Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
ShoreGuy1984

Butternut, Balsam, and Wapogasset

4 posts in this topic

Out of Big Butternut Lake, Balsam Lake, and Lake Wapogasset, which would be the best for shore fishing?

Are these good Bass and Northern lakes?

Also, are these lakes easy to get a boat on?

Thank you for any info!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Balsam has decent boat ramps, the one on the South end of the lake behind the bank has two accesses, one on either side of a single dock. I usually use that one, it has always been good in the past. Wapogasset has several as well, though I think you have to pay at every one of them. Both lakes have quite a few bass in them, never really targeted northerns specifically, though have caught them in both places. Never fished big butternut, so I'm not sure.

Shorefishing:

Balsam you can fish at the above mentioned landing, there is also a swim beach with restrooms, and a bridge and additional dock that will offer up some casting room. I've never fished it from shore, but I bet you can catch an abundance of sunfish there. Straight out from the swim beach into the weeds used to be a decent spot to land a northern or two.

Wapogasset you should be able to shore-fish at Garfield park, they redid the landing and park a couple years ago, but there used to be a small dam of sorts you could fish along, and if you can cast far enough to reach the trees across the opposite shore, I imagine you could land a few bass.

Like I said, it's been probably two seasons, maybe three since I've been on either lake. Good luck, let us know how you do!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wapogasset has a ton of bass, the trouble isn't so much catching them as much as sorting through the small guys. I've caught a few pike out of there, a few small muskies, and seen one larger one follow (as well as caught a bass that had been hit by a large fish recently).

Balsam I haven't fished a whole lot, but there are definitely bass to be found. With the pike regulation I'm sure there are some to be found as well.

Can't help you on shore fishing but getting a boat in on Balsam and Wapogasset should be no problem. Big Butternut doesn't have nearly the structure as the other lakes, but I hear it has a pretty good bass population as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

fished Big Butternut this late this afternoon after leaving Loveless one small perch was it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • The past week has had me having multiple close calls and missing a brute at 45 yards.  Tonight I talked my dad to give it another try and there were birds in the field when we got there.  Birds ended up leaving as we tried to sneak in.  A short 20 minutes later they were back and we watched and worked the big group of toms and hens for more than 2 hours before we got one to commit.  Dad shot him with his 20 gauge at 48 yards,(this thing shoots an awesome pattern).  The 3 year old was down and only flopped a few times.   Nice 1+ inch spurs, 10" beard and heavy.  A good evening for sure!
    • Sorry to disappoint guys, but this tom was not my first bird of the season. Apparently that's part of the rules. The score won't count towards the team. I don't have any measurements for the jake I shot so we will have a zero from me.    At least my freezer is full. 
    • Way to  go 1957 !! Congrats!!
    • sugar is not a drug. 
    • Another good day today out on Superior ,,,, Had my first double and triple in the new rig today ,,, the day didnt start out with perfect weather but the fishing more then made up for it ,,, The mud  covers a lot of water but fishing the tea  colored water and edges of the mud paid off ,,, the cohos grew 5 inches  from eating this years smelt,,,, had some go 23 inches today 
    • Say no to drugs, like sugar.  Yes, sugar is a drug.
    • I won't be able to post the scores for this week until maybe Wed. so if someone else wishes to do so feel free to do it. In fact for the entire summer season I'm going to be pretty much hit and miss. So don't count on me the lake is calling and I have no computer there. My scores will drop like a rock unless luck prevails.
    • That should make things interesting 
  • Our Sponsors