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North and South Sandy Ponds

North and South Sandy Pond are located four miles west of the town of Sandy Creek in Oswego County. North Sandy Pond is basically a large bay off from Lake Ontario. The ponds are separated from Lake Ontario by the Sandy Pond Beach Natural Area, a unique barrier beach system consisting of a sand beach, dunes and wetlands.

Physical Features

Elevation: 574 feet
Area: 2,400 acres (North), 295 acres (South)
Length: 3.6 miles (North), 1 mile (South)
Maximum Width: 2.1 miles (North), .5 miles (South)
Maximum Depth: 13 feet (North), 25 feet (South)

Plant Life

North Sandy Pond, with its shallow average depth has very good weed growth throughout the pond. South Sandy Pond has good weed growth along its shore line and in the backset areas.

Public Access

North Pond Launch - From State Route 3, take Stanley Drive to Doreen Drive. Hard surface ramp.

North and South Sandy Pond can also be accessed through private boat launches and marinas found around the ponds. Lake Ontario can also be accessed through a channel in North Sandy Pond.

Fish Species

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, Chinook salmon, steelhead, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, black crappie, white perch, yellow perch, common carp, round goby, and brown bullhead.

General Fishing Information

Little Sandy Creek flows into North Sandy Pond and receives a fall run of Chinook salmon and a spring run of steelhead. These fish must pass through the pond to get to the stream, so they can be caught in the pond on occasion. Main forage fish for the ponds are young of the year yellow perch and golden shiner. North Sandy Pond is a very popular bass fishing location with many local bass fishing tournaments held there each season. Largemouth bass can be found in good numbers and caught on a wide variety of baits such as; crankbaits, topwaters, rubber worms, tube baits, jig& pigs, spinnerbaits, stickbaits and minnows. Fishing around boat docks and outside weed edges usually produces some fish. Ice fishing for northern pike and yellow perch is very popular on the ponds with northern pike up to fifteen pounds being caught. Try tip-ups baited with large minnows for pike, jigging small lures tipped with spikes for yellow perch. Northern pike can also be caught throughout the open water season on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and minnows. Walleye fishing is usually best in the spring outside of weed edges with worm harnesses or bucktail jigs tipped with nightcrawler. For current fishing information visit the weekly Central New York Fishing Hotline or by calling 607-753-1551.


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