Casterline Pond is a small water body located in Cortland County near the Village of Homer. This is a great location for taking a child fishing as there is good shore access, no over-hanging branches, parking close to the water, and it's stocked each spring with trout.
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 11 acres
Maximum Depth: 25 feet
There is rooted aquatic vegetation around the edge of most of the pond.
Public Access Sites
There is shore access off Route 11, in Homer. Parking for 15 cars.
An accessible fishing platform is located on the northwest edge of the pond, adjacent to the large roadside crushed-stone parking lot. There is no designated accessible parking. There is an accessible port-a-john at this location.
Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations
The site is located off US Route 11, one mile north of Homer. From I-81, take Exit 12 (Homer). Exit right onto US 11, heading north. Proceed through town, two miles, the pond is on the right. Look for the brown and yellow DEC Fishing Access Site sign.
General Fishing Information
The main gamefish found in the pond are brown and rainbow trout, but largemouth bass, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish can also be caught. Most anglers target trout in spring, shortly after they are stocked, or during the winter months through the ice. In the spring, fishing with worms, salted minnows, or one of the many scent impregnated baits (like Gulp or PowerBait) either suspended under a bobber or on the bottom works well for the trout. At times small spinners, spoons and flies can also be very productive for trout in the pond. Through the ice, try jigging with small spoons like Swedish pimple or Kastmasters, tipped with spikes or using tip-ups baited with small minnows. Trout can be caught from just under the ice to just off bottom so try setting your tip-ups at different depths.
Casterline Pond is stocked annually with approximately 900 year-old rainbow trout and 330 two-year old brown trout.
Special trout fishing regulations exist for all waters in Cortland County. Please review your fishing regulations guide for details.