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Southards Pond, Babylon

Southards Pond is part of the Carll's River system located in Babylon Town Park.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 10 feet
Area: 19 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.87 miles
Maximum depth: 5 feet
Town: Babylon

Access:

Babylon Village, Shoreline access. Access is via many dirt footpaths located around the perimeter of the pond. Wading is permitted. The south shoreline offers the easiest access.

Directions: Southards Pond lies just south of Sunrise Highway (Rt. 27) in Babylon.

Restrictions: Boats are prohibited, but shoreline access is available. Park is closed dusk to dawn.

Fish Species:

Naturally reproducing - Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Carp

Stocked - Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout. Suffolk County stocking information.

Fishing:

It contains the usual Long Island assortment of resident warmwater species (see list above) and, in addition, it is stocked with trout to provide seasonal fishing opportunities in the cooler months. Southards Pond regularly yields large yellow perch to early season anglers.

Thanks to the undeveloped parkland surrounding the pond, it is a scenic refuge. Wading is easy on the south end of the pond but can be treacherous on the north end due to the soft bottom.

Regulations:

Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor 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.