Bass – Enchanted Pond (VA)

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On my way to Pohick Bay Regional Park, I took the short detour to check out Enchanted Pond. This small, 1 acre body of water is tucked into the larger Meadowood Recreation Area and sits on the south side of Gunston Road opposite Pohick Bay Regional Park. The park has an extensive trail system that wanders through the woods, but you don’t need to walk far to fish the pond. Instead, park at the gate on Gunston road and walk 50 yards to reach the pond.

There isn’t much to it. Except for a brief window between the bushes on the northeast side and a 25 yard strip to the south, the pond is totally protected by dense, bushy vegetation. As I approached the gap in the bushes, I noticed a small red fox creeping on the open terrain to grab a drink. He saw me and we stared each other down until he decided to retreat.

I quickly moved around the pond to his spot and fan casted where I could, fishing small poppers and streamers. Except for a few hits on the popper from sunfish, nothing exciting was going on until I saw some large dark shapes cruising in the center.

Grass carp! Monsters! These guys had to be 4 feet long and were not concerned that they revealed themselves to me. They are protected in the pond by the regulations and, as a result, have grown to enormous size. They never came within casting range although that would not have made much difference since I have never been able to figure out how to catch a carp. I imagine if I had hooked up with one of these beasts, the ensuing fight would’ve gone on for half an hour.

Bottom Line: Not a destination, but worth a stop.

Getting There: To reach Pohick Bay, take I-95 south of the Beltway, exit at Lorton. Turn left on Lorton Rd. At the 3rd traffic light, turn right onto Lorton Market Street. Follow Lorton Market Street to the first light which will be Rt. 1. Cross over Rt. 1, onto Gunston Rd. The pond is about 1.5 miles from the intersection.

Google Local Coordinates: 38.670434,-77.19151

Secrets Revealed? Maybe. I just stumbled across it as part of a larger park. It is noted on the park map.

Date Fished: 5/11/12

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View through the gap to the open area

Right from the gap

Open area looking northeast

Open area looking northwest

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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