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Last Updated: 4/2016
 Fishing
       Each spring Hardwick Pond is stocked with trout for early season anglers. Pressure seems to be light to moderate during that time frame. After the peak interest in trout subsides, Hardwick Pond is capable of supporting hours of fishing for largemouth bass and chain pickerel. It is one of the better producing black crappie (“calico”) ponds in the area. A large assortment of sunfish species will entertain those interested in just catching fish for hours.

Description
      Limnologically, the pond is classed as mesotrophic, with a variety of aquatic plants common along much of the shore area, particularly at the shallower northern (inlet) end.  Approximately 50% of the shoreline is developed with summer cottages and several year-round residences 


STATISTICS
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       2.3 miles
Nearest Address:   
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Position:  42-18.63 N 72-14.50 W
USGS Map: North Brookfield, MA  
Access: 
Boats can be launched at the public ramp (paved) off Greenwich Road on the east shore adjacent to the outlet.  Parking space is available for approximately 12 vehicles. 

Physical Features:
  • Area:                67.2 acres
  • Max depth:         20 feet
  • Average Depth:  11 feet
  • Transparency:     feet
  • Terrain Type: Wooded, Homes
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1994
  • 12 species:  Twelve species were found, including rainbow trout, which had been stocked that spring. Gamefish present include largemouth bass and chain pickerel. Yellow perch, black crappie, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, red breasted sunfish, bluegill, and pumpkinseeds compose the panfish fauna, while other fish present include white suckers and golden shiners.




Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 12.1 miles, 23 minutes):
From Exit 8 Palmer of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90)
  1. After the tollbooths, turn left at the stop light onto Route 32 North/Thorndike Street.
  2. At mile 7.3, turn left onto Gould Road.
  3. At mile 8.0, turn right onto Belchertown Road/West Main Street.
  4. At mile 8.3, turn left onto Eagle Street.
  5. At mile 8.9, turn right onto Willow Street.
  6. At mile 9.0, turn left onto Greenwich Road.
  7. At mile 11.9, turn right onto Hardwick Pond Road.
  8. The road is a narrrow and paved.  It curves to the right.  At mile 12.1, arrive at the boat ramp.


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