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Tully Lake (Cortland and Onondaga)

Tully Lake is a shallow, weedy lake located on the borders of Cortland and Onondaga counties near the Village of Tully. Tully Lake is a very popular ice fishing location for panfish and pickerel as it's generally one of the first lakes in the area to freeze.

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Physical Features

Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 234 acres
Length: 1.7 miles
Maximum Depth: 32 feet

Plant Life

There is good rooted aquatic vegetation found around most of the shoreline, in the bays and in the center of the lake around a submerged hump. A mechanical weed harvester is used most years on the lake in mid-summer.

Public Access Sites

Off Route 281, 2 ½ miles south of the Village of Tully, west on Song Lake Crossing, first right after crossing I-81 to Saulsbury Road, left on Friendly Shores Road. Hand launch. Parking for 15 cars. 7 ½ Horse Power Motor Limit.

Fish Species

Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, black crappie, rock bass, yellow perch, golden shiner and brown bullhead.

General Fishing Information

Largemouth bass and chain pickerel can be caught on a variety of artificial baits and live minnows fished along the many weed edges. Ice anglers targeting panfish do well fishing small jigs tipped with spikes around the submerged hump in the middle of the lake. For chain pickerel, use tip-ups baited with minnows fished in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Fisheries Management

Tully Lake is not currently stocked by the NYSDEC, but the Tully Lake Association has stocked some walleye in recent years. A spring 2006 electrofishing survey resulted in the capture of only one walleye, indicating low survival of the stocked walleye fingerlings. As a result it was suggested that the walleye stocking be suspended. The catch rate of largemouth bass and chain pickerel during this survey was very high, likely explaining the poor survival of walleye. Statewide angling regulations apply.