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aka Electric Pond

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Last Updated: 4/2017
 Fishing
      Dark Brook Reservoir is a good spot to go to if you desire some leisurely shore fishing for panfish. It appears to be a fairly good pond for black crappie. The occasional big largemouth bass is caught here, but for the most part, bass fishing can only be rated as average. While few pike or muskies have ever been caught here, these are long lived fish and the possibility always exists for a trophy catch.
    

Description
      Also called “Electric Pond,” this  warm water reservoir offers good access for both shore and boat fishing. Sporadic fish sampling over the years indicated the typical mixed warm water species complex.
      Watercolor is on the dark side as evidenced by a transparency of only three feet.
         The Massachusetts Turnpike at be quite noisy.  There is plenty of room to travel under the highway through the culvert. Ignoring the traffic, the paddle can be fun.
         The South Basin is very shallow and weeds up.  Consider only paddling this section in the early part of the year.


STATISTICS
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    3 hours
Total Distance:         7.2 miles
            North Basin:   3.5 miles
            Middle Basin: 2.2 mile
            South Basin:  1.5 miles
             
Nearest Address:  
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Position: 42-11.09 N 71-52.12 W
USGS Map:  Worcester South
Access:
 A cinder ramp is located off West Street across from the Randall School. Although the Massachusetts Turnpike bisects the pond, boats can easily travel through the culvert for fishing on either side of the pike. The boat ramp is closed for trailer launching.
  
Physical Features:
  • Area:             386 acres
    North Basin:   171 acres
    Middle Basin: 157 acres
    South Basin:    58 acres
  • Max depth:         16 feet
  • Average Depth:    8 feet
  • Transparency:      3 feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Wetlands, Homes, Interstate Highway
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 9 species:  largemouth bass, brown bullheads, black crappie, white perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, yellow perch, golden shiners and yellow bullheads. Chain pickerel are also known to be present. A stocking of tiger muskies went into the reservoir in 1981. Northern pike were stocked here in 1987 and 1990. 

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 1.3 miles, 4 minutes):
From Exit 10 Auburn/ Worcester of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. At mile 0.3, Keep right, follow signs for Route 12 South/Route 20 West/Charlton/Sturbridge and merge onto Route 12 South
  2. At mile1.1, at stop light, turn right onto West Street.
  3. At mile 1.3, boat ramp will be on your right across the street from the fire fighting training tower building 
    
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