Jeffrey Pond Brook Trout Management Survey (2001)
Survey Number: 701002
Survey Dates: April 30, 2001
Jeffrey Pond, Chenango County, was surveyed in the spring of 2001 as part of an on going effort to determine if significant growth and survival of brook trout had occurred since the reclamation in 1997. The reclamation was done in conjunction with the dam repair work which required a complete draw down of the lake.
The pond was boat electrofished during the daylight hours of April 30, 2001, resulting in the capture of just one holdover brook trout. Other species captured were largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, bullhead, and golden shiner. This survey concluded the post-reclamation monitoring effort. The unit's determination is that management of Jeffrey Pond as a brook trout only fishery is 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. Furthermore, informal surveys of anglers who were using the pond during our various sampling efforts revealed a general lack of support for the trout only management effort.
On October 1, 2002, the special regulation prohibiting the use of fish as bait in Jeffrey Pond was rescinded. Future management efforts at Jeffrey Pond may include the re-stocking of yellow perch and largemouth bass into the pond to try and recreate the thriving pre-reclamation warmwater fishery which had existed.