I live in Tolland and was thinking of venturing a little further from town for a better fishing experience. Lately Middle and Lower Bolton are extremely crowded as is Coventry. Mansfield is a mass of weeds. Crystal can be OK but it is tough to launch and return solo with the parking being far away. I was considering hitting the Brimfield Reservoir which looks good on paper for large mouth with the bonus of Northern Pike and Tiger Muskies.
Loc: Wilbraham Ma
Brimfield used to be a super lake 20 years ago. It got pretty bad for a while and I think it is on its way back now. I have been there 2 times this year. Once before the spawn and once after. Both times on a friday. I would avoid it on the weekend. I caught limits both times I went but nothing over 2 lbs. Had a tourney there 2 years ago at the tail end of the spawn. Did very well prefishing with 3 fish over 5 lbs. Tourney day most of the fish were off the beds but I found a great buzzbait bite and ended up with 16 lbs and a lunker of 4.78 lbs. Be very carefull on the south side. Lots of shallow flats with stumps so go slow.
Lots of pickeral, some big ones, but I have never caught a pike in there.