Greenwater Pond in Becket, Massachusetts is an 88 acre trout pond that is located in between the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 20. Greenwater Pond is approximately 58 feet deep at its deepest point and has an average depth of about 23 feet. I had always been under the impression that Greenwater Pond was quite shallow, but upon visiting there this past week came to realize that Greenwater Pond only appears to be shallow because the water is incredibly clear.
Species Of Fish Found In Greenwater Pond
Greenwater Pond is stocked each year with trout. The trout seem to be able to survive from one year to the next because the pond is not heavily fished and the water remains cool enough to support the trout population throughout the year. As such, it is possible to catch brown trout in the 3 lb – 5 lb range. You will also find smallmouth bass, perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, carp, and shiners in Greenwater Pond.
Catching Trout In Greenwater Pond
Although Greenwater Pond is stocked each year with trout there is extremely limited public access to the water. One side of the pond borders the Mass Pike and is therefore unaccessible and most of the land on the Route 20 side of Greenwater Pond is privately owned. Having said that, there is some parking available on the side of the road across from the pond. I’ve marked a good parking location on the map with the letter “P.” Park there, and carefully cross the road. There is a steady drop leading towards the deepest part of the lake where you can fish from shore that I’ve marked with the letter “F.”
I would recommend that you fish with a 1/6th ounce Thomas Buoyant, or an Eppinger Dardevle of equivalent size. If you are using live bait, stick to trout worms and fish them from the bottom. Switch to a bobber rig if the trout are striking closer to the surface. I’ve also had success catching trout in Greenwater Pond using Berkley PowerBait.
There is a boat ramp at Greenwater Pond that can be used by the public. The boat ramp, marked “B” on the map, is located right before Greenwater Drive. Be forewarned however that it is washed out, and can only support the launch of a fairly small boat. It would however be very easy to launch a canoe or kayak from the boat ramp as there is parking available alongside of the road.
If you do manage to get a boat in the water then you could try your luck at trolling for trout. As of this writing however, (late May of 2015) the water at the boat ramp is VERY shallow so be sure to use caution when launching your boat as to not damage it. There is a sandbar (visible from the map) further out in the pond that you’ll want to watch out for as well.
Ice fishing for trout on Greenwater Pond is quite popular in the winter months. For safety’s sake you should park near the boat ramp and drag your gear across the pond using an ice fishing sled. I do not recommend parking along Route 20 when Ice Fishing as this could prove to be very dangerous if you’re trying to carry lots of gear while crossing the highway. When ice fishing on Greenwater Pond, try to set tip ups near the deeper parts of the pond baited with small or medium shiners. MassWildlife has a depth map of Greenwater Pond, click here to check it out.