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Oyster Bay Mill Pond

Oyster Bay Mill Pond is one of the few public freshwater fishing spots on the north shore of Nassau County.

Physical Features:

Area: 20 acres
Maximum depth: 5 feet

Access:

Pond is located on a United States Fish and Wildlife Preserve.

Directions: Located in the village of Oyster Bay south of West Shore Road. Park on the south side of West Shore Road east of the pond or in Roosevelt Memorial Park and walk to the pond.

Restrictions: Boats are prohibited, but shoreline access is available.

Fish Species:

Natural reproducing:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Carp
  • Brown Bullhead
  • American Eel

Stocked:

  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout

Fishing:

Most people fish Oyster Bay Mill Pond for the trout that are stocked in the spring and the fall. There is also a good population of largemouth bass in the lake, but they tend to be small (less than 12 inches). A few carp are present. There are also a few bullhead in the lake up to about 15 inches. The lake can become difficult to fish during the summer due to heavy growth of water chestnut. Water chestnut grows out of the water creating dense mats of vegetation that anglers cannot fish through. Targeting the edges of these mats should reward bass anglers with some fish.

Invasive Species:

Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant native to Eurasia and Africa. During the summer, the leaves of the plant form dense mats on the water surface that can be difficult or nearly impossible to fish through. The fruits of the plant are hard nut with sharp, barbed spines that can painful wounds if stepped on.

Please help prevent the spread of invasive species. After visiting a waterbody, take an extra moment to remove any plant debris that you see on your clothing, or fishing gear. If you use waders in a waterbody where invasive species exist, it is best to wash them and allow the waders to dry completely before wearing them in another waterbody.

For more information on this subject, visit DEC's Aquatic Invasive Species webpage.

Regulations:

The New York Fishing Regulations website has the Special fishing regulations that apply (link leaves DEC's website).

Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch:

Visit NYS Department of Health website (link leaves DEC's website) for health advice on eating fish you catch. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Long Island freshwater waterbodies.