Shaw Pond is located in the Berkshires on the Becket / Otis border just off of Route 8. The 100 acre warm water pond has a maximum depth of approximately 19 feet and can be fished from the shore and by boat. Ice fishing on Shaw Pond is very popular in the winter months as well.
Species Of Fish Found In Shaw Pond
Shaw Pond was surveyed in 1982 and according to the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries & Wildlife the following species of fish were present in Shaw Pond;
- Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Chain Pickerel
- Yellow Perch
- Brown Bullhead
- Golden Shiner
- White Sucker
- Common Shiner
- Black Crappie
- Bridled Shiner
- Tessellated Darter
- Northern Pike
Fishing Shaw Pond From Shore
Unless you are fortunate enough to own a lake house, your best bet for catching fish in Shaw Pond from the shore is to park your car in the boat ramp parking lot which is located just off of Route 8, and fish from there. Shaw Pond is a great place to take your kids fishing because you can just about guarantee that they will catch pan fish all day long fishing with live worms and a bobber.
For the more serious angler, you’ll want to use a floating Rapala
or a Yum Money Craw to go after the largemouth bass and chain pickerel that are lurking underneath the lily pads. You’ll also have good luck using medium shiners (under 4 inches long) and a bobber. I tend to keep about two feet of line between the minnow and the bobber which I will then adjust based on the water level and depth at which the fish seem to be striking.
Ice Fishing In Shaw Pond
I’ve had the most luck ice fishing on Shaw Pond using tip ups baited with medium sized shiners. The larger bass and pickerel seem to be located in the deeper water which I can only describe as being accessible by walking on a diagonal from the boat ramp towards Camp Lenox and stopping about 3/4 of the way there. You can also jig for perch using drone fly larvae which are referred to as “mousies.”
Fishing Shaw Pond By Boat
Shaw Pond is not stocked with trout and to the best of my knowledge does not contain native trout so don’t try trolling for them! Your best bet is to go after the largemouth bass by scouting around for lily pad beds and submerged timber as bass prefer this type of cover. Cast towards the shoreline coverage, I would again recommend that you use either a floating Rapala or a Yum Money Craw.