DEC temporarily closes Alma Pond Public Fishing Access site

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has closed temporarily the Alma Pond Public Fishing Access Site in the Town of Alma, Allegany County.

The action, effective today and expected to last three or four weeks, is to provide site improvements.

The closure includes the main parking area, car-top hand launch, and improved path off County Route 38.

Shore fishing access and limited roadside pull-offs will be available during the use interruption.

The site is expected to re-open in June.

The DEC reports that Alma Pond is an artificial impoundment located on the headwaters of Honeoye Creek, with a permanent earthen dike being built near the site of a beaver dam and existing pond, probably in the 1940s. Sometime later a concrete spillway was added to control the water level, it says.

It says that largemouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, common carp, brown bullhead, northern pike, and golden shiners are found at that location.

Additional DEC information about the site is available at