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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and chain pickerel at Johnson Pond in Rhode Island.

Johnson Pond, RI

Boating, water skiing and fishing are all popular at Johnson Pond, aka Flat River Reservoir, a 650-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Coventry. This winding lake has over fifteen miles of shoreline to explore by canoe, kayak or power boat.

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Johnson Pond is a picturesque freshwater lake located in the southern part of Rhode Island, near the town of Coventry. Covering an area of approximately 650 acres, it offers ample opportunities for fishing and outdoor recreation.

Fishing at Johnson Pond is a favorite pastime for both local anglers and visitors alike. The lake is known for its diverse fish population, providing anglers with a chance to catch various species throughout the year. Among the popular fish species found in Johnson Pond are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass are the prized catches for many anglers at Johnson Pond. These bass species thrive in the lake's waters, offering exciting fishing experiences. Anglers often target them using a variety of lures and baits, including soft plastics, crankbaits, and topwater lures.

Chain pickerel are another prevalent species in Johnson Pond, known for their aggressive strikes and voracious appetites. These toothy predators offer thrilling action for anglers, and they can be caught using a variety of flashy lures and live baits.

Yellow perch and pumpkinseed are popular panfish species that are abundant in Johnson Pond. Anglers, especially those looking for a relaxed and family-friendly fishing experience, enjoy catching these fish using simple rigs and live baits.

Johnson Pond's accessible location and diverse fish population make it an excellent destination for anglers of all skill levels. Whether it's targeting bass, pickerel, or panfish, anglers are sure to have an enjoyable and rewarding fishing experience at this serene Rhode Island lake.

Flat River Reservoir boat ramp, Zeke's Bridge Fishing Access and Water's Edge Campground are three options for launching boats. Fishing enthusiasts can wet a line to catch bass, sunfish, perch and chain pickerel. Much of the lake is surrounded by dense forest and private homes, but adventurous anglers can always find a spot for fishing from the bank.

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Primary fish species residing in Johnson Pond

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Chain pickerel

Johnson Pond Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Besides fishing, Johnson Pond is a great spot for boating and camping. Anglers can explore the lake's tranquil waters, taking in the scenic beauty and wildlife. The lake's camping facilities offer a chance to extend the fishing trip and immerse in the peaceful ambiance of the area.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Zeke's Bridge Fishing Access Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Harkney Hill Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Waters Edge Family Campground - 401 397-4614

Johnson Pond RI Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Johnson Pond
Waters Edge Family Campground
150 Waters Edge
Coventry, RI 02816
401 397-4614


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