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Cape Cod Fishing Spots: Scargo Lake Dennis, MA

Scargo Lake in Dennis is the only regularly stocked trout pond in the Town of Dennis. I grew up near here and spent many Spring days here fishing for trout and smallmouth bass.

Scargo Lake is a 53-acre natural kettlehole pond. Sometimes called Scargo Pond, it has an average depth of 25 feet and a maximum depth of 48 feet (according to the State, but it is known to have active spring holes that are much deeper). Visibility is very good as the lake tends to be clear and there is not alot of aquatic vegetation.

The shoreline is moderately developed but the entire shore can be walked by wading.

The pond is located between Route 6A and Scargo Hill Road, and is easily reached off of Route 6A via Fisherman’s Landing on the Northwest side where there is a small boat ramp which is suitable for launching light draft boats and canoes. (Note: There is a 7.5 horsepower Maximum limit on outboard motors.)

The pond has a small stream on the NNE end. There is a big hole located near the this stream and this is usually a good spot to try. The whole Northern side of the pond is good fishing especially when there is an onshore breeze. This area of the pond can be accessed via Dr. Lord’s Road Extention off Rt. 6A. (see map)

Smallmouth bass were stocked here in 1980. It is stocked every year (in both Spring and Fall) with trout.

Fish: Brook trout, Rainbow trout, Brown trout, smallmouth bass, a few largemouth bass and White perch.

Scargo Lake Legends:

One legend says the lake is the creation of Maushop (the giant guardian of the Wampanoag tribe, aka Michabo), who dug a hole deep and broad enough for its fifty-three acres, and then while he rested lit a pipe that brought on dark clouds and rain enough for all the brown and rainbow trout.

Other legends tell the tale of Princess Scargo, the daughter of a sachem (indian chief). She once had a gift of fingerlings that swam inside a pumpkin. Fearful that they would die, she had the squaws of her tribe dig (with clam shells) a large hole and the braves dance in prayer to the gods of rain. Then she took the pumpkin filled with fish and placed it at the center of the hole. Suddenly rain fell so hard that it filled the hole.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 03/30/06
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Scargo is the best, went there this summer caught like 25 bass over a week at this beach with green pumpkin power worm.

Posted by JDL from Cape Cod on 11/12/07 at 05:15 PM | #

I grew up on dr lords rd and fished scargo for many years. There are huge trout especially when herring spawn in scargo from sesuit harbor. The juvenille herring make outstanding bait and cause the trout to grow rapidly. I’ve caught rainbows over 4 lbs with over 25 herring in thier stomachs. This was 20 yrs ago and now this bait is illegal. Of course something that mimics those herring would also work. At night we’d see browns crusing that were almost 3 ft. It’s a great place to fish year round.

Posted by steven schott from scargo lake on 09/03/09 at 12:59 AM | #

As a kid we spent a lot of time in West Dennis and Scargo Lake always made for a great day of swiming and rowing in the old rubber boat.  I caught many smallmouth at Scargo.  The water is crystal clear & the fish healty as can be.  Going for a swim along the dropoffs with a diving mask is a great experience.  You will see many, many fish.  Lots of great memories.

Posted by Tim from Raynham, MA on 02/23/10 at 08:16 AM | #

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