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Hey guys, 

I have been fishing off the shore in north shore MA for a while now, but the same spots are getting old. Right now I go to Martians Pond, Harold Parker State Forrest. Seems like the bite is getting slow; however that could be from over-fishing at the shoreline. Any suggestions for new spots, from guys in this area, where I don't need a boat or kayak? 

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~

I grew up in Mass (Middlesex County) and fished Harold Parker State Forest as a boy.

Moved since then but your post brought back fond memories.

Good Luck

A-Jay

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Thanks A-Jay! I am from Middlesex county as well, Harold Parker is a great area just wish people would stop leaving their trash throughout the park. 

 

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15 hours ago, poppinbass said:

Thanks A-Jay! I am from Middlesex county as well, Harold Parker is a great area just wish people would stop leaving their trash throughout the park. 

 

Well,  we both know that's not going to happen . . . . . .

Some Humans in that part of the country have No Respect for the woods - at all. 

I left there in 1977 - it was bad then - I can only imagine what it looks like now . . .

Get out while you can . . . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

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UUUmm! Fields pond in Harold Parker state park is one of the best bass ponds in all of the north shore.  If this is the one you've been fishing, theres a couple more right across the street, the tiny obvious one, and one behind it is even better. Also Putnumville res. in Danvers is a good shore fishing bass haunt,.. Lynn's Flax pond has some pigs in it, as well as Sluice pond which gets trout stocking has some big bass. Peabody's browns pond is ok, as well as the springs pond reserviors across lynn street from browns.  

A canoe or kayak would open up a new world of bass fishing up on the north shore as many of the better bass waters dont have much shore access.

 I was raised in Peabody and cut my teeth so to speak bass fishing all of the above,.. and then,....middletons bog from a canoe, got bugspray?,..lol  then things progressed to full on obsession

 Good luck

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14 hours ago, "hamma" said:

UUUmm! Fields pond in Harold Parker state park is one of the best bass ponds in all of the north shore.  If this is the one you've been fishing, theres a couple more right across the street, the tiny obvious one, and one behind it is even better. Also Putnumville res. in Danvers is a good shore fishing bass haunt,.. Lynn's Flax pond has some pigs in it, as well as Sluice pond which gets trout stocking has some big bass. Peabody's browns pond is ok, as well as the springs pond reserviors across lynn street from browns.  

A canoe or kayak would open up a new world of bass fishing up on the north shore as many of the better bass waters dont have much shore access.

 I was raised in Peabody and cut my teeth so to speak bass fishing all of the above,.. and then,....middletons bog from a canoe, got bugspray?,..lol  then things progressed to full on obsession

 Good luck

Hey hamma,

Yes I have been at Fields pond for a while now just kind of getting boring there. Im hoping I am able to get a kayak next year so I can gain better access. Thanks for the other reccomendations too I will have to try them out next week. I went to horn pond a few times, decent bite but seems liek with a kayak it would be great there at dusk. 

Thanks again!

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Horn pond in Woburn?  At least I think its Woburn,...Theres some quality bass hiding in its vast weedbeds, I caught a big pig in there from my buddies crawdad, (he was so envious, he stopped taking me there,...lol) Quanipowwitt in Wakefield has some as well, just be aware theres some huge tiger musky in there, willing to steal any bait thrown. The area just across from honey dew doughnuts, will give up a few now and then, and on the completely opposite shore at the park too,.. And since were talking that area, Pillings pond in lynnfield/montrose  used to hold some pigs, and edgewater place's ponds might still have some good bass in them too. If they still let you fish there.

 These are good shore access places I havent been to in over 30 years, and had almost forgotten. But, as I stated in my first reply, dont negate the upper pond in harold parker across the street from fields pond. Its a small pond but used to produce some excellent bass, my best there was around 8 lbs off a J&P. We used to load up the crawdad in the tiny pond, motor over towards the upper ponds dam, remove the batteries and motors and drag the crawdad up the "hill" re-install the gear, then finally get to fish,... but it was worth it. Not only is there good bass in there, this time of year the scenery is awesome, and the ponds seclusion is refreshing compared to fields popularity. This pond can be fished from shore pretty well, just a little walk in. At least there "was" some good casting spots back then, should still be a few.

