East Waushacum Pond

Last Updated: 3/2018
       This pond has long been a local favorite noted for its lack of fishing pressure and relative abundance of both smallmouth and largemouth bass. It produces trophy smallmouths in excess of 4 pounds every season. Look for them in the rocky, hard bottom areas around the island on the west side. Largemouth Bass are more abundant, but rarely exceed 4 pounds. Look for them in and around the limited weedy areas in the southeastern cove. One of this pond's
best kept secrets are its large bluegills, many of which approach 3/4 of a pound. White perch are uncommon, but occasionally a fish exceeding 12 inches is caught. East Waushacum Pond has produced Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, and White Perch that meet minimum sizes for recognition by the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program.


        The water is relatively clear, with visibility extending to 10 feet or more except during summer algae blooms. he bottom is composed primarily of soft muck, but there are significant areas of sand, gravel and rocks, particularly surrounding the small island near the western shore.
       The shoreline is heavily developed with summer camps, most of which have been expanded and converted into permanent homes during the past few decades, but the southern side remains wooded and quite scenic thanks to a railroad track. 
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Distance around lake:  2.8 miles

Nearest Address:  
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Position:  42-24.95 N 71-44.60 W
USGS Map: Sterling, MA and Hudson, MA
The town recreation area, located off Sweat Hill Road on the northeastern end of the pond offers canoe and car top boat access via a shallow draft dirt ramp, but parking may be impossible for other than town residents during the summer swimming season. 

Physical Features:
  • Area:               190 acres
  • Max depth:         40 feet
  • Average Depth:  15 feet
  • Transparency:    10 feet
  • Terrain Type:  Houses, Island, Railroad Track, Woods
Fish Population
  • Last survey 1982
  •  11 species :  This pond contains the usual warmwater assortment: largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, white perch, smallmouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseeds, yellow bullheads and golden shiners. Presumably, black crappie and brown bullheads are also present.

Put-In/Take-Out Directions (3.6  miles, 8 minutes):
From Exit 6 of Route 190 - Sterling/Clinton

  1. At the end of the ramp, turn south on Route 12
  2. At mile 1.8, in the middle of Sterling, turn left onto Maple Street.
  3. At mile 2.2, turn right onto Kendall Hill Road.
  4. ​At mile 2.6, turn right to stay on Kendall Hill Road.
  5. At mile 3.3, turn right onto Swett Hill Road.
  6. At mile 3.5, turn right at the first cross street onto North Cove Road.
  7. Enter the town recreation area for car top launch.

State Pond Map