A fisheries survey conducted during the summer of 1982 recorded 13 species: yellow perch, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, killifish, chain pickerel, golden shiner, carp, white sucker, brook trout, yellow bullhead, brown bullhead and black crappie. Yellow perch appear to be the dominant species by a fairly wide margin. Thousands of trout (primarily rainbows, but also browns and brookies) are stocked here every year. The majority of these fish are stocked in the spring, but the pond is also stocked with trout in the fall. When available, broodstock salmon are also stocked.
One of the most heavily fished trout waters in the entire District, Horn Pond provides excellent trout action throughout the spring and fall months. Due to the heavy fishing pressure and the very limited amount of cold water habitat remaining during the summer, it is doubtful that many trout “carry over” from one season to the next, but due to the high number of fish stocked, trout are available throughout much of the year. Unlike many heavily fished trout ponds, this one also supports a good panfish and largemouth bass fishery, providing action year round. The best bass fishing — after the trout pressure has dwindled — is in late spring and on summer nights and evenings. The bullhead and carp populations are also cooperative at this time. (But remember that night fishing must be conducted from shore due to the city’s 8 P.M. closure of the boat ramp.) Chain pickerel, and especially the large population of yellow perch, provide good ice fishing action during the winter. In short, this pond has such a wealth of native and stocked fisheries resources that, regardless of the season, it is unlikely to disappoint any determined fisherman.See law regarding fishing licenses February 1998