Sperry Pond is the home of a genetically unique
"heritage" strain of brook trout. Along with a variety of native minnows, the
population of the "Little Tupper" strain are the direct descendants of the first
trout to have reached the lake after glaciers receded about 12,000 years ago.
While Sperry was owned by the Whitney family, when acid rain threatened their
beloved brookies, William Whitney had the streams and ponds limed. He also
never allowed fishing with bait as to not to introduce predatory fish to Sperry
Pond. There has been some real beauties taken at Sperry - up to 21 inchers.
Sadly, we've had large mouth bass introduced into the
pond. It is estimated that of all the Adirondack waters inhabited by brook
trout, only 4% of the waterways are inhabited by brook trout today. While
the cold water of spring can still net brookies, once the water warms up, most
of the fish caught are large mouth bass. The back woods inlets and beaver
ponds have not had bass introduced yet and are still pristine enough to support
However, our guests this summer enjoyed bringing in some nice large mouth
bass. While our summer guests have enjoyed the bass fishing, it's a shame
to be loosing our brookies.