Allen Lake

Buffalo, New York

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Covering 58 acres, averaging 8 feet deep, and dropping to a maximum depth of 19 feet, this man-made lake is located in the northeastern corner of the 2,421-acre Allen Lake State Forest. State fisheries biologist Joe Evans says, “Historically this lake was managed as a trout fishery. That idea was shelved when it was realized the habitat was more suited for warm-water species.” Largemouth bass were stocked in 1995 to control runaway populations of panfish, which grew to such numbers, they were stunted. Still, trout proved very popular and are now stocked on a put-and-take basis. In 2002 the lake got roughly 2,000 brookies and 2,600 rainbows averaging 9 inches. In addition, 180 brookies averaging 15 inches and 120 19.5-inchers were released. Most of these fish are caught early in the season on worms, minnows, and commercial trout baits. The largemouth bass do well, ranging from 12 to 22 inches. They take crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and bass bugs.

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"Covering 58 acres, averaging 8 feet deep, and dropping to a maximum depth of 19 feet, this man-made lake is located in the northeastern corner of the 2,421-acre Allen Lake State Forest.

State fisheries biologist Joe Evans says, “Historically this lake was managed as a trout fishery. That idea was shelved when it was realized the habitat was more suited for warm-water species.” Largemouth bass were stocked in 1995 to control runaway populations of panfish, which grew to such numbers, they were stunted. Still, trout proved very popular and are now stocked on a put-and-take basis. In 2002 the lake got roughly 2,000 brookies and 2,600 rainbows averaging 9 inches. In addition, 180 brookies averaging 15 inches and 120 19.5-inchers were released. Most of these fish are caught early in the season on worms, minnows, and commercial trout baits. The largemouth bass do well, ranging from 12 to 22 inches. They take crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and bass bugs."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Buffalo
Driving Directions: Directions to Allen Lake

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May 2018