Bates Power Reservoir

Last Updated: 3/2018
       This shallow, weedy pond is a typically good habitat for chain pickerel, which require weeds for spawning purposes and for cover for
feeding and loafing. Although weed growths make summer fishing difficult, they offer little or no problem to the ice fishermen or to
spring or fall anglers. Since these are the best seasons to harvest pickerel, because of their feeding habits, it can be seen that extensive weed growths need not eliminate good fishing, at least in the case of chain pickerel.
       In recent years, however, Bates Power Reservoir has not provided good pickerel fishing, mostly because of their small size. Competition from other fishes present kept the pickerel growing slowly so that only a small percentage ever reached legal size.


        This is a very shallow, weedy, artificial pond.
Skill Level:  Class 1 - Flat water
Estimated Time:    1 hour
Distance around lake:  1.2 mile

Nearest Address:  
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Position:  42-34.05 N 72-09.27 W
USGS Map:  Athol, MA
It is accessible from Blakes Corner Road and by foot from Athol Road. There is a boat livery present. Access is extremely difficult! Hiking in to the dam area is bush-wacking through the woods.

Physical Features:
  • Area:                 34 acres
  • Max depth:        4 feet
  • Average Depth:    feet
  • Transparency:      feet
  • Terrain Type:  Woods, Weeds, Wetlands, One house
Fish Population
  • Last survey Unknown
  • Stocking History - Brown bullheads (4,990; 1928-51)' chain pickerel (259; 1941-51), white perch (500; 1946), yellow perch (500; 1946), black crappie (500; 1946). Also 740 4. 0" to 12. 0" chain pickerel in October, 1956. 

Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 1.5 miles, 5 minutes):
From Exit 19 of Route 2 towards Phillipston/Winchendon

  1. Head southwest on Route 2A West/Route 202 South toward Brooks Village Road/Carruth Road
  2. At mile 1.4, turn sharp left onto Athol Road.
  3. At mile 1.5, pull over at trail to the dam launch area.
State Pond Map