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Baisley Pond

Overview of Baisley Pond showing lily pads & geese

Baisley Pond in Baisley Pond Park, Jamaica, Queens may not be known for its great largemouth bass fishing, but our fish survey information suggests it should be. Patches of lily pads offer excellent cover for both predators and prey and add to the verdant landscape of the park. This lake has the potential to offer anglers an exciting fishing experience while providing a peaceful day out.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 10 feet
Area: 28 acres
Shoreline Length: 1.24 miles
Town: Queens


Shoreline access to Baisley Pond is available from many locations, some are grassed areas but the shoreline also includes a concrete promenade from which a line may be cast. To take mass transit to Baisley take the E, J or Z train to Sutphin Blvd/Archer Ave and transfer to the Q6 bus to Sutphin Blvd/Rockaway Blvd. Alternatively, take the A train to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to the Q7 bus to Sutphin Blvd/Rockaway Blvd. The lake is north of the bus stop.

Fish Species:

Largemouth bass, Black crappie, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Brown bullhead, Common carp. For more information on these fish species, visit the page on Freshwater Fishes.


Largemouth Bass

Fisheries surveys have been conducted on Baisley Pond in 2001 and 2008. Both surveys collected largemouth bass up to 20 inches in length. For a challenge and a potentially large bass, cast a scum frog into the lily pads. Let it sit until the ripples have gone, then slowly twitch it towards shore. Watch for the strike - with patience and persistence it will happen.


Bluegills tend to average between 4 and 6 inches, with a few 7 inch bluegills caught during the survey. Pumpkinseed sunfish are also present, but in smaller numbers. There are a few black crappies in the lake. Targeting them in the spring should produce the best results. If you fish the bottom, you might catch a few bullheads up to 12 inches.


There are a few carp in the lake. Carp are New York City's largest freshwater fish.


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

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation rules require the use of non-lead weights and barbless hooks.

Fisheries Survey:

Out of the eight NYC water bodies listed below, Baisley Pond had the third highest electrofishing catch rate for largemouth bass 15 inches and above. Several large bass were captured during our 2008 survey; in fact, we captured the longest bass recorded in a NYC electrofishing survey. The largest proportion of captured sunfish consisted of bluegills but pumpkinseeds and black crappie were also found.

Largemouth Bass Catch/Hour for Eight New York City Waterbodies (table updated 2016)
Waterbody 8" and over 12" and over 15" and over
Baisley Pond 23 19 10
Central Park Lake 18 15 9
Harlem Meer 106 54 9
Indian Lake 20 20 1
Kissena Lake 12 6 4
Oakland Lake 18 8 5
Prospect Park Lake 53 53 13
Van Cortlandt Lake 47 19 6
Willowbrook Lake 108 15