Cook Pond Fall River, MA

It’s no secret that the Fall River is home to great fishing spots. The most notable is Watupa Pond, where numerous fishing tournaments are held throughout the year. However, the pond I want to talk about today has some amazing untapped fishing. Cook Pond (N 41.675276, W -71.171665), located at the southern end of the Fall River, is a well-known pond that has a reputation for very fine fishing. The easiest way to find one of these remote areas of the pond where you can fish is to travel down Henry Street in Fall River. Henry Street should merge onto a dirt road, which you will follow for about 200 feet. At the end of the street is a parking lot and boat ramp. To the right and left of the parking lot, a path should be visible in each direction. Any one of them will lead you to some great fishing from the shore.

Two of the most notable places on the lake are accessible by this parking lot. First, if you exit the boat ramp and head straight across the pond, you’ll notice some large rocks sticking out of the water (N 41.67766, W -71.175742). The water is about 7 feet deep in this area and between the rocks there is a good hiding place for the bass to ambush their prey. There are many ways to fish in this area and be successful. One of my favorites is to put together a Senko and let it run down the side of rocks. Normally, on the descent, the bass will hit.

You will find the second access point if you head to the right when you come off the boat ramp (N 41.678037, W -71.169455). You will see a large area, about 80 feet in radius, of water that is only about 2 feet deep. As the water starts to warm up and the fish move into the shallows, this becomes an amazing spot, where I have caught record sized bass. From this area, I caught a 9-pound, 1-ounce Smallmouth Bass using Rage Tail Space Monkey, a popular bait for bass fishing. This area becomes inundated with largemouth and smallmouth bass around noon. Spoons have also been remarkably successful in this area. Bass can’t seem to resist the flapping of a spoon on a hot day.

Cook Pond is home to more of these great fishing spots on its surface and along the shoreline. These are just two of my favorites. Cook Pond may not currently be known for its quality fishing, but this is a result of isolation. There are some monster bass lurking in the water. So head on over and break a state record, but don’t forget… catch and release.

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