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Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds

Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds are located in Madison County near the hamlet of Bouckville.

Physical Features

Upper Lelands
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 46 acres
Length: 0.45 miles
Maximum Depth: 50 feet

Lower Lelands
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 55 acres
Length: 0.5 miles
Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Plant Life

Both ponds have significant rooted aquatic vegetation growth around much of them out to about 15 feet of water.

Public Access Sites

Upper Leland Pond - On Route 26, approximately one mile southwest of the hamlet of Bouckville. Concrete launch ramp. Parking for 10 cars and trailers. Universally accessible fishing pier.
Lower Leland Pond - Undeveloped hand launch, across from Upper Lelands parking area.

Fish Species

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, tiger musky, brown trout, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, common carp, golden shiner, creek chubsucker, and alewife.

General Fishing Information

Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds are connected by a channel that runs through a culvert under the highway. This culvert is too small for boat passage, but it does allow fish movement. Upper Lelands offers a cold water fishery for brown trout along with warm water gamefish such as largemouth bass and tiger musky. Lower Lelands is shallower and weedier and offers a better opportunity for largemouth bass and tiger musky. Alewife are one of the main prey species in the ponds.


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

Fisheries Management

Upper Lelands Pond is stocked annually with approximately 1,360 year-old brown trout. Lower Lelands Pond receives approximately 155 tiger musky annually. Special fishing regulations exist for trout in Lelands Ponds.

2015 Fisheries Survey of Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds

Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds were electrofished in June and gill and fyke netted in July, 2015. Overall, 545 fish were caught, representing 18 species. Yellow perch were the most numerous with 162 caught (30% of catch). The next most numerous species was alewives (n=81, 15% of catch), followed by largemouth bass (n= 72, 13% of catch), rock bass (n=41, 8% of catch), and pumpkinseed sunfish (n=37, 7% of catch). Other gamefish caught were chain pickerel (n=30, 6% of catch), smallmouth bass (n=2, 0.4% of catch) and one brown trout (0.2% of catch). No tiger musky were caught or observed during the survey.

The number of individual species caught did vary between the Upper and Lower Ponds. Most noticeable were: alewives (n=75 Upper, n=4 Lower), creek chubsucker ( n=3 Upper, n=16 Lower), rock bass (n=31 Upper, n=10 Lower), and largemouth bass (n=49 Upper, n=23 Lower).

The data from the survey is still being analyzed and the full report is not yet completed.

Number of fish collected in 2015 on both Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds.
Species Upper Lelands Pond Lower Lelands Pond Sum
Alewife 75 6 81
Brown Trout 1 0 1
Chain Pickerel 19 11 30
Common Carp 0 3 3
Golden Shiner 14 5 19
Spottail Shiner 1 0 1
White Sucker 17 1 18
Creek Chubsucker 3 16 19
Yellow Bullhead 0 1 1
Brown Bullhead 1 4 5
Rock Bass 31 10 41
Redbreast Sunfish 15 20 35
Pumkinseed Sunfish 22 15 37
Smallmouth Bass 2 0 2
Largemouth Bass 49 23 72
Yellow Perch 82 80 162