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, donít 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.
A REAL FISH STORY!
There is a somewhat well known incident
in which Cotton Mather (of Salem Witch trial infamy) fell into Spy Pond
on 8/15/1716 while fishing for perch. He supposedly contemplated
on this and is reported to have understood it as a sign from God that such
fishing was sinful idleness had is reputed to henceforth have preached
against sport fishing (see "The Founding Fish" by John McPhee, Farrar
Straus & Giroux, New York, 2002).
The following is from Volume I of Vernon
L. Parrington's MAIN CURRENTS IN AMERICAN THOUGHT, 1620-1800 (1927). Which
is available on-line converted to hypertext
Incredible as it may seem, the following
record is authentic, and it falls like a shaft of warm sunshine across
the path of the morbid priest: ". . Now about Dr. C. Mather Fishing in
Spy-pond, falls into the Water, the boat being ticklish, but receives no
hurt." (23) The restless minister who had fished overmuch in troubled waters,
sometimes, it would appear, ventured for perch in Spy Pond.
Reference #23 comes from a contemporanious
I. SAMUEL SEWALL: Diary (printed in Mass.
Hist. Soc. Col., Series 5, Vols- 5-7). No life has been written.