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Last Updated: 4/2016
 Fishing
       The water provides excellent holdover capability, and many trout survive for a year or more, but the lack of a good forage base precludes high growth rates. An occasional large brown trout is taken, but for the most part anglers will be fishing for recently stocked fish. The pond’s elongated shape is ideal for trolling; boaters and canoe fishermen seem to have the best luck pulling small spoons, streamers, or sometimes minnow plugs. Shore fishermen typically have the best luck with scented doughbaits, salmon eggs, or worms fished on or near the bottom, or dropped slowly through the water column with a sinking float. Comet gets crowded during the spring stocking season; fewer anglers are present on weekdays. Comet is also a favorite site for ice fishermen since it freezes early, holds its ice late, and is a premier pond for taking trout through the ice. Comet has produced trophy-sized fish through the Division’s Freshwater Sportfishing Award Program, including Black Crappie, Bullhead, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Tiger Trout, and Yellow Perch.

Description
      Also known as "Comet Pond," this Great Pond is located just north of the junction of Routes 68 and 62 in Hubbardston. The waters of Comet are cold and generally infertile, resulting in exceptional clarity with sparse aquatic vegetation. These conditions, combined with an abundance of deep water, make it one of the most popular trout ponds in central Massachusetts. Over half of the shoreline is developed with year-round homes and summer cottages. There is a 20 horsepower limit for 2-stroke engines and a 25 horsepower limit for 4-stroke engines


STATISTICS
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.5 miles

State Boat Ramp
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-26.91 N 71-58.76 W
USGS Map: Sterling, MA  
Access: 
Boat access is provided by a paved ramp just off Route 62. A paved parking lot adjacent to the ramp has space for 25 or more cars. Shoreline access is good and extends up the southeastern shore.

Town Beach
Nearest Address:
96 Worcester Rd, Hubbardston, MA 01452
Position: 42-27.31 N 71-59.18 W
Access:
In the spring and fall, shore access is also available at a town beach entrance off Route 68; this is open only to town residents during the summer swimming season.

Physical Features:
  • Area:                136 acres
  • Max depth:         55 feet
  • Average Depth:  29 feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded
Fish Population
  • Last survey ?
  • 9 species:  The Pond is stocked with trout every spring and fall. In the most recent sampling efforts, MassWildlife found stocked trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseeds, Bluegills, Rainbow Smelt, Bullheads, and Golden Shiners. Due to the infertility of this pond, bass and panfish are not abundant and display slow growth rates.


Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 9.5 miles, 14 minutes):
From Exit 22 Gardner off Route 2
  1. At the traffic circle, take the exit onto Route 68 South/Timpany Blvd.
  2. At mile 9.1, turn left onto Route 62 East.
  3. At mile 9.4, turn left onto Comet Pond Road.
  4. The boat ramp is immediately on the left and parking to the right.


State Pond Map