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Nestled among numerous mountain ranges and riddled with acres of forest areas, you’ll find the valley town of Clarksburg located in Berkshire County in the northwest of Massachusetts. The city offers anglers a scenic fishing experience as they try to hook freshwater species in local waters found throughout its area. 

Because of its abundance of natural offerings, Clarksburg is the perfect place to visit when you want to seek respite from busy areas yet still be provided plenty of ways to have fun and leisure. There is so much to do while basking in nature's beauty, from hiking the Appalachian Trail to camping at Clarksburg State Park. With lakes, ponds, brooks, streams, and reservoirs surrounded by fecund foliage, anglers looking to plan their next adventure in Clarksburg will never be disappointed with the charming atmosphere the town has to offer.

Clarksburg Fishing: Fishing Amidst Mountains and Forests 

If you’re looking for your next freshwater fishing adventure, consider visiting Clarksburg not only because of its great angling spots but also because of the endless scenery. Whether you’re fishing onshore or in the water, you’ll be able to find tons of game in local waters. 

hand holding a common perch beside the lake

Flowing through the valley between the mountain ranges on either side of Clarksburg, you’ll find Hudson Brook and the north branch of the Hoosic River, which are great spots for fly fishing. Trout fishing in these waters is the best in town as wild and stocked trout abound. If you’re fishing in their waters, you might find species like brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, northern pike, chain pickerel, slimy sculpin, and longnose sucker, which is a state-listed species of concern.

If you want to fish using your boat, you can head to Clarksburg State Park, where you’ll find Mauserts Pond and Beaver Creek. Anglers can launch non-motorized boats from their car tops there. In the pond’s waters, you can find chain pickerel, northern pike, yellow perch, white sucker, bluegill, brown bullhead, black bullhead, pumpkinseed, catfish, sunfish, and golden shiner. Simple techniques like baitcasting or spinning can be effective there. When its waters are frozen at the top, you can also do some ice fishing and catch pike and pickerel. Similar fish can be hooked from Beaver Creek found at the pond’s southwest. You can find chain pickerel, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, and catfish in its waters.

Linking to either Mauserts Pond or Hoosic River’s waters are many brooks and streams where familiar species like trout and bluegill can be found. Among those are Canyon Brook, Wheeler Brook, Cowan Brook, and Bear Swamp Brook.

Another great spot is Choquettes Pond, a lake surrounded by acres of trees found nearly in the middle of town. There, you can catch various fish like lake trout, grass carp, grayling, minnow, black and white crappie, bull trout, muskellunge, perch, and pike.

Fish species
Northern Pike
Northern Pike fish

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 2 - 34 Pounds

Length: 16" - 29"

Chain Pickerel
Chain Pickerel fish

Habitat: Lake, River, Pond, Bogs, Swamps

Weight: 3 - 5 Pounds

Length: 14" - 39"

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"

American Yellow Perch
American Yellow Perch fish

Habitat: River, Lake, Backcountry

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 1" - 10"

Brook Trout 
Brook Trout  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 10 Pounds

Length: 10" - 34"

Brown Trout
Brown Trout fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"

Nature Immersion in Clarksburg

1. Explore the Beauty of Nature

With Clarksburg being situated amidst mountains, hills, and forests, you can have the chance to explore the wonders of nature this unique New England town has to offer. Hiking trails such as the Appalachian Trail have part of it running through the city where you can enjoy stunning vistas and native flora and fauna.

2. Recreation Surrounded by Nature

Clarksburg State Park has many activities and attractions to offer, from camping, hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and even cross country skiing when it snows. All those paired with being in an unspoiled northern hardwood forest with alluring views of nearby mountains.

Fishing Techniques
Spinning
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing