Ashfield Lake
aka Great Lake

Last Updated:7/2018
            This is primarily a local fishing spot, providing excellent summer bullhead fishing and good perch jigging action during early winter. The stocked trout attract some fishing pressure during the spring months, and judging by the fact that big browns are occasionally reported caught here, at least some trout appear to hold over from season to season. The bass population is not particularly abundant, but it contains a number of large fish. Anglers seeking the bass in summer should come equipped with weedless' surface lures or rubber worms, as the abundant vegetation virtually rules out other terminal tackle. (1993) 
         This quiet little pond is conviently located near the center of Ashfield.  There is nothing exceptional but you should be aware that aquatic vegetation is abundant, covering up to 80% of the surface by late summer.  Early to late spring may be the best time to visit.  The bottom is composed of silt and gravel.
             The shoreline here is moderately developed with seasonal and permanent homes.  Public access is provided by a county right of way located off Route 116. It is suitable for shorefishing and the launching of cartop boats and canoes. 
Ashfield Early History
             Ashfield was first settled in 1743 and was officially incorporated in 1765. The town was originally called "Huntstown" for Captain Ephraim Hunt, who died in King William's War, and who had inherited the land as payment for his services. The first permanent settlement was in 1745, by Richard Ellis, an Irish immigrant from the town of Easton. The town was renamed upon reincorporation, although there is debate over its namesake; it is either for the ash trees in the area, or because Governor Bernard had friends in Ashfield, England. The town had a small peppermint industry in the nineteenth century, but for the most part the town has had a mostly agrarian economy, with some tourism around Ashfield Pond.
Skill Level:            Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Total Distance:      1.3 miles
USGS Map:   Ashfield, MA (7.5’x15’)
Physical Features:
  • Area:                  38 acres
  • Max depth:         20 feet
  • Average Depth:   7 feet
  • Transparency:    12 feet
  • Terrain Type: Park, Homes, Roadway close to water
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1980
  • 8 species: largemouth bass, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, black crappie, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, white sucker and golden shiner.  The pond is stocked with trout every spring. 
State Pond Map
Ashfield Lake Launch
Position: 42-31.75 N 72-48.05 W​
Boat Launch:
Public Boat ramp next to Belding Memorial Park.
Nearest Launch Address:
265 Main St, Ashfield, MA 01330
Put-In Directions (5.4 miles, 14 minutes):
From Interstate 91, Exit 24 Whately:
  1. At the end of the ramp take Route 5 North toward South Greenfield/Conway.
  2. At mile 1.1, turn left at stoplight, onto Route 116 Conway/Ashfield.
  3. Follow this winding road through the town of Conway and all the way to Ashfield.
  4. After passing through town and out the other side, at mile 14.4, arrive at park and boat ramp.

From the park entrance, follow this gravel way to the boat ramp.
There was over 20 kayaks and canoes from locals next to this gravel boat ramp.  There is a 5 hp limit on motor boats.
A beautiful clean and well kept town beach.
A view of the lake.