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11-01-2006, 06:53 PM
.... look interesting on the satellite/map.

I checked and the DFW stocks them each spring.

Can anyone advise by PM or otherwise likely access areas, and any tips or general experiences ?



11-01-2006, 11:39 PM
Haven't tried them myself but curious whether you'd tried Long Pond and ponds inside Miles Standish yet or the Cape ponds?

Jeff Sod
11-02-2006, 06:48 AM
The Taunton River is primarily a warm water fishery but there are small brooks that are spring fed which empty into the river. If you poke around the taunton river organization site I once found a small pdf map that highlighted some of them. These are small brooks though harboring small native brook trout.

The Nemasket River I have spent time fishing this season and can tell you it is not a cold water fishery. The river is very fertile though and supports one of the best herring runs in the state. There are some very good quality largemouths in this little river. Also some excellent pickeral, golden shiner and calico bass. Most of the river is not accessible on foot you need a canoe or kayak. You could wade spots but those spots would mostly need a canoe or kayak to access. Worth the effort for the bass here and pickeral and perch are still biting heartily now.

11-02-2006, 08:28 AM
Thanks Jeff,

Juro - yes i have, I have scouted most of the Plymouth ponds.

Little pond - two small areas where i could cast a fly, but no drop offs.
Lout Pond - one access area, again no drop off.
Long Pond - only access was by the boat ramp, again no drop off. I couldn't find any other shore access.

myles standish - tried fearings pond which was gated shut. parking illegally, i checked out two access points. again just shallow water.

these ponds looked good but not for the shore fisher. As i want fishing within a 30 min drive for those summer evenings i will invest in a belly boat or a kayak, not sure yet. which i may also use on Hinghams bass ponds.

I have not yet checked out the Cape Ponds but those in Nickerson - Little Cliff and Higgins look the most shore friendly. I am not sure about the condition of the access roads though ( i have no 4X4) and its a long drive from Hingham - around 1 hour 40 mins i think.


Jeff Sod
11-02-2006, 08:47 AM
Your welcome,

I will add my input on the watercraft options as I own both right now and much prefer the float tube. I will qualify it though if you can afford the Hobie then the kayak may work better. My kayak is not an ideal fishing model but the problem is the wind blows and spins you and you have to put the rod down to adjust. With a tube you can maintain the proper angle with your feet while continuing to fish. I just started float tubing this year and if you have never done it I highly recommend you try it out! What a kick. It's like fishing out of an easy chair. I found if you have stocking foot waders you can use regular dive fins which are pretty efficent. We just take a wrap of duck tape around each foot before heading out. The Fish Cat float tube is a good model if the weight capacity works for you. I think you want like a 50lb buffer on capacity erring on the conservative side. I found a used one to get me by this season and it has elevated seating which I like as it keeps you bottom out of the cold water. If you want to try some bassy water next spring try the southern pond at Burrage Wildlife Mangagement area. You can fly fish off the shoreline nicely there as its an old bog and the road is elevated but most of the big bass are on the western shore which require a tube. Long walk in there so pack light. Loads of wildlife.

Oh and for wade fishing for Trout Hamblins is supposed to be good on the cape and Mary's pond in Rochester is good too but only stocked in the spring. Marys just so happens to be an excellent bass pond too. A guy caught a 10lb largemouth there this season. I caught a nice Smallmouth on the fly there a couple weeks ago. Personally I am hooked on fly fishing for smallmouths. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend targeting them a bit!

11-09-2006, 11:16 AM
FYI, lots of good info on the Taunton River basin here:

11-11-2006, 09:33 AM
thanks fred,

very helpful - those pics of the brook trout are so clear its amazing.


Jeff Sod
11-11-2006, 07:48 PM
Yes Fred thanks for the link. Funny thing was when I visted the site and went to add it to my favorites it was already there I had just forgot about it. The brookie pictures are amazing. I visited a similar cold water brook late this afternoon that I found after doing some research on the tauntonriverorg site. I didn't see any brookies but definetely similar cold clear water.