Billington Sea, Plymouth, MA

Billington Sea is a warm water fed pond in Plymouth, MA that seems to be a very popular spot and supposedly holds some big bass in the 5-7lb range. I fished there recently and unfortunately did not have much success finding any lunkers, but did pull in about 8 bass in 3 hours. I didn't fish anything to the west of Hathaway point but I'd like to go back and try again as I know my luck will be better the next time around.

This pond has a little bit of everything when it comes to structure. Along the northern shore, near the boat ramp, you'll find some lilly pads and some bushes that you can fish. There's a creek mouth in the northeast corner that gets pretty shallow but definitely holds some fihs. Along the southern shore, where it is more developed, you'll find plenty of docks to target. The outer edges are shallow, anywhere from 1-5ft deep, while the middle drops down to about 10 ft.  The island in the middle offers some quick drop offs that I fished with my MS Slammer and a shallow diving scatter bait to see if I could find any bass hanging around the ledge. There's also a good amount of downed trees if you can find them, I've marked a few on the map below.

Most of my success came along on the eastern shoreline and in the cove in the southeast corner. I had multiple top water strikes as I fished my senko worm quickly, trying to cover ground. I also caught a couple on a fat body crank bait, working it just outside the weedline.  I think the next time around, I would focus more on the windblown points where it drops off quickly and throw some larger swimbaits, like my Spro SB BBZ60.

As far as I can tell, there is no shore access outside of  the boat ramp and maybe Hathaway point, if the road is open. When I first arrived, I went through Morton Park, only to see that the road was blocked off. You'll want to access the boat ramp via  Morton Park Road, off of Billington St.

More to come after my next trip here. 

Successful Baits:
Shore Fishing?  No
Boat Access? Yes - Morton Park Rd
Boat Ramp? Yes, but not paved.
Avg/Max Depth: 5 ft/10 ft

Reeds Pond, Wellesley, MA

Reed's Pond is a very small pond located just off of Route 9 in Wellesley, MA.  Although this pond might be small, don't be surprised to pull in a couple 1.5 - 2 lb bass.  I dunno how they got that big in a small pond like this but they're there.  There is limited access to the pond but you can fish it from a couple spots on the shore, and if you wanted, for some reason, to get a canoe or kayak in there, you can.

The spot I had the most success from is located off of Woodside Ave where you'll find a large opening with plenty of room to cast.  There are a lot of weeds over in this area, so it's tough to fish, but it also allows the fish to hang out close to the shore while being protected.   I caught fish 60 feet from the shore and 8 feet from the shore so it's really diverse. 

The other spot I fished is on the south side of the pond where there is a damn.  You can fish the middle from there where it gets a little deeper.  There was a patch of lilly pads straight out that always had a lot of fish breaking around it.  Also on the left side, there are a lot of overhanging trees that offer a lot of shade and some great fishing. 

It's a small pond but I fished there about 6 times and always caught a couple bass.  Great spot to just relax and cast a few.

Successful Bait: Worms- Pumpkin seed, Black w/ blue 
Shore Fishing? Yes 
Boat Access? Yes 
Boat Ramp? No

Map coming soon.

Unnamed Pond on East Spring St, Holbrook, MA

This unnamed pond is probably my favorite hidden gem. Located behind a shutdown factory in Holbrook, this pond actually has a pretty interesting story behind it. This used to be an old rock quarry so it's pretty deep in the middle. One day while they were digging, one of the cranes hit an underground spring that ended up flooding the quarry. They were able to get all of the machinery except for one crane that is still stuck in the ground on the eastern shore.

So to get to this place you can either park at the end of Spring Lane and walk over to the eastern shore or you can park behind the building on Spring St, which I'll mark for you, and navigate the paths through the trees to find the water.  There are several spots to fish around the pond, including near the crane, a spot on a big rock on the northern shore, or along the path that wraps around the western and southern shores. 

If you fish from the big rock on the northern shore, there is an island that you can cast out towards where there are some lilly pads that a lot of fish congregate around.  If you're over by the crane, you can fish to the right where there are some weeds and bushes to work.  There is also another island off of the western shore where a friend of my caught an 8 lb bass.  I know right? 8 lbs for such a small pond?  That's why this place is such a great find.

