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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike at Black Lake in New York.

Black Lake, NY

Widely recognized as the top crappie lake in the area, Black Lake is a 5,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state with a nice mix of fish species. Anglers can explore over 60 miles of shoreline in search of crappie, bass, walleye, perch and northern pike.

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Black Lake in New York is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts, known for its excellent fishing opportunities and picturesque surroundings. Located in the northern part of the state, Black Lake is a natural lake that spans over 4,000 acres, making it a paradise for anglers seeking a diverse range of fish species.

One of the standout species in Black Lake is the northern pike, known for its aggressive strikes and impressive size. Anglers target these toothy predators using techniques such as trolling with large crankbaits or spinnerbaits, casting with spoons or swimbaits, or even fly fishing with streamers. Black Lake offers ample habitat for northern pike, including weed beds, submerged structures, and shallow bays, making it an exciting destination for pike anglers.

In addition to northern pike, Black Lake is home to other sought-after species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and panfish. Bass fishing enthusiasts can test their skills by targeting largemouth and smallmouth bass, both of which are abundant in the lake. Walleye are another prized species, and anglers often employ techniques like trolling with worm harnesses or jigging with minnows to entice these elusive fish. Panfish such as perch, bluegill, and pumpkinseed offer great opportunities for young anglers or those seeking relaxed fishing experiences.

Black Lake in New York offers a blend of excellent fishing, boating opportunities, and camping experiences. Anglers can indulge in the thrill of catching northern pike, bass, walleye, and panfish while surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the lake. Whether seeking adventure or relaxation, Black Lake provides a perfect escape for nature enthusiasts and fishing aficionados alike.

A concrete boat launch ramp allows launching of motor boats, with no limit on horsepower. Canoes, kayaks, row boats and car toppers can be trekked to many areas around the lake for launching, with some of these ares giving access to fishing from the bank. Rental boats, fishing tackle, bait, groceries, dining and lodging are all available at the lake. All species are caught each year while ice fishing. An annual ice fishing derby is held the first weekend in February by the Black Lake Fish and Game Club.

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Primary fish species residing in Black Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Black Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Black Lake, with boat ramps available for convenient access to the water. Anglers can explore the lake's various fishing spots, find productive areas, and enjoy the freedom of navigating the open water. Whether cruising in a motorboat or quietly paddling in a kayak, the scenic beauty of Black Lake provides a serene backdrop for a day on the water.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Cedar Grove Camps
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
315 375-6305

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Black Lake State Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off County Road 6, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Rollaway Bay Kayak & Canoe Launch
Located mid lake, east side, off Black Lake Road, this is a portage area with gravel parking.

Click here for a New York Fishing License.

For those looking to extend their stay, camping options are available near Black Lake. Campgrounds provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in nature and fully enjoy the fishing experience. Whether pitching a tent or parking an RV, campers can unwind, grill freshly caught fish, and relish the peaceful atmosphere of the lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Back Bay Campground & Cottages - 315 324-5612

Rogers' Camps - 315 771-9032

Cedar Grove Camps - 315 375-6305

Camp Wildwood on Black Lake - 315 578-2302

Black Lake NY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Black Lake
Back Bay Campground & Cottages
302 Chapman Point Rd
Hammond, NY 13646
315 324-5612


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