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Posted on: May 15, 2023

Reminder of Fishing Regulations - Sudbury Reservoir (DCR)

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Check here for full regulations (LINK)

The Wachusett and Quabbin Reservoirs provide water for 53 cities and towns within the Commonwealth. The Sudbury Reservoir is the system’s backup supply. The land surrounding the reservoirs is managed by the DCR Division of Water Supply Protection to protect the quality of the water, enhance ecological integrity, and ensure the future protection of these valuable natural resources from pollution, encroachment, and environmentally damaging public use. 


    ANY bodily contact with the water

    Disposing of human waste, trash, or litter

    Alcoholic beverages


    Swimming or bathing


    Smoking or building fires

    Metal detectors



    Transport or disposal of invasive or other plant/fish/wildlife species

DCR permits SHORE FISHING ONLY at Sudbury Reservoir from dawn to dusk. The fishing season at the Sudbury Reservoir opens on the FIRST SATURDAY IN APRIL, providing no ice is present, and extends through November 30. Possession of a valid Massachusetts fishing license is required by individuals 15 years of age or older. DCR and its employees are not responsible for any damage to, or loss of life which may be incurred in connection with the public use of the reservoirs. 

Shore fishing at the Sudbury Reservoir is permitted everywhere except that portion of the reservoir closest to the dam. Prohibited area extends from Route 30 Causeway around past the dam to Clemmons Street. Please be advised that parking in the MWRA complex is prohibited. 


State Police – Millbury: (508) 929-3232 

DCR Watershed Rangers: (978) 365-3800 

MEMA State Control (24hr Dispatch): 508-820-2000 

CAUTION: These watershed lands are managed for forest and wildlife improvements. Certain areas may occasionally be posted when forestry personnel and equipment are operating in the forest. Please be careful to avoid these areas. Hunting is also allowed during the fall hunting season; please be aware of dates when archery hunters are in the woods during October and November as well as the start of shotgun season that can begin by the end of November (


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