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July 2003

Black Lake


The Annual Black Lake Tagged Pan-Fish Marathon is fully underway and as I understand it there has already been some tagged fish caught and entered. These fish are worth $$$ and prizes, gift certificates and more. Want to learn more about it? Get to Black Lake and for a $ 6.00 entry fee you can also be a winner. All for a days fishing. The contest is from now through July 6th, so there’s no saying you didn’t have the time. In a nutshell, the locals have tagged over 800 pan fish and released them into the lake for all to fish for and enter for some big cash and prizes. One fish is worth $ 4,000.00 alone, five are worth $ 1,000.00, and four are worth $ 500.00. Many more are worth cash, gift certificate, and even scholarship prizes. SO...Get to Black Lake and give your hand a try. You can call the advertisers on these pages for info or stop and see them today. They not only have the information and registration forms you need, they can also outfit all your needs from overnight accommodations of all types, to all the gear, tackle and transportation, (boat / motor rentals), and more.

Personally speaking, I’ll be fishing at least once a month as The New York Fish & Game Monthly brings me to the area and my angling will be done right from shore with a hook and worm...and possibly a cold one. I know how to relax and just have fun...One of Black Lakes mottos.

This month we see the opening of bass and muskellunge, both of which happen to be abundant in these waters. Musky are mind-boggling behemoths that are as apt to snap your line as they are to give you a fight of a lifetime. They grow to incredible sizes. To say that they can exceed five foot in length and weigh in excess of fifty pounds is not exaggerating. Many have been caught in Black Lake.

Bass, on the other hand are a much sought after game fish and Black Lake has been famed in past years to be ranked in the top ten bass fisheries in the nation. I’d be willing to bet that is still the case. Five and six pound bass are commonplace. There are plenty of places on this largest of the Indian River lakes where plenty of depth change and cover provide opportunity for ‘thee’ lunker to thrive. Many of these lunkers in the past have found their way onto many anglers’ walls.

Northern pike and walleye are also abundant in these waters.  To get there, follow NYS Rt. 37 along The Sea-way Trail to Co. Rd. 6, or Black Lake Rd. and you can’t miss it.

Another great place to hit on this same route is the many other Indian River Lakes, also along NYS Rt. 37. This Chain of Lakes surrounding, and connected to The Indian River, also has all the bass, walleye, and northern pike fishing one could want, and should not be overlooked. There are many lakes to hit, with Red, Moon, and Hyde Lake’s to name a few with plenty of access to all. These lakes and the many other Indian River Lakes provide an abundance of trophy cla ss angling. Here are some sure bet places to stop, or call, to obtain first class accommodations:

McLear’s Cottage Colony and Campgrounds, Black Lake, in addition to the title’s features you’ll also find boat rentals, bait & tackle, supply and gift shop and more.

The Log Cabins, Black Lake, with classic cabins, store with gear, tackle, gifts some groceries and more.

Ned’s General Store, Hammond, where Black Lake Rd. meets NYS Rt. 37, is where you WILL want to get one of their renowned sandwiches, or one of the many oth er items one would find in a general store. Knorr’s Grocery & Deli, Redwood, along NYS Rt. 37, Indian River Lakes area, where not only groceries and deli can be had, but try the custard ice cream here...DEE-LICIOUS. I believe it’s the only soft ice-cream in this area. Go fishing. Have fun. Try these accommodations, and tell them you saw it in the New York Fish & Game Monthly. I do and it’s all a treat.

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