The crown jewel of Chemung County’s 500-acre Park Station Recreation Area, this spring-fed 100-acre impoundment is almost completely surrounded by woods, averages 16 feet deep, and has a maximum depth of 36 feet. A 5-foot-wide trail, carpeted in wood chips, skirts the lake.
Each year the state stocks roughly 2,000 rainbows and 400 browns averaging 9 inches and an additional 450 two-year-old browns. Survival is good, and anglers report decent catches of rainbows up to 14 inches and browns up to 16 inches. Most are taken on Berkley Trout Bait and night crawlers. Largemouth bass find the place to their liking. Ranging from 2 to 5 pounds, they hit surface lures like Zara Spooks and Hula Poppers, crankbaits like C.C. Rattlin’ Shads and ThunderSticks, and weightless plastic lizards and worms. Yellow perch run a respectable 7 to 12 inches. Most are taken through the ice on flathead minnows. Brown and black bullheads ranging from 6 to 14 inches are plentiful and like worms fished on bottom.
Key species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and bullhead
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