  If you do get a kayak? put a small lcr on it, and probe fields pond better than any shore fishing can offer there. The channels stumps, boulders ,and submerged laydowns are hiding the big girls. In spring, a perch patterned rapala surface fished, is deadly, and a black/blue jig and pig fished around that cover, anytime of year, can be your best friend.

 The stuff you see that cant reach from shore? Harbor the fish you've previously thought would live there, and the stuff you dont see?,... even better,  I've released back into its murky waters some wallhangers I should of measured, and had replica's made of.  I just refused to possibly kill them by handling and stressing them out to much.

give these a try, and you should be rewarded.

 

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23 hours ago, "hamma" said:

Horn pond in Woburn?  At least I think its Woburn,...Theres some quality bass hiding in its vast weedbeds, I caught a big pig in there from my buddies crawdad, (he was so envious, he stopped taking me there,...lol) Quanipowwitt in Wakefield has some as well, just be aware theres some huge tiger musky in there, willing to steal any bait thrown. The area just across from honey dew doughnuts, will give up a few now and then, and on the completely opposite shore at the park too,.. And since were talking that area, Pillings pond in lynnfield/montrose  used to hold some pigs, and edgewater place's ponds might still have some good bass in them too. If they still let you fish there.

 These are good shore access places I havent been to in over 30 years, and had almost forgotten. But, as I stated in my first reply, dont negate the upper pond in harold parker across the street from fields pond. Its a small pond but used to produce some excellent bass, my best there was around 8 lbs off a J&P. We used to load up the crawdad in the tiny pond, motor over towards the upper ponds dam, remove the batteries and motors and drag the crawdad up the "hill" re-install the gear, then finally get to fish,... but it was worth it. Not only is there good bass in there, this time of year the scenery is awesome, and the ponds seclusion is refreshing compared to fields popularity. This pond can be fished from shore pretty well, just a little walk in. At least there "was" some good casting spots back then, should still be a few.

  If you do get a kayak? put a small lcr on it, and probe fields pond better than any shore fishing can offer there. The channels stumps, boulders ,and submerged laydowns are hiding the big girls. In spring, a perch patterned rapala surface fished, is deadly, and a black/blue jig and pig fished around that cover, anytime of year, can be your best friend.

 The stuff you see that cant reach from shore? Harbor the fish you've previously thought would live there, and the stuff you dont see?,... even better,  I've released back into its murky waters some wallhangers I should of measured, and had replica's made of.  I just refused to possibly kill them by handling and stressing them out to much.

give these a try, and you should be rewarded.

 

Yes horn pond in Woburn and yes pillings I caught a decent size one by the dam on the summer street side. She was hiding under a brush overhang near the concrete wall. Ive seen bass doing belly flops in the middle of pillings when I get a kayak or boat thats one of my first places to go. I have tried quanipowitt a couple times but not on the locations thats you suggested. I will be sure to go there and try those spots. About the tiger muskies, you ever caught one? 

Poppin

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many years ago I slowly trolled a live white perch (which I caught there), and it yielded one, but it wasnt all that big to speak of

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Lynn woods has some great ponds, there is three of them and they all hold decent fish. Behind Gannon golf course is a good place to start.

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6 hours ago, Lunker88 said:

Lynn woods has some great ponds, there is three of them and they all hold decent fish. Behind Gannon golf course is a good place to start.

Thanks lunker, went to harold parker for 40 minutes after work today and nada not even a sign of fish saw a couple other guys there didnt look liek they got anything either. Think ill try some of the suggestions in the thread that i havent been too yet. Golf course sounds promising, is fishing permitted?

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To be honest I'm not sure, I haven't seen any signs for no fishing but i've been fishing there for 10+ years and never had any problems. You should also check out Chebbaco lake in Wenham, there is  boat access and some big lunkers in there. 

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Just got back from quannapowit went to various spots but tried the spot across from honey dew and pulled in two decent sized perch on a rapala crankbait. Thanks for the tip hamma. 

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