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Recent Bass Surveys Collecting Quality Bass

DEC Fisheries Biologists routinely conduct fish population assessment surveys that target black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) and sunfish. During those surveys, we take the length and weight of any bass we catch to help us assess the bass fishery. Since anglers are often interested in where the "Quality" bass (3-5 pounds) are, the table below shows the waters were we collected quality bass during our fish population assessment surveys targeting black bass between 2012 and 2016.

Please note that almost half the waters on this list are smaller (under 100 acre) lakes and ponds. It should also be noted that we captured at least 1 black bass in most of the waters we surveyed targeting bass. The message is clear: there is a chance to catch a quality bass in most of waters where bass live.

Locations where quality sized bass were caught during fish population surveys that targeted black bass between 2012 and 2016.
County Water # of 3-5 pound bass Acres Year
Allegany Allen Lake 10 58 2014
Broome Arctic Lake 2 39 2012
Broome Chenango Lake 2 40 2016
Cattaraugus Quaker Lake 16 268 2013
Chautauqua Chautauqua Lake 25 13,126 2012
Chautauqua Chautauqua Lake 29 13,126 2014
Chautauqua Lake Erie 33 6,342,400 2013
Chenango Balsam Pond 5 136 2013
Chenango Guilford Lake 8 79 2016
Chenango Hunts Pond 2 49 2014
Chenango Long Pond 1 114 2015
Columbia Copake Lake 3 412 2015
Cortland Upper Little York Lake 4 102 2016
Essex Lincoln Pond 6 572 2012
Jefferson Butterfield Lake 9 962 2016
Jefferson Butterfield Lake 1 962 2012
Kings Prospect Park Lake 8 43 2012
Kings Prospect Park Lake 10 43 2014
Madison Cazenovia Lake 4 1,164 2012
Madison Eaton Brook Reservoir 4 272 2013
Madison Lake Moraine 13 251 2014
Madison Lebanon Reservoir 1 96 2016
Madison Upper Lelands Pond 3 46 2015
Nassau Hempstead Lake 1 136 2012
Nassau Lower Twin Pond 4 10 2014
Nassau Smith Pond 5 21 2016
Nassau South Pond 1 23 2015
Nassau Upper Twin Pond 1 23 2014
New York Harlem Meer 1 10 2013
New York Harlem Meer 4 10 2015
Niagara Niagara River 10 n/a 2015
Putnam Lake Mahopac 14 588 2015
Queens Baisley Pond 9 23 2013
Queens Kissena Lake 1 10 2013
Queens Kissena Lake 1 10 2015
Richmond Willowbrook Pond 1 4 2014
Saratoga Saratoga Lake 1 3,762 2015
Suffolk Artist Lake 1 27 2016
Suffolk Belmont Lake 18 29 2012
Suffolk Forge Pond 1 123 2014
Suffolk West Lake 1 15 2016
Tompkins Dryden Lake 5 106 2014
Washington Cossayuna Lake 11 660 2015

Please note that DEC conducts numerous fisheries surveys besides surveys that specifically target black bass. Black bass data from those surveys were not included in this table. Additionally, the far majority of waters in New York were not surveyed. If a water was not included on this list, it likely only means that water was not surveyed.