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Last Updated: 4/2017
SPECIAL NOTE:
       Sadly, all the information below was provided by the state and it is almost 60 years old.  Apparently they have not decided to checkup on the fish.  Please use but don't expect it to be accurate.
 
Fishing
        Buck Pond was reclaimed on September 4th, 1956. Over 89 percent of the total weight of the fish population were bluegills and pumpkinseeds.  Only about 1 percent were game fish (largemouth bass and pickerel). About 7 percent were yellow perch and bullheads, and small amounts of eels, white suckers, and black crappie completed the total. Here again the results of indiscriminate stocking were very much in evidence.  Bluegills had overrun the pond to the exclusion of such desirable species as yellow perch and bullheads.
         Because of the extensive aquatic weed growth, Buck Pond is more suited to chain pickerel management, than to largemouth bass. The small size of the pond dictates that management should be for only one species of game fish, rather than a combination of the two.  Yellow perch will also be stocked to provide sport for fishermen and also food for the pickerel. This combination is much more capable of producing sustained good fishing than the complicated population which was present before reclamation. This is because very little of the fish production of the pond will be wasted on unusable species or sizes of fish. Buck Pond should be producing good pickerel and yellow perch by 1958 or 1959.

Description
             General Information Buck Pond is a natural great pond. It is one of a series of pond known as the Hampton Ponds. Access is from Mountain Road off Route 202.
            The best time to paddle this little pond is in early to late spring because there is an extensive weed cover.  The shoreline has 40 percent residential homes.  It also boarders a wetland to the southeast.  On the western shore there is some commercial properties. 


 
 
STATISTICS 
Skill Level:             Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      0.8 miles
USGS Map:  Mount Tom, MA (7.5’x15’)
Launch Address:  
 Buck Pond Road, Westfield, MA 01085
Position:    42-10.42 N 72-42.22 W
Boat Launch: Side of road launch. Car top boats only.  No parking except on road.
 
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  25 acres
  • Max depth:         21 feet
  • Average Depth:   feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Homes,City Beach
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1950s
  • 8 species.  Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegills, yellow perch, chain pickerel, black crappie, shiners, and pumpkinseed. (no trout)
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Put In and Take Out: 5.2 miles, 9 min.
From Exit3 US Route 90 (Mass. Turnpike) Westfield
  • After the tollbooths, at the stoplight turn right on Route 202 West, get immediately in left-hand lane.
  • At mile 0.1, turn left on Holyoke Road.
  • At mile 2.0, turn left onto East Mountain Road.  Immediately pass under a railroad bridge.
  • At mile 4.3 , turn left onto Buck Pond Road.  This is a small residential road.
  • At mile 5.2, arrive at put-in on left.  Unload your car top boat carefully and find roadside parking.
 
    
 
    
State Pond Map
Access road
A view of the pond looking south
Car top Launch Area