Fort Pond is a 192
acre freshwater pond that occupies the center of town. Yet Fort
Pond offers exceptional fishing for freshwater game fish like small mouth
bass and walleye that are seldom encountered on Long
Fort Pond contains both largemouth
and small mouth bass, though the habitat favors the small mouth.
Other fishes present in Fort Pond
include yellow perch, white perch, brown bullhead, common carp,
and bluegill. White perch and yellow perch are very abundant.
While the experimental stocking of hybrid striped bass in Fort
Pond has been discontinued, some of these fish persist in the pond
with anglers reporting the occasional catch of a hybrid striper
Anglers seeking bass in Fort Pond
should come equipped with an assortment of diving crank baits,
jigs, and spinner baits. Shiny metallic spoons such as Kast
are another good bet. In selecting lure colors, remember that the
dominant bait fish are the silvery juvenile white perch and the
yellow and olive juvenile yellow perch. Focus effort on points,
drop-offs, and submerged boulders. Fort Pond averages 8.5 feet in
depth with a maximum depth of 27 feet. Unlike most of Long
Island's bass waters, it contains only scattered vegetation. The
bottom is sandy with are areas of cobble and scattered boulders.
The same lures and strategies are
likely to produce walleye. On bright sunny days fish deeper water
to increase your chances of connecting with these light-sensitive
predators. Dawn and dusk are ideal times to catch walleye.
Drifting live bait just off the bottom is another proven technique
for catching walleye and well suited to the windy conditions that
prevail at Fort Pond. You can quickly cover a lot of lake bottom
in this way. A drift sock and/or electric trolling motor is
extremely helpful to control speed and course. Leeches and night crawlers
are excellent baits if presented on a colorful
floating jig head or hooked onto a "crawler harness"
with a flashy spinner blade.).