Spy Pond, MA


Spy Pond

Town(s): Arlington MA
County: Middlesex

Size: 102 acres
Average Depth: 12 feet
Maximum Depth: 36 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Other Restrictions
Swimming: Unknown

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Located near the heart of Arlington, Massachusetts and right on the Minuteman Bike Path, Spy Pond is one of the great jewels of the Boston area. The pond is separated into two basins by a island in the middle. While the shorelines of Spy Pond are heavily developed, there is a large parcel of city-owned recreational property (Spy Pond Field) on the northeastern end of the pond that offers parking and shore fishing and a wonderful park right on the water (Spy Pond Park). Most of the pond’s shoreline can be waded, and a determined explorer can find access to several small patches of open shore scattered around the pond. Spy Pond was once used to supply ice for much of Boston. The shoreline is owned by the abutters. The water is owned by the State of Massachusetts. The floor of the Pond is owned by Arlington. Elizabeth Island is privately owned.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)

Fishing Comments: Spy Pond is full of fish and has been regularly stocked with tiger muskie fingerlings for more than a decade. In 1996, the largest tiger muskie in the state was caught here and weighted in at 15 lbs. Steel leaders are recommended for anglers who want to target one of these rare trophies. Largemouth bass in particular are numerous and generally above average in size. Yellow and white perch are abundant and can provide fast jigging action for ice fishermen. Try off the south and west sides of the island. In spring and summer, don’t forget the carp. Chum with some corn or bread crusts and be prepared for fast initial runs and long battles. In addition to the species already listed, the pond also has brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, bluegill, golden shiner, alewife, American eel and goldfish as regular residents.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Tiger Muskie, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Carp, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: Although there is no public ramp, car top boats and canoes can be launched from shore near the parking lot.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: Directly off Route 2, Lake Street exit.
Shoreline Development: Unknown