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.
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.
General Fishing Information
The main gamefish found in the ponds are rainbow trout (Padget) and brook trout (Sargent). Most anglers target the trout in spring, shortly after they're stocked. Good baits 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.
Padget Pond is stocked annually with approximately 2,000 year-old rainbow trout (8-9") and Sargent Pond gets 700 year-old brook trout (8-9"). There are special trout fishing regulations for Cortland County, so please review the Special Regulations by County section of your Freshwater Fishing Guide.