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November 18, 2019:
Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick told us that bass at Congamond Lake are moving around and biting. The fish he's been catching the past week or so have all been on drop edges. He has marked groups of fish in deeper holes but hasn't had much success getting them to strike. In his last two tournaments (November 9 and 16) at Congamond Skip finished in first and second place respectively weighing-in 13-plus pounds for first and 11-plus pounds for second. One of the largemouths he caught in the second contest scaled 4.4 pounds. Tournament lunker in that event was a 5.20-pound largie. One other 5-pound bass was also brought-in. Water temperature registered 45 degrees on the 16th. As of last weekend, no ice was in evidence, and all three ponds (North, Middle, and South) had completed turning over and were clear. Skip reminded readers that he has caught some of his biggest largemouth and smallmouth bass at Congamond in the month of December. In the frigid water the bass aren't aggressive, so using small bottom-hugging lures and fishing very, very slowly, even to the point of dead-sticking, is the key to success. Trout fishing at Congamond Lake has been good.

Previous Reports

  • November 11, 2019 Open or Close

    From Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick we heard that South Pond and Middle Pond of Congamond Lake are turning over. (North Pond has already turned and is in the process of clearing up.) The turn-over is making bass fishing even more difficult. In a recent tournament, for example, many contestants had trouble finding fish. Skip managed to contact five bass, four of which he was able to boat. Those four fish secured fourth place. The winner weighed-in 13+ pounds. His catch included a 4-pound smallmouth and a 4-pound largemouth. Skip also caught a 4-pound largemouth, but another pro captured tournament lunker honors with a 4.04-pounder. Skip added that the bass were not hitting aggressively. Some very nice rainbows are being taken at Congamond Lake. Water temperature last week registered fifty-eight degrees, but by now it should be much colder.

  • November 4, 2019 Open or Close

    Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick told us about participating in a bass tournament at Lake Wickaboag in West Brookfield. Fishing was so poor eight of the ten boats entered failed to catch a single bass. The two pros who finished first and second caught two bass and one bass respectively. (One fish was a nice 3.75-pound bigmouth.) There was no third-place payout because no one else boated any bass. Skip also said bass fishing improved a bit at Congamond Lake especially at North Pond where he's been doing much of his fishing. Some nice size largies are being caught now. In a recent Thursday evening big-bass event, for example, Harold Cote won with a 4.73-pounder; Skip had 3- and 3.25-pounders; and another contestant brought in a 3.21-pounder. Jerkbaits have been working nicely.

  • October 28, 2019 Open or Close

    From Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick we heard that bass fishing at Congamond Lake is very tough, and he doesn't expect it to get any easier from now until ice-over. Most of the fish are still on the small side, but Skip did log a 4.5-pounder to win a Thursday evening big-bass event at Congamond a couple weeks back. He took the lunker on a swim jjg retrieved along a deep drop edge in North Pond. Congamond has been stocked with trout by Connecticut and Massachusetts, but Skip did not see many on top last week. At a major two-weekend, two-day tournament on the Connecticut River, Skip rallied from last place to finish fourth. Three largemouths ranging 1.75 to 2.75 pounds caught in the Oxbow the second Saturday of the event lifted him into the fourth spot. Rick in Milford passed along trout news. Customers have been reeling in lots of freshly stocked trout at Ashland Reservoir, Hopkinton Reservoir, and Pratt Pond. PowerBait's been the number one producer; but a few guys have been using a Joe's Fly Classic Spinner, and one fellow reported landing ten rainbows on night crawlers under a bobber at Pratt Pond. Also at Pratt Pond Pete and his girlfriend picked up two rainbows while fishing off the beach, and Paul Morin bagged a bunch of 'bows on PowerBait fortified with Power juice.

  • October 21, 2019 Open or Close

    Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick told us that bass fishing at Congamond Lake hasn't gotten easier although he has been catching more largemouths now that water has cooled. The problem is that the fish being caught are still small—mostly 1- and 2-pounders. Bigger ones remain absent. Every now and then someone logs a lunker like the 4.5-pounder that won a Thursday evening big-bass event two weeks ago at Congamond, but for the most part the trophy specimens the three-pond complex used to produce regularly have been missing. All the usual lures are working, but white spinnerbaits have been doing quite well recently. He also mentioned sharing the boat one day with lure maker Al Gagliarducci (Al Gag).They did fine, each catching several 1- to 2-pound largies. Al's Underspin out-fished all other offerings. Asked about trout, Skip answered he has seen small groups on the surface. Congamond was stocked by Connecticut two weeks back, and Middle Pond was stocked by Massachusetts last week.

Saunders Boat Livery

Saunders Boat Livery
Rte 168
Southwick, MA 01077
phone: 413-569-9080

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