Jeffrey Pond - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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Jeffrey Pond

Jeffrey Pond is a small waterbody situated in Whaupaunaucau State Forest, in Chenango County, located about five miles northeast of the city of Norwich.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1620 feet
Area: 20 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.7 miles
Maximum Depth: 10 feet
Town: North Norwich

Aquatic Plant Life:

The northern portion of the pond has significant rooted aquatic vegetation.

Access:

Whaupaunaucau State Forest: there is a parking area off Post Road. Boats are allowed on the pond but they must be carried to the water; so canoes or kayaks are a good choice. Electric motors only.

Fish Species:

Brook trout, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, golden shiner and brown bullhead.

Fishing:

The brook trout fishery is mainly a put-and-take fishery with few holdover fish. Because of this the brook trout fishing is usually best in the spring and early-summer shortly after stocking.

Regulations:

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

Fisheries Management:

Jeffrey Pond is stocked annually with 1,100 one year-old (8-9") brook trout. All fish were removed from Jeffrey Pond in the summer of 1997 in an effort to restore the pond to a brook trout only fishery. The pond was surveyed during the summers of 1998, 1999 and spring of 2001. It was then determined that the management of Jeffrey Pond as a brook trout only fishery was not practical at this time. Either through avoidance of the rotenone treatment and/or illegal restocking, a substantial non-trout fish community has reestablished in the pond. Additionally, survival and growth of stocked brook trout was not significant enough to warrant future efforts to control non-trout fishes.