- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for Take MassWildlife’s bathymetry data on your next ice fishing trip!
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
If you’re fishing on one of the 168 Massachusetts ponds with digital bathymetry information, you can use your mobile device to access a pond map and see this depth information in real time as you walk. Gone are the days of drilling a hole only to find you’ve hit a shallow, weedy area. By using the My Location feature on the map, you can target fish species based on depth. Jigging for perch? Find a depth where the fish are feeding and then follow that depth around the lake. Want to target bass or pickerel? Stick to flats or edges of drop-offs.
To get started, go to Mass.gov/pondmaps. Locations with a yellow border indicate ponds with digital bathymetry. Zoom into any one of these locations for depth information. If you’re at a pond, click the My Location button (looks like a circle or crosshair, see image above) to show your movements in real time. Digital bathymetry data for new ponds are added all the time. Ponds without digital bathymetry still offer valuable information about the waterbody. Click any point on the map to see details about access and fish populations for that waterbody along with a pdf bathymetric map.
Always consider ice to be potentially dangerous, and review these ice strength and safety tips before you head out.
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