Sturgeon Pool located in the Town of Rifton, Ulster County offers some good fishing opportunities. This waterbody receives minimal fishing pressure. Anglers usually target the bass and carp, though the panfish can get to a pretty good size.
Elevation: 131 feet
Surface Area: 194 acres
Shore Length: 4.4 miles
Max Depth: 93 feet
Mean Depth: 34 feet
Special fishing regulations (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website) exist for all waters in Ulster County. Please review your fishing regulations guide for details.
No formal access for Sturgeon Pool. There are possible hand launching pull-offs along Rte 213 on the East Shore.
Sturgeon Pool Contour Map PDF (185 KB)
Sturgeon Pool is better known for its smallmouth bass population but the occasional largemouth bass can be caught. When targeting smallmouth try using bright colored crankbaits and soft plastics below the dam and any rocky shoreline. The largemouths are usually found around the vegetation and the fallen timber. Good baits to try are black weedless jigs and chartreuse spinnerbaits.
Anglers report of having great success catching carp at Sturgeon Pool. Using dough balls and canned corn for bait seem to be the most productive. The most action comes when fishing water less than 5' in depth.
Sturgeon Pool has a wide variety of panfish to offer. The most common panfish are bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie and white perch. Small jigs and live bait work equally well when targeting these panfish.