Examining Martha’s Vineyard’s Mill Pond

MVTimes.com: The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is 4 days old. For most Island fishermen, their focus is on saltwater fishing.

I doubt that many fishermen driving to one of the fabled up-Island bass spots will barely give Mill Pond in West Tisbury a thought. But there is a connection between that beloved scenic mud puddle and the striped bass that are synonymous with Martha’s Vineyard.

The Mill Pond is a critical link in a stream system that begins in Chilmark, meanders down through several manmade impoundments, and ends in a cove of Tisbury Great Pond in West Tisbury. At one time, the free-flowing stream helped sustain a natural population of eels, herring, perch, trout and other species.

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