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Lake Nippenicket is a Lake in Bristol, Massachusetts.

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Lake Nippenicket is a 354-acre natural pond known locally as the Nip. Bordering the Hockomock Swamp, it forms the headwaters of the Town River. The lake is located about a half mile west of Route 24, just north of its intersection with Route 495. Due to the surrounding wetlands, the water is heavily tea stained and transparency is only 2.5 feet. The pond is shallow with an average depth of three feet and a maximum depth of only six feet. The bottom is predominantly sand but aquatic vegetation (milfoil, fanwort, algae) is abundant particularly in the north end. Due to the surrounding swamp, residential development has been restricted to the southern half of the 4.8 miles of shoreline.

Fishing Description: 

Lake Nippenicket offers good fishing for an assortment of warmwater species. Bass anglers will particularly enjoy the abundant structure in this lake and the healthy largemouth bass population. Panfishing should also be good, as the yellow perch and black crappie (calicos) are large and fairly abundant. When ice conditions are safe, this lake produces good yellow perch catches and an occasional lunker pickerel. Tiger muskies stocked in 2003 and 2004 should start to reach the legal size limit (28 inches) in 2007-2008. Other nearby ponds are Winnecunnet Pond in Norton and Lake Sabbatia in Taunton.

The fish population was most recently studied during a June 11, 1990 survey. Ten species were collected or observed: yellow perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill, largemouth bass, white perch, black crappie, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, golden shiner and American eel. A large number of quality sized largemouth bass up to 5.5 pounds were captured during the 1990 survey. White sucker and alewife (sea-run) were captured in the 1978 survey.

Facilities and Parks: 

Boat access to the pond is provided by a paved state Public Access ramp with ample parking (40 spaces) located off Route 104 (Pleasant Street) on the southeastern corner of the pond near Lakeside Drive. Canoe and shorefishing access is also available on the western side of the pond through the Harry C. Darling Wildlife Management Area (former Black Mallard Club property) which can be reached by taking Chace Road from Elm Street.

Lake Nippenicket
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