Balsam Pond is a small, shallow water body located in Chenango County near the Hamlet of McDonough. It is located in the 2,679 acre Balsam Swamp State Forest area.
Elevation: 1,600 feet
Area: 153 acres
Length: 0.89 miles
Maximum Depth: 10 feet
Little rooted aquatic vegetation in the pond.
Public Access Sites
Off County Route 7, approximately 4 miles north of the Hamlet of McDonough. Hard surface ramp. Parking for 8 cars and trailers. Universally accessible fishing pier.
General Fishing Information
Balsam pond is a popular summer and winter time fishing location. Chain pickerel and largemouth bass are the main gamefish found in the pond. Yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish and brown bullhead can also be caught in the pond. The north-end and eastern shoreline are both lined with stumps that provide good cover for the largemouth bass.
Balsam Pond is not stocked and statewide angling regulations apply.