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Last Updated: 1/2016
Fishing
       This pretty little mountain pond has historically suffered from a combination of low production and stunting of panfish. Golden shiners, pumpkinseed and yellow perch dominate the water and growth rates for bass and pickerel are below average. At least a few large bass or pickerel are taken each year, however, so persistence can pay off. Best option is probably to fish this pond during winter, setting out four tilts while jigging for perch. While big perch are uncommon, there seems to be an ample supply in the 8 to 10 inch size range. 
 
Description
      Some homes are perched along the west bank, leaving the rest of the shoreline a combination of forest, rocky, small islands, and wetlands. Hill rise both east and west the well above the pond.

 
    
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:       1.7 miles
USGS Map:     Ashfield, MA (7.5’x15’)
Nearest Address:  670 W Main St, Plainfield, MA 01070

Boat Launch:     Boat Ramp is dirt located on Route 8A.
Position:  42-32.39 N 72-57.50 W
 
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  57 acres
  • Max depth:          9 feet
  • Average Depth:   5 feet
  • Transparency:     9 feet
  • Terrain Type: Mostly forest with road and a few homes.
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1981
  • 7 species are present: chain pickerel, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and golden shiners.  Northern pike are also present in this pond. 
   
Put-In/Take-Out (26.9 miles, about 45 minutes)
  • Take Interstate 91 north.
  • Take Exit 19 in Northampton and follow Route 9 West for 17.5 miles through Northampton, Florence, Williamsburg, Goshen.
  • At mile 17.5, turn right onto Shaw Road. (The road becomes Willcutt Road and then Cummington Road.) Follow it to the end.
  • At mile 20.6, when the road ends, turn left on Route 116 North, Plainfield Road.
  • Follow Route 116 through Plainfield passing the Town Hall and White Church on right.
  • At mile 26.9, the pond, beach, and then boat ramp will be on your right.

Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
       Located within Hawley, Plainfield and Savoy, the 7,882 acre northern hardwood and spruce-fir forest offers 35 miles of mixed-use trails, six miles of hiking trails and one mile interpretive trail around Hallockville Pond. Discover an abundance of historic sites including cellar holes from the abandoned village of South Hawley; Moody Springs; a rare fieldstone "beehive" charcoal kiln; and remains of mill complex at Hallockville Pond.
Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
Trail Map
State Pond Map
Town Beach
Boat Ramp