The town is surrounded by the Berkshire Mountains, settled along Deerfield River and the picturesque Mohawk Trail. Several rivers and brooks that run or riddle through Charlemont provide an opportunity for anglers to experience scenic fishing while enjoying other activities prominently featured in the area like alpine skiing, hiking, whitewater rafting, and camping as well. 

Charlemont is home to many natural attractions like the Mohawk Trail State Forest where there are tons of things to see and do. If you’re looking for a place that’s truly to an outdoor enthusiast’s taste, Charlemont has many offerings that will satisfy you. 

Charlemont, MA Fishing: Scenic Fishing in a Rustic Town

The woodland area and nearby mountains serve anglers a scenic display while they’re out catching fish in several of Charlemont’s waterways. Charlemont is a great destination for those wanting to do some action-packed trout fishing as most of its local waters are either stocked with the fish or house wild species.

At the Mohawk Trail State Forest, you’ll find Deerfield River and Cold River cascading their clear, cold waters through rocky streambeds. A variety of trout is primarily found in the rivers including brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and tiger trout. You can go wading or fish by the rivers’ banks, or you can use a non-motorized boat when you want to cover the rivers’ deeper parts. Both rivers are also popular among fly fishers but you can still do the usual baitcasting or spinning and still see good results. Smallmouth bass, walleye, and shad are also favorite targets in Deerfield River. Other species that can be caught there include white sucker, American eel, common carp, and fallfish. Cold River also houses species like bluegill, brown bullhead, and largemouth bass.

You can also go to Deerfield River’s tributaries like Chickley River and Clesson Brook that also pose as notable trout fishing sites. If you want to find a spot more in the middle of town, you’ll find several brooks that pepper the area throughout. Avery Brook, Maxwell Brook, Pelham Brook and Mill Brook are among those that are stocked with trout too. You can find other species like white and yellow perch, and chain pickerel in Pelham Brook. 

Fish species
Shad
Shad fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 5 Pounds

Length: 6" - 25"

Common Carp
Common Carp fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 5 - 100 Pounds

Length: 16" - 47"

Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Rainbow Trout 
Rainbow Trout  fish

Habitat: River, Lake

Weight: 1 - 8 Pounds

Length: 16" - 34"

Brook Trout 
Brook Trout  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 10" - 34"

Walleye
Walleye fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 12" - 42"

Brown Trout
Brown Trout fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"

Have Fun in Nature in Charlemont, MA

1. Hike Along the Mohawk Trail

You can enjoy the scenic display that the Mohawk Trail has to offer as it overlooks Deerfield River and the Berkshire Mountains. Admire the foliage and go wildlife watching when you hike along the Native American trade route where you can also visit the Hail to the Sunrise bronze statue that is a memorial of the Mohawk Indian. You can also go camping, swimming, picnicking, rafting, canoeing and kayaking at available vicinities nearby.

2. Enjoy a Forest and Mountain Getaway

Don’t miss out on trying alpine skiing at Charlemont as it is one of its most popular activities offered. The Berkshire East Ski Area is the most popular spot but you can also go to Sawmill Hill, the Mohawk Trail Skiers Project, and Snow White. The resorts also offer many opportunities for other fun things to do like snow tubing. If you’re there in the warmer months, they also offer whitewater rafting at Deerfield River and zip line canopy tours through the forest.