I graduated in 2002. There's close freshwater fishing, but for me anyway, it was too expensive and too inconvenient to saltwater fish from there. The stripers will be there after you graduate.
You'll have a good time. Watch the UMass and Amherst cops though.
My one piece of advice, and I should charge for this, is to go to Smith college in Northampton for parties. Just show up on a weekend night and find a girl to sign you in - 90% of the girls walking around will help you get in to a party if you're nice. It's an all girls school and they are the horniest women I've ever met. We actually have had to launch rescue missions to get friends who they wouldn't release. If I had a dollar for everytime I heard "You're never going to believe what just happened to me", I'd be rich. They're really high on themselves, and you need to find the right angle, but it's worth it.
They used to have an "immorality" party every halloween that you need to be at.
"Do or do not, there is no try." -Yoda