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Tri-County Pond ( Cortland and Tioga)

Tri-County Pond is a small, semi-remote pond located at the intersection of Cortland, Tioga and Tompkins counties. The pond is situated in the 1,938 acre Robinson Hollow State Forest.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,800 feet
Area: 1.7 acres
Maximum Depth: 10 feet

Public Access Site

Robinson Hollow State Forest. Parking area off Lacey Road. Parking for four cars. Electric motors only.

General Fishing Information

Rainbow trout and largemouth bass are the main gamefish found in the pond. Black crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish can also be found in the pond. Rainbow trout are usually caught during the spring shortly after they're stocked. Good baits to try are worms, minnows, and artificial natural baits (like Gulp or PowerBait). Spinners, small stickbaits, spoons and flies will also work. During the winter try ice fishing with tip-ups baited with small minnows or jigging with spoons (like Swedish pimples) tipped with spikes, mousies or a minnow head. Black crappie are numerous in the pond, but growth rates are slow with most fish being only 5 to 6".

Fisheries Management

Tri-County Pond is stocked annually with approximately 200 year-old rainbow trout and is managed as a put-and-take rainbow trout fishery. Some largemouth bass were stocked into the pond in 2002 in hopes that they would establish a self sustaining population and control crappie recruitment enough to allow the remaining crappie to reach quality size. Ice fishing is permitted. Special fishing regulations exist for trout in Tri-County Pond, so please review the Special Regulations by County section of your Freshwater Fishing Guide.