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June 29, 2020:
Talked with Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick who said bass at Congamond Lakes are in summer patterns with many relating to drop-edges, humps, and docks. Different kinds of lures—crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, plastic worms, and topwaters—are working, but anglers have to work a little harder to put together a decent score. Tournaments conducted under COVID-19 precautions have returned to Congamond. A two-day event held recently was won with a very respectable 14+ pounds aggregate. Largemouths scaling 4+ pounds—both caught by the same contestant—won the lunker award each day. Water temperature is in the eighties; weeds are dying; and all three ponds (North, Middle, and South) are producing. Skip thinks the weekly Thursday evening big bass tournament at Congamond Lakes will resume soon.

Previous Reports

  • June 22, 2020 Open or Close

    From what Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick said it seems that largemouth bass fishing at Congamond Lakes isn't quite as easy as it was. Bassmen are still catching pleasing numbers, but apparently they're having to work harder to do so. Skip suggested two factors for the change: (1) Largemouths have completed spawning and are now in kind of a funk, and (2) recent weed and algae control treatments may have had a negative impact on the bass. In many places aquatic vegetation is dying, and that, according to Skip, is not good for largemouth bass. Even the lily pad beds, which have just started growing, have been significantly reduced. Probably the best news is that the bass are beginning to relate to docks. That alone will make them easier to contact. Asked if he'd heard any reports about smallmouth bass, Skip replied that connecting with bronzies now at Congamond Lakes is much more difficult than it was earlier in the spring.

  • June 15, 2020 Open or Close

    Word from Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick is that bass fishing at Congamond Lakes is still good. Largemouths, including big ones, are "all over the place" and hitting just about any bass lure with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic worms, and jigs being very effective. The one change Skip noted is that most of the bass have completed spawning. Those that have just vacated beds aren't feeding wildly yet, but those that have been in post-spawn for a while now are eating anything that moves and some things that don't. Trout have gone deep. Early morning and late evening are the best trout times now.

  • June 8, 2020 Open or Close

    The beat goes on at Congamond. Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick said that bass fishing remains extraordinary at the three-pond complex with astounding numbers of largemouths of all sizes including lunkers feeding and hitting. His best session last week matched the one from the previous week: thirty largies. Most were 2- to-3-pounders, two scaled 4+ pounds; and one weighed 5+ pounds. The smallest checked in at 1.75 pounds. Skip also lost three biggies. He had them all the way to the boat before they opened their mouths, shook their heads, and swam free of the hooks. Skip guessed two weighed 6+ pounds, and the third might have hit the 8-pound mark. All the bass hit Texas-rigged plastic worms in Middle Pond. (He tried a wacky-rigged worm, but it kept hanging up.) A couple days before the thirty-fish outing Skip also "hammered 'em" on the same lure at South Pond.

  • June 1, 2020 Open or Close

    Word from Skip at Saunders Boat Livery, Inc. in Southwick is that bass fishing at Congamond Lakes is excellent. One of his sessions last week produced thirty largemouths. Included were several dinks, many 1- to 2-pounders, several 3-pounders, two 4-pounders, and a 5-pounder. Grubs, crankbaits, and plastic worms all worked. Lots of bass beds are in evidence, but Skip's fish came from structure close to nesting sites not off beds proper. Despite recent algae eradication treatments water clarity is "pretty good" for the time of year. Middle Pond and South Pond were slated for treatments for Eurasian water milfoil and curly leaf pondweed June 1. There are no restrictions regarding boating or fishing as a result of the treatment.

Saunders Boat Livery

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

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