Chodikee Lake located in Ulster County offers easy access for car top boats and good fishing opportunities. This small lake is oval in shape with Black Creek being the inlet and outlet. The majority of the lakeshore area is wetlands and makes fishing from a small boat the only option.
Elevation: 289 feet
Surface Area: 63 acres
Shore Length: 1.3 miles
Max Depth: 20 feet
Mean Depth: 10.2 feet
Hand launch, located 5 miles east of New Paltz off Route 299. North on Chodikee Lake Rd. 1 mile, bear left on Camp Stuts Rd. approx. 1 mile. Parking for 20 cars. Electric motors only.
Chodikee Lake Contour Map PDF (195 KB)
Chodikee Lake always produces some really nice sized largemouth bass. Because of its bowl shape most anglers focus their fishing efforts along the shorelines that are covered with lily pads. Anglers will have the most success using topwater frogs and weedless soft plastic baits.
Anglers targeting panfish will find a wide variety of species including: bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch and brown bullheads. Anglers report having the most success fishing on the east shore using live bait. Ice fishermen have success using small ice jigs fished in the middle of the lake to catch yellow perch and bluegills.