New England Fishing Report: Berkshires Variety Fishing

The crew of New England Fishing TV just wrapped up a very fun and successful day of fishing in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts with Paul Tawczynski of Charter the Berkshires guide service.

Tawczynski fishes a variety of lakes and ponds in the Berkshires, as well as parts of the Connecticut River, and targets everything from carp to pickerel. In our case, the main quarry was largemouth bass, which we found in abundance in Lake Buell, which offers a convenient public launch ramp with free parking.

We launched shortly after dawn and fished the lake’s shallow weed beds with poppers. Early morning is prime time for topwater action, as that’s when the lake’s baitfish school near the surface, and we had no problem raising some energetic largemouths, along with a few scrappy pickerel.

As the sun rose higher, we switched to a bone-colored bent-back minnow lure originally designed for salt water, but which has proved equally effective on bass. The lure is designed to wobble and dart erratically just below the surface, and resulted in several good-sized largemouths, big pickerel and even a small pike.

Tawczynski explained that Lake Buell is a very productive spot, as it features 2 deep “bowls” divided by a large, shallow weed bed. The weeds provide cover for baitfish, pickerel, perch and bass, while the deeper, cooler bowls are home to trout and pike. Other good spots to find bass include the various creek mouths around the lake, as well as overhanging tree branches and dock shadows once the summer hits full stride. Of course, night fishing can also yield spectacular results during the warm months when daytime boat traffic is heavy.


After catching several bass and pickerel on lures, white spinnerbaits and soft-plastic works rigged Texas-style, we switched gears and trolled spoons for trout, which are stocked in the lake each spring and fall. The lake holds rainbows and browns, the latter reaching impressive sizes. We trolled a pair of colorful spoons behind keel sinkers to get them down 10’ to 15’ below the surface. Best speed for this method is between 1.5 and 2 knots. While we marked plenty of fish on the sounder, they didn’t seem to be in a feeding mood, although we did get one small brownie to eat. With 5 species of fish under our belt, we were feeling pretty good about the footage, so we pulled lines and headed back to the ramp.

You can watch the Berkshires Variety episode of New England Fishing this fall on NESN, and be sure to follow us on social media to learn exact times and dates and receive updates on where we plan to fish next.


To book a Berkshires fishing trip with Paul Tawczynski, visit his website.