The NSRWA offers opportunities to fish or shellfish with us at various times of year. Check out our events page for the current information on when!
Many popular recreationally fished species can be found in the rivers, including striped bass, menhaden, and bluefish, particularly near the mouth at “the spit.” In the freshwater portions of the rivers brook trout, large and small mouth bass and other freshwater species can be found.
Saltwater fishing now requires a $10 license in most circumstances (children under 16 don’t require a permit). If you are fishing in the North River, a saltwater license is required below the Rt. 3 bridge. Above the bridge a freshwater permit is required. All fees go toward managing recreational fishing resources.
Reminder: It is illegal to catch river herring in the state of Massachusetts!
The clam flats in both the North and South Rivers are open November 1, 2013—a month earlier than in previous years! They generally close by May 31st unless there is a Red Tide.
Please visit the Division of Marine Fisheries website for more information.
Please see below for more information on obtaining a permit and where shellfishing is allowed.
In spring of 2011, the South River shellfish beds reopened after twenty years of closures. Over the past two decades, we have together worked with the Towns of Scituate and Marshfield to improve water quality by increasing treatment of polluted runoff from rainstorms; upgrading septic systems; and extending the sewer system in Marshfield. Over the past 5 years, in order to open the beds the water quality had to be tested consistently to prove that water quality had improved to safe shellfishing levels. The town ofMarshfield’s Harbormaster stepped up to help ensure that the Division of Marine Fisheries could collect that data consistently. We appreciate both the Town of Marshfield and Division of Marine Fisheries persistence in making the opening a reality. And of course thank you to our members for supporting the cause of cleaner water!
Shellfishing may occur on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Read Marshfield’s shellfishing regulations.
Reclassification & Redefinition
Classification: Conditionally Approved
Status: Open To Shellfishing December 1–May 31 (inclusive) South River North MB6.1
“The Waters and flats of that portion of the South River in the towns of Marshfield and Scituate, west of a line drawn in a northerly direction from the eastern end of Grandview Ave. in Marshfield to the northern intersection of Atlantic Drive and Central Ave. in Scituate” (313 acres).
Status: Closed to Shellfishing South River South MB6.0
“The Waters and flats of that portion of the South River in the towns of Marshfield and Scituate, east of a line drawn in a northerly direction from the eastern end of Grandview Ave. in Marshfield to the northern intersection of Atlantic Drive and Central Ave. in Scituate” (163 acres).
North River Shellfish Beds OPEN November 1–May 30th
The North River shellfish beds are open from the 3A bridge to the mouth. The beds are only open to residents with a valid shellfish permit.
The towns of Scituate and Marshfield, in cooperation with the Division of Marine Fisheries, do shellfish seeding. After seeding, recreational shellfishing is closed. This is often done in June so the shellfish beds are closed before then to allow for the seeding program. Water quality is still good but shellfishing is prohibited due to the seeding project.
- Town of Marshfield shellfish information. Permits can be obtained from the Harbormaster.
- Town of Scituate shellfish regulations. Permits can be obtained from the Town Clerk.