Thank you for all of the positive feedback on the primer on the Westfield River’s East Branch! It is motivating me to write about other rivers near metro areas.
The context is that I’ve done a fair amount of driving and online research over the years to find “spots” closer to Worcester and Boston. I’ve found decent action at some conveniently located rivers. I’m happy to share my findings.
The Quinapoxet is one such good river. It’s productive after the spring and fall stockings. It also can fish well in the winter, as one blogger wrote here.
133 River St., Holden, MA (map coordinates)
I’ve had good luck fishing the pool there. That’s a stocking point, and there’s a pretty large and deep pool there below the bridge. I’d fish both sides of the pool with nymphs.
Below that is a very nice and long run, ideal for streamers. I caught a 15″ rainbow there. Video is up top.
Further downstream are more good spots, and some wild brookies hold there, too.
75 River St., Holden, MA (map coordinates)
It’s quieter water there, but there was a fantastic bunch of trout rising in the late afternoon the last time I fished it. Skunked, but it was fun to creep up on them and try to land them on a dry.
SPOTS I’D LIKE TO TRY
Near Trout Brook (map coordinates)
I’ve read that this can be a good area, with water from the brook creating both additional flow and forage. If that road isn’t accessible, it looks like you can access that area off of Manning St. (here).
Along the Central Mass. Rail Trail (map coordinates)
Supposedly, there are some good spots if you hike along the trail and follow the it to the river.
So, keep this river in mind. Monitor the spring stocking schedule sometime starting in mid-April. As long as you hit the river early in the morning, like I’ve done, you’ll beat the crowds.