Is Wachusett Reservoir or Quabbin The Better Fishery?

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Interesting question isn’t it …

One I believe would bring up a significant debate between anglers having a bias towards either of these wonderful resources.

I guess another question, why as that question here on a site about Quabbin Reservoir?

Mainly because they have been figuratively “joined at the hip” since the Big Lady was constructed as they are both part of the water supply system for the Boston Metro area. Not only that but many fishermen actually spend time fishing both bodies of water with one very big difference …

Bearing in mind there are many restrictions on each reservoir, you can use boats on or fish from shore at the Quabbin but you can only fish from the shoreline on Wachusett Reservoir …

All right then, so which, if either is better and what might be used as an indication?

One source of data common to both is the list of Massachusetts Freshwater Records result to see if either reservoir has produced any state record fish …

In the case of Quabbin, there is currently only one state record catch currently on the books … an 11 pound walleye caught  in 1975. Wachusett on the other hand also has fish in the state record books for six different species: smallmouth bass, white perch, landlocked salmon, along with brown, lake and rainbow trout!

Impressive, very impressive indeed …

On the other hand if you look at the current standings (2010) for the Sportfish Award Program, Quabbin Reservoir has produced seven (adult and youth) while Wachusett Reservoir only has two …

Given the fact they are both great fisheries, perhaps it’s a tie!