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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.

Fish Species

Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead, and golden shiner.

General Fishing Information

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".


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

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.

Fish Survey Report (2001)

A biological survey was conducted on Tri-County Pond, Tioga County on June 28, 2001. This pond has been managed with a put-grow-and-take rainbow trout stocking of 200 fish for several decades. Recent requests by anglers to allow ice fishing and the lack of any recent fisheries data prompted the survey. A gill-net and trap-net were each fished for one night, and water chemistry data was collected.

Oxygen and temperature levels between the depths of 5 and 8 feet were suitable to support trout (Note: although not known for sure, temperature and oxygen levels probably reflect conditions which typically occur in late July, due to the unseasonably warm and dry spring of 2001). Six yearling rainbow trout were captured in the gillnet and all were in good condition. Over 400 black crappie were captured in the trapnet, all between 5 and 6.5 inches in length. All crappie sampled were 4 years old, indicating severe stunting has occurred. Several bullhead and golden shiners were also captured.

It is recommended that future management of the trout fishery be on a put-and-take basis due to the likelihood of future reintroduction of unwanted fish species by anglers. Ice fishing will also be permitted as of October, 2002. The introduction of adult largemouth bass is being contemplated in order to reduce the abundance of crappie. This should allow the remaining crappie to grow better but would also negatively impact survival of stocked trout.