It’s no secret that Fall River is home to some excellent fishing spots. Most notable is the Watupa Pond, where numerous fishing tournaments are held throughout the year. However, the pond I want to talk about today has some incredible, untapped fishing. Cook Pond (N 41.675276, W -71.171665), located on the south end of Fall River, is a well known pond which holds a very subtle fishing reputation. The easiest way to find one of these remote, fishable areas of the pond is to travel down Henry Street in Fall River. Henry Street should merge into a dirt road, which you will follow for about 200 feet. At the end of the road is a parking lot and boat ramp. To the right and left of the parking lot, a path should be visual in each direction. Either of them will lead you to some great fishing from shore.
Two of the more notable spots on the lake are accessible by this parking lot. First, if you leave the boat ramp and head straight to the other side of the pond you will notice some large rocks sticking out of the water (N 41.67766, W -71.175742). The water is about 7ft deep in this area and between the rocks is a nice hiding spot for bass to ambush their prey. There are many ways to fish this area and be successful. One of my favorites is to wacky rig a Senko and let it run down the side of the rocks. Normally on the fall, the bass will strike.
You will find the second hotspot if you head to the right when you pull out of the boat ramp (N 41.678037, W -71.169455). You will see large area, with roughly an 80ft radius, of water that is only about 2ft deep. As the water starts to heat up and fish move into the shallows, this becomes an incredible spot, where I have caught record size bass. From this area, I have caught a 9lb 1oz Smallmouth Bass by using Rage Tail Space Monkey, a popular bass-fishing bait. This area gets flooded with both large and small mouth bass around mid-day. Spoons have also been notably successful in this area. Bass can’t seem to resist the flutter of a spoon on a hot day.
Cook Pond harbors more of these fantastic fishing spots across its surface and along the shoreline. These are just two of my favorites. Cook Pond currently may not be known for its quality fishing, but this is a result of the isolation. There are some monster bass lurking in the water. So head out there and break a state record, but don’t forget…catch and release.