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The Black Lake
Crappie Marathon
  •  In 1995 a small group of cottage owners and local businesses formed a loose knit committee under the umbrella of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and started the Black Lake Crappie Marathon with over 1,000 tagged crappies worth thousands of dollars in Cash and Prizes.
  • The Black Lake Crappie Marathon runs from the second weekend in May through the third weekend in June, and from the 3rd Saturday of August through the first weekend in October. The August/October contest incorporates the "King Crappie Hunt".

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Largemouth Bass
 Both largemouth and smallmouth bass fin the waters of Black lake. To protect the quality of bass fishing here special regulations require that fish measure a minimum of 15 inches before anglers may keep them. While bass can be taken throught the season, early summer and fall see the best catches. To improve mid-summer catch rates, anglers are advised to fish early morning and evenings.
 Largemouth bass are found in the lake's numerous bays and along the weedy shorelines of both the mainland and the islands. Work the weed edges, openings in the weeds, and areas where both weeds and rocks are present. Traditional offerings such as spinnerbaits, plastic worms, the jig-n-pig, and surface lures work well.
 To locate smallmouth bass, look for rocky points and mid-lake shoals. Popular artifical lures include minnow-imitation plugs and tube jigs. Live minnows and crayfish will catch smallies throughout the season (third Saturday in June until November 30). In August, live bait outproduces artificals.
Northern Pike
 The lake has quality northern pike fishing from opening day on the third Saturday in May until the season closes on March 15. The best fishing, however, occurs in winter when anglers set live shiners below their tip-ups. During the open water seasons, a live minnow fished below a bobber ranks as the most popular technique, but casting minnow plugs, spinnerbaits, in-line spinners, or bucktail jigs also work well. All of the weedy bays, especially the larger ones, have decent pike populations.
 The Walleye is Black Lake's new kid on the block thanks to habitat improvement and stocking efforts on the part of the Black Lake Fish and Game Association with the support of the DEC. Each year more anglers are seeing incidental catches of walleyes, and a growing number of anglers are targeting and catching walleyes regularly. Bucktail jigs and spinner and worm rigs will take marble eyes. The best locations have mild current present so check out the Indian River inlet, the Narrows, the Route 58 bridge, and the Oswegatchie outlet.
 Black Lake boasts of incredible populations of panfish including black crappies, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, sunfish, rock bass, and bullheads. Crappies, perch, and bluegills rank as the lake's most sought after panfish, and all three species are very catachable throughout the year. A small jig fished below a bobber works well for these fish. Many anglers prefer to tip their jigs with a grub or small minnow.
  Panfish can be found the entire length of the lake, and prime spots include weedbeds, bays, points, and mid-lake shoals where weeds are present.

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Black Lake Boat Launch
GPS Readings Lat   - N 44* 30' 62.2"
Long - W 75* 36' 75.5"

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