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Nestled in the heart of the Blackstone River Valley, surrounded and peppered by forests, hills, brooks, lakes, and ponds, you’ll find the town of Douglas located in Worcester County in the south of Massachusetts. As locals and frequenters call ‘D-town’ or ‘The Big D’ essentially consists of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. There, you can witness boulders scattered throughout the town and even come upon gold and silver in some locales. 

Anglers interested in visiting this charming town will be pleased to find that its waters are abundant with freshwater game, coming in due to its ideal climate for those types of fish that thrive in it. Douglas offers scenic fishing experiences, mostly done near the Douglas State Forest. In-town angling experiences with waters riddled throughout the charming southern Massachusetts town.

Douglas Fishing: Excellent Freshwater Fishing in the Middle of Southern Massachusetts 

man standing on the dock holding a bucket and a fishing rod

Douglas is an excellent destination for avid freshwater anglers, especially those targeting bass and trout. You can fish onshore and offshore in local waters with plenty of areas to keep you busy when you come to Douglas.

Starting with the most accessible spot to find, head to Douglas State Forest, where you’ll locate the most extensive fishing area the town has to offer. In the warm waters of the Whitin Reservoir, you’ll be able to hook species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, black crappie, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and sunfish. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning, baitcasting, or surfcasting from the shore or a boat, you’ll be able to get some great results. The lake offers serenity if you’re looking for some respite and relaxation as it is kept quiet and clean. If you head further into the state forest, you can also fish in Wallis Pond, where you’ll find similar species like largemouth bass, spotted bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, yellow and white perch, black crappie, pumpkinseed, sunfish, as well as a white sucker, yellow bullhead, common carp, and catfish

If you want to take a break from being surrounded by endless natural beauty the west part of the town has to offer, head to the village of East Douglas, where you’ll find several brooks and streams that are fantastic freshwater angling spots as well. In places like Riddle Brook, Centreville Brook, Mumford River, Wellman Brook, Gilboa Brook, or Gilboa Pond, you’ll be able to catch fish like largemouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, white sucker, yellow bullhead, rock bass, rainbow trout, brook trout, roach, and golden shiner. Go to those areas if you want to fish on foot.

Anglers looking for larger fishing areas can travel southwest and west and fish from Wallum Lake and Badluck Pond. Both are popular fishing sites with boat launches and ramps available if you want to spend time in the water. In those lakes, you’ll find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, yellow and black bullhead, brown bullhead, black crappie, landlocked alewife, broodstock salmon, tiger trout, and rainbow smelt. Wallum Lake is also stocked with rainbow trout and brown trout every spring, making it a great place to target trout throughout the year. 

Want another spot where you can fish from a boat? Head up north, and you’ll get to Manchaug Pond, a popular spot for ice fishing and bass fishing. Shore fishing access is limited in the pond, so if you have a boat, fish away for species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, golden shiner, chain pickerel, yellow and white perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and brown bullhead.

Fish species
Chain Pickerel
Chain Pickerel fish

Habitat: Lake, River, Pond, Bogs, Swamps

Weight: 3 - 5 Pounds

Length: 14" - 39"

Bluegill  fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, River

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 6" - 16"

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"

In and Out of Nature in Douglas

1. More Fun Things to Do in Nature

A huge part of Douglas is made up of the Douglas State Forest. There, you’ll be able to explore the rare Atlantic white cedar swamp. You can also explore and hike through its trails including the  Midstate Trail and Southern New England Trunkline Trail, where you'll be able to enjoy the forest’s natural beauty and interesting history. You can also participate in numerous other activities like swimming, boating, horseback riding, picnicking, restricted hunting, and even cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

2. Stroll Around Town

Douglas boasts interesting points of interest in the community outside of natural attractions, including The E.N. Jenckes Store Museum on Main Street and the Douglas Flea Market. The village