There are very few weeds in this pond so you can pretty much use any type of lure that you want and I'm sure you'll have some success.  I had the most success fishing off of the rock on the north shore .

If you have the energy to carry a boat over from Spring Lane you can get it in there and work several more spots that are sure to be potent like in the coves in the south east corner or the most southern shore that can't be reached from the land.  Good luck!

Successful Bait: Worms- Pumpkin seed, Black, Silver.  Frogs- Dark Green. Spinner bait- whit skirt, black/red skirt. Crank bait - Shallow Diver Perch, Deep Diver White.  Jerk bait- Silver w/ blue 
Shore Fishing? Yes 
Boat Access? Yes 
Boat Ramp? No

Denison Pond, Stoughton, MA

I used to think this was unnamed until a reader informed me that it was called Denison Pond.  Anyway, this pond on Plain St just down the street from the world renown Town Spa, is small but definitely has a good amount of fish in there if you can get them to bite.  The weeds are pretty thick but there are some big openings in the weeds that you can work with any type of lure.

I've only fished this pond from the shore because it just isn't big enough to warrant the effort of getting a boat in there but I guess if you had nothing better to do, you could put a little canoe or kayak in it.  There are often breaks way out in the eastern corner where I heard the fishing used to be great before all of the bushes made it impossible to get to.

Anyway, there is plenty of room along Plain St to fish from the shore.  I've fished here several times and usually catch at least one bass but one day I was very surprised when I pulled out a 2.5 pound bass from this tiny pond.  The fishing spots may be limited by the weeds but apparently there are some decent sized fish in there, at least one that I know of for sure at.

This is pond is often a big tease as well.  You will constantly see fishing moving out in the middle of the water but no matter what you cast out to them, often times they won't take the bait.  Which tells me that they are either too small to be interested or the pond has been over-fished and they're no longer interested.  But hey, if you decide to go out and fish it for a little bit, good luck!

Successful Bait: Worms- Pumpkin seed, Frogs- Dark Green. Spinner bait- yellow skirt. 
Shore Fishing? Yes 
Boat Access? Yes 
Boat Ramp? No

Unnamed Pond on Route 123, Easton, MA

Behind the Easton Industrial Park located on Route 123, you will find a good sized, unnamed pond that me and my friends have had great success in.  The pond is well hidden between a couple of industrial parks and has limited shore fishing but if you get a boat out there, you can definitely find some great spots to fish.

The only way I know to access this pond is to enter the industrial park by going down Bristol Dr and then taking a left onto Norfolk Ave.  This will bring you to a rotary at which you take your first right into a parking lot.   Go all the way to the back, left side of the parking lot and you will find a couple of openings to the water.  You can usually park right next to the water on the grass or in the parking lot to be safe.

There are a good amount of weeds in this pond, especially near the shore by the two openings but it drops off a little bit as you get out further.  The space is limited on the shore, maybe room for 4 or 5 people to fish at once so don't expect a lot of different options while you're fishing from the shore.  We've always caught a bass or two though working the the middle or even working the overhanging bushes to the left of the openings.

If you get a boat out there, which I always prefer, there are 3 spots where I have had the most success in here.  The first one is on the eastern shore, directly across from where you put in the boat.  It is a little corner where there are some submerged branches and a lot of fish.  The next spot, located at the very northern point of the pond, is full of weeds and lilly pads, with a lot of brush overhanging the edges.  This is a great spot to throw out a Texas rigged worm or rubber frog and pull in a few bass.

The last spot I always make sure to check out is in the southeast corner of the pond.  There are several trees hanging very low above the water that give the fish good shade to hide in.  Usually, the wind is blowing this direction as well, which push the bait fish that way and you know the bass will always follow them, so expect to catch a few here as well.   If you want to explore some more, the southwestern shore always looks like a spot to catch some fish but it is really shallow so just keep that in mind if you have a boat out there. 

Successful Baits:
Shore Fishing? Yes 
Boat Access? Yes 
Boat Ramp? No