Regional Reports-East

Black Lake

Nestled in St. Lawrence County between the towns of Hammond and Morristown is the pristine, natural Black Lake. Encompassing an area of roughly 8,500 acres and stretching about 18 miles, Black Lake is filled with many underwater shoals and picturesque, rocky islands, which give it the look and feel of a lake found only in the northernmost reaches of Canada. Only 40 feet deep in places, Black Lake is warm and relatively shallow, which makes it very good largemouth water. Working the backs of weedy bays with plastic worms and spinnerbaits in low-light conditions can bring bass up to five pounds. Later in the day, cast deep-diving crankbaits or jigs and pork frogs to the deeper midlake shoals. Lonesome and Big Bay are major largemouth haunts, but there are plenty of fish throughout the lake. Very good family-run motels, campgrounds and cottages dot the shoreline, and a number have a place to launch and dock your boat. Contact: DEC Region 6 (315-785-2261; www.dec.state.ny.us).