Freshwater fishing areas of interest to kayak fishermen and other smallboat fishermen in the Boston area include Horn Pond in Woburn, convenient to routes 93, 95 and 128 and about a half mile from Woborn Center.
Maximum depth of the pond is 10 feet. Visibility in the pond gets gets reduced to about 6 feet given the various algae blooms and microorganisms that thrive in this warm shallow lake. It’s a good place to fish; much of the immediate shoreline has been retained for public access and includes a ramp, useful to sit-on-top kayak fishing enthusiasts, at the south end of the pond, just west of the outlet.
One thing to keep in mind is that the local police are pretty strict about parking regulations. They close at ramp at eight p.m. Be sure to clear out before then so you don’t get towed or ticketed.
The are numerous species to catch here, based on the last time the pond was surveyed during the early nineties. Surveyors from the Massachusetts Department Fish and Wildlife report yellow perch, largemouth, bluegill and chain pickerel and Golden shiners car.
You’ll also find white suckers, the occasional brook trout and black crappie. The pond’s yellow perch are sure to be a good source of amusement for your kid. You can also expect rainbow and brown trout stocked each year by the state; the bite on both can be quite good during the caddis fly hatch of early spring and late fall. In fact, Horn Pond is one of the most heavily-fished trout ponds in the Boston area.
Not surprising, given the pond’s proximity to major highways and its good trout fishing during the spring and fall, fishing pressure can be rather heavy here on warm spring and fall weekends.
And the limited amount cold water in the thermocline during the summer really means you need to time your trout before the pond gets soupy and warm. So it’s doubtful that you’ll have much luck on trout during the summer, or on the brood stock salmon the state drops into the pond.
During the winter, Horn Pond offers good fish fishing if you venture out across its surface with creepers, tip-ups and flags.
Best bass fishing after the trout fishermen have left is late spring and summer nights. At night, bullhead and carp also become active. If you enjoy chain pickerel and yellow perch, head out here during the winter with your ice auger and tipups.
Horn Pond, at barely over a hundred acres, is a good after work and before work spot. It holds a wide variety of panfish and other species, including a healthy population of stocked trout. It’s one of those nice, tucked-away spots fished mostly by locals. And if you bring a kid here to fish from a jonboat, kayak or canoe, the day will prove a good one.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation