Fisherman on the lake at Suffolk County Blydenburgh Park was...

Fisherman on the lake at Suffolk County Blydenburgh Park was the only fisherman on the lake and caught a fish. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

For freshwater fishing, all you need is a basic, well-made fishing rod and appropriate bait. Here are some places on Long Island where you might try dropping a line — and an idea of what might be biting.

NASSAU

FOREST CITY PARK POND, 6-acre pond, Wantagh; largemouth bass, carp, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, bluegill, American eel.

FREEPORT RESERVOIR, 18-acre pond; bass, carp, crappie, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, bluegill, American eel.

GRANT POND, 6-acre pond, Hewlett; bass, bluegill, carp, American eel.

HEMPSTEAD LAKE, 167 acres, West Hempstead; bass, pickerel, perch, crappie, bluegill, carp, pumpkinseed.

MASSAPEQUA LAKE/CAROONS LAKE, 40 acres, Massapequa Preserve; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed, carp, white and yellow perch, bullhead.

MASSAPEQUA RESERVOIR, 20 acres; stocked with brown and rainbow trout in March, April and in the fall; largemouth bass, American eel, carp, pumpkinseed, bluegill, bullhead.

MCDONALD POND, 1 acre, Hempstead Lake State Park; stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout in fall; largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, bullhead.

OYSTER BAY MILL POND, 20 acres, West Shore Road and Lake Avenue, Oyster Bay; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in the spring and brown trout in fall; largemouth bass, brown bullhead and others.

SMITH POND, 19 acres, Rockville Centre; bass, pickerel, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, carp and others.

SOUTH POND, 19 acres, Hempstead Lake State Park, directly across from McDonald Pond; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, carp; stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout in the fall.

UPPER TWIN POND, 20 acres between Wantagh Parkway and Old Mill Road, Wantagh; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in the spring and fall; black crappie, largemouth bass, carp, bluegill, brown bullhead, American eel, pumpkinseed and others.

WANTAGH MILL POND, 15 acres west of Wantagh State Parkway on north side of Merrick Road; perch, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, bluegill, American eel, pumpkinseed and others.

SUFFOLK

ARGYLE LAKE, 25 acres, Carlls River, Babylon; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in the spring and brown trout in fall; largemouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish and others. No boats.

ARTIST LAKE, 30-acre kettle hole, Middle Island; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, perch and others. No boats except canoes or hand-carried boats.

BELMONT LAKE, 19 acres, Belmont Lake State Park; stocked with rainbow, brook and brown trout in the spring; largemouth bass, bluegill, carp, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, yellow perch. No private boats. Park rents boats for fishing.

BIG REED POND, 45 acres, Montauk County Park; largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, white perch.

CANAAN LAKE, 26-acre human-made lake, north end of Ohls Street, North Patchogue; rainbow trout in the spring and fall; largemouth bass, brown bullhead, chain pickerel, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed.

CARLLS RIVER, Babylon; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in March and brown trout in the fall; carp, perch, largemouth bass, brown bullhead, bluegill, pumpkinseed.

CARMANS RIVER, Yaphank-Shirley, about 10 miles long, from near Route 25 to Great South Bay; stocked with brown trout in March, brown and rainbow trout in April and May, brown trout in fall.

CONNETQUOT RIVER, 8 miles long, from Lakeland County Park to Great South Bay; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in May.

FORGE POND, 120 acres, South River Road, Calverton; largemouth bass, pickerel, carp, brown bullhead, crappie, perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill.

FORT POND, 181 acres, Montauk; bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, walleye, perch, carp.

FRESH POND, 35 acres, Montauk; bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed.

FRESH POND, 15 acres, Shelter Island; bass, bluegill, carp, pumpkinseed.

GREAT POND, 50 acres, Southold; largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill.

HARDS LAKE, 30 acres, Southaven County Park, Brookhaven; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in March and April, brown in May; largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead. No private boats; rentals only.

HOOK POND, 64 acres, East Hampton; largemouth bass, bluegill, perch, carp, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead.

KAHLERS POND, 13 acres, East Moriches, north of Merrick Road; stocked with rainbow trout in March, brown trout in fall; bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, carp, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, bluegill.

LAKE RONKONKOMA, 243-acre glacial kettle hole; 65 feet at deepest; bass, bluegill, carp, brown bullhead, crappie, pumpkinseed, perch, chain pickerel, walleye. Boats permitted, launched from DEC boat launch. No gas motors.

LAUREL LAKE, 30 acres north of Route 25; Laurel; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in April; bass, bluegill, perch, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed.

MARRATOOKA POND, 26 acres, Mattituck; largemouth bass, bluegill, perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead.

MILLERS POND, 21 acres, Smithtown; largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sunfish. No boats.

NISSEQUOGUE RIVER, about 8 miles long from Hauppauge to the Sound; stocked with brown trout in March-April and rainbow trout in April and brown trout in the fall.

PATCHOGUE LAKE, 40 acres; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, crappie, brown bullhead, yellow perch.

POXABOGUE POND, 44 acres, Village of Sagaponack; bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed. No boats.

RANDALL POND, 4 acres north of Middle Country Road, Ridge; bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed. Hand-launched boats permitted.

RATTLESNAKE CREEK, Oakdale, tidal waters south of Montauk Highway; stocked with rainbow trout in May.

SAYVILLE MILL POND, 6 acres, Montauk Highway and Mill Pond Road; largemouth bass, sunfish.

SEARS AND BELLOWS PONDS, Hampton Bays; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill. Park rents rowboats.

SOUTHARDS POND, 19 acres, Babylon; stocked with rainbow and brown trout in March and brown trout in the fall; largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, carp, pickerel. No boats.

STUMP POND/BLYDENBURGH LAKE, 100 acres, Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown; largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, bluegill, black crappie, common carp.

SWAN (EAST) LAKE, 30 acres north of Montauk Highway, East Patchogue; stocked with rainbow, brown trout in April; largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, brown bullhead. Hand-launched boats are allowed.

SWAN POND, 57 acres, Calverton; chained pickerel, bluegill, bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, crappie, pumpkinseed. Boats and electric trolling motors are allowed.

TWIN PONDS, 5 acres, Betty Allen Nature Preserve, Route 25A, Centerport; stocked with brown and rainbow trout in March and brown trout in the fall; bluegill, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass. No boats.

UPPER MILLS POND, 60-acre body downstream from Forge Pond, Calverton; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, brown bullhead, perch, carp, pumpkinseed, bluegill. Hand-launched boats are allowed.

WEST LAKE, 20 acres, just north of Montauk Highway and west of Waverly Avenue, Patchogue; stocked with brown trout in March, brown and rainbow trout in April and brown trout in the fall; largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead. Hand-launched boats are allowed.

WILDWOOD LAKE, 64 acres, Northampton; largemouth bass, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, perch, brown bullhead, rock bass. Town of Southampton residents only. Nonresidents can fish with a town-licensed guide.

Source: State Department of Environmental Conservation

Regulations and registrations

Check the Department of Environmental Conservation website for current regulations. Marine registrations are free and valid for one year. General freshwater-fishing license fees for residents are $5 for one day, $12 for seven days, $25 for 365 days; nonresidents $10 for one day, $28 for seven days, $50 for 365 days. Sign up at a licensing agent, at nwsdy.li/nyfish or call 866-933-2257, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

All residents 16 or older who fish in the New York State Coastal Marine District and adjacent federal waters must be registered. Marine registrations are free and valid for one year. For more about the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry, visit nwsdy.li/registry, call 631-444-0430 (saltwater) or 631-444-0280 (freshwater) or visit nwsdy.li/nyfish.

For rules on catching tuna, billfish and other shark species, visit bit.ly/3ZSKmsK or call 888-872-8862 (federal). No fishing for Atlantic shortfin mako. Also visit the National Marine Fisheries Service permit shop at hmspermits.noaa.gov (outside NYS waters, 3 miles or more offshore) or nwsdy.li/nysalt (saltwater fishing regulations for New York State).

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