Will the record for the largest fish caught in Massachusetts be broken in 2023?

Will the record for the largest fish caught in Massachusetts be broken in 2023?

Photo of a bowfin caught by Will Pellerin.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – No record-sized fish were caught last year, breaking a years-long trend of broken records.

Every year, the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife announces a record size of fish caught across the state. In 2022, four record-sized fish were caught, three of which were caught in western Massachusetts.


However, MassWildlife told 22News there were no reports of record-sized fish being caught in 2023. Last year was a chaotic year for fishing, with persistent flooding throughout the summer along local rivers.

If you think you have caught a record sized fish, you can report it to MassWildlife but there are some strict catch and release rules that must be followed. The fish must be measured where it was caught and photographed next to the measuring device. The fish must then be released.

The photo should show a clear side view of the flatfish against a clearly defined measuring device. Make sure the whole fish is in the photo or it may be disqualified. Any photos that have been modified or changed in any way will be disqualified. Pictures of catfish and bullfish should also include a photo of the top view of the fish.

All photos must be submitted within 30 days of catching the fish.

Want to try your luck and catch the next record-sized fish? According to current records, some of the best fishing areas are the Connecticut River and Oxbow Pond in Easthampton, Lake Oneota in Pittsfield, Quabbin Reservoir and Swift River in Belchertown and Littleville Reservoir in Huntington.

State record for largest freshwater fish ever caught
(catch and release logs):

  • American Shad: 25.00 inches – Caught in the Chicopee River, Granby by Paul Beauchesne, Jr. in 2017
  • Bowfin: 32.00 inches – Caught at Oxbow Pond, Easthampton by David DeSimone in 2021
  • Bowfin: 32.00 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, Northampton by Will Pellerin in 2022
  • Brook Trout: 20.75 inches – Caught at Swift River, Belchertown by David DeSimone in 2021
  • Brown Trout: 32.00 inches – Caught at Littleville Reservoir, Huntington by David DeSimone in 2020
  • Bullhead: 21.50 inches – Caught at Stiles Pond, Oxford by Roger Aziz, Jr. in 2021
  • Carp: 44.00 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, South Hadley by Kenneth Langdon in 2021
  • Pickerel Series: 28.75 inches – caught at Leverett Pond, Leverett by David Desimone in 2020
  • Channel Catfish: 34.50 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, Easthampton by Jason Montanez in 2020
  • Channel Catfish: 34.50 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, Hatfield by Kenneth Langdon in 2020
  • Crappie: 18.25 inches – Caught at Latchaway Lake, north of Brookfield by Matthew Maynard in 2019
  • Crappie: 18.25 inches – Caught at Putnamville Reservoir, Danvers by Thomas Melanson in 2020
  • Lake Trout: 34.00 inches – Caught at Wachusett Reservoir by David DeSimone in 2020
  • Landlocked salmon: 27.25 inches – caught at Quabbin Reservoir by Gary Morin in 2018
  • Largemouth Bass: 25.00 inches – Caught at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee by John Gonsalves in 2017
  • Largemouth Bass: 25.00 inches – Caught at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, Mashpee by Dylan Towne in 2018
  • Largemouth Bass: 25.00 inches – Caught at White Pond, Concord by Tracy Como-Bowe in 2018
  • Largemouth Bass: 25.00 inches – Caught at Forge Pond, Granby by Will Pellerin in 2022
  • Northern Pike: 45.50 inches – Caught at Lake Oneota, Pittsfield by Ashley DePaoli in 2017
  • Northern Pike: 45.50 inches – Caught at Oneota Lake, Pittfield by Craig Strong in 2021
  • Rainbow Trout: 27.25 inches – Caught in Swift River, Belchertown by David DeSimone in 2021
  • Smallmouth Bass: 23.50 inches – Caught at Wachusett Reservoir by Zachary Aquino in 2020
  • Sunfish: 13.00 inches – caught at Wright Reservoir, Westminster by Griffin Sabolewski in 2021
  • Tiger Muskellunge: 34.00 inches – Caught at Pontoosuc Lake, Lanesborough by David DeSimone in 2021
  • Trout: 25.50 inches – caught at Ashfield Pond, Ashfield by David DeSimone in 2021
  • Walleye: 29.50 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, Holyoke by Michael Taylor in 2018
  • Walleye: 29.50 inches – Taken in the Connecticut River, Turners Falls by Jason Wingrove in 2018
  • Walleye: 29.50 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, Holyoke by Michael Taylor in 2022
  • White Catfish: 26.50 inches – Caught in the Connecticut River, Turner Falls by Benjamin Halkett in 2015
  • White Perch: 18.00 inches – Caught at Wachusett Reservoir, west of Boylston by Prince Dukuli in 2018
  • White Perch: 18.00 inches – Caught at Wachusett Reservoir, Boylston by John Cicolini in 2022
  • Yellow Perch: 16.50 inches – caught at Connameset Pond, Falmouth by Peter Brundreit in 2015
  • Yellow Perch: 16.50 inches – Caught at Long Pond, Plymouth by Mark Mohan, Jr. in 2016

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