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Calico Pond

Calico Pond, also known as Lieb Pond, is located within the 833 acre Gee Brook State Forest, Cortland County. Calico Pond was constructed many years ago by impounding a small tributary to Gee Brook.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 8 acres
Maximum Depth: 8 feet

Plant Life

The pond has light to moderate aquatic plant growth.

Public Access Sites

State Route 41 to Lieb Road. Parking along shoulder of Lieb Road and then a half mile walk to Calico Pond on trail. Electric motors only.

General Fishing Information

Largemouth bass and chain pickerel are the main gamefish in the pond. Black crappie (also called calico bass), yellow perch and brown bullhead are also found in the pond. A good lure for the largemouth bass and chain pickerel is a spinnerbait. A spinnerbait works well in shallow weedy water, and the single hook allows easy unhooking of toothy fish like the pickerel. For the panfish try worms fished under a bobber or small plastic tube baits or twister tails.

Fisheries Management

Calico Pond supports a diverse warmwater fish community. It is not stocked and statewide fishing regulations apply. The last fisheries survey of Calico Pond was carried out in 1966. The number and length range of each fish species collected are listed below:

Fish Species Collected in 1966 Fisheries Survey of Calico Pond
Species Number Length Range (inches)
Largemouth bass 15 6.5 - 15
Chain pickerel 1 18.3
Black crappie 136 5.0 - 7.9
Yellow perch 27 5.8 - 7.0
Brown bullhead 30 8.0 - 11.5

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