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Padget and Sargent Ponds

Padget and Sargent Ponds are small water bodies located in Cortland County near the Village of Tully. Both ponds are situated in Heiberg Memorial Forest which is owned by the State University of New York's Environmental Science and Forestry School (ESF). Heiberg Forest is used by ESF as an outdoor classroom and experimental station.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,800 feet
Area: 6 and 3 acres
Maximum Depth: 10 to 15 feet

Public Access Sites

Parking area on Maple Ridge Road. Must walk a trail from parking area approximately one half to three-quarters of a mile to ponds.

Fish Species

Rainbow trout (Padget) and brook trout (Sargent).

General Fishing Information

Good baits for the trout are worms, salted minnows, artificial natural baits (like Gulp or PowerBait) or corn fished under a bobber. Flies, spinners, small stickbaits and spoons will also work for the trout.

Fisheries Management

Both ponds are stocked annually in the Fall, Padget Pond receives approximately 2,000 fall fingerling rainbow trout (5-6") and Sargent Pond gets 700 fall fingerling brook trout (5-6"). There are special trout fishing regulations for Cortland County, so please review the Special Regulations by County section of your Freshwater Fishing Guide.

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