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Deep Pond, Wading River

Fishing Information

Deep Pond is a glacial kettlehole pond located on the Schiff Scout Reservation in Wading River owned by the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Access times are limited (see below). It is one of the few ponds on Long Island with a completely undeveloped shoreline.

The pond offers excellent fishing for yellow perch and chain pickerel. Large individuals of both species are available to the persistent angler. Trout are stocked in the fall. The larger size of the trout helps prevent the chain pickerel from feeding on them. The trout offer a good late fall winter fishery. Some impressive holdover trout have been caught through the ice. Golden shiners and banded killifish are the primary baitfish in the pond.

Physical Features:

Area: 32 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet

Species Present
(naturally reproducing):

Chain Pickerel
Yellow Perch

Species Present (stocked):

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Suffolk County stocking information


Special fishing regulations apply.

Public Access:

Access is through a cooperative agreement between the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the NYSDEC.

Directions: Call 631-444-0280 for a copy of the directions and rules of use.

Restrictions: Public fishing is permitted during the period of September 15th to June 15th from sunrise to sunset Monday through Thursday and sunrise to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Entry to Deep Pond is for fishing only.

A NYSDEC State Land Three-year Seasonal Access Permit (PDF) 463 KB is also required for entry into the pond. Only hand launched boats are permitted as are electric trolling motors. Anglers must sign in and out at the Angler Sign-in Station prior to and after fishing. For more information call the Region One Fisheries Unit at (631) 444-0280.

Health Advisories:

No specific advisory.

Additional Information:

* People requiring printed versions of the permit should contact the Region One Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries at (631) 444-0280. People requiring printed versions of the map should also contact the Region One Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries at (631) 444-0280.