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Nanticoke Lake

Nanticoke Lake is a semi-remote man-made impoundment located in Broome County near the Hamlet of Center Lisle. Nanticoke Lake was originally constructed in the 1970's with the intention of establishing a wild, self sustaining brook trout fishery similar to those found in the Adirondacks. Unfortunately, due to low dissolved oxygen levels in the summer months, brook trout survival was extremely limited. In addition, the unauthorized introduction of other fish species like largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, and sunfish further reduced the lake's suitability for trout. Subsequently, rainbow trout were stocked in place of brook trout due to their ability to survive in somewhat warmer water. Currently, the trout stocking is conducted with the intent of supporting a "put-and-take" spring fishery with little to no survival expected through the summer months.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,400 feet
Area: 46 acres
Length: 0.57 miles
Maximum Depth: 20 feet

Plant Life

Very limited rooted aquatic vegetation found in the lake.

Public Access Sites

On Squedunk Road, 4 miles south of the Hamlet of Center Lisle. Hand launch, must walk 400 yards to the lake. Parking for 15 cars. Electric Motors Only.

Fish Species

Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish.

General Fishing Information

Most anglers target the rainbow trout during the spring and early-summer shortly after stocking. Fishing with worms, minnows, artificial natural baits (like Gulp or PowerBait) or corn suspended under a bobber usually works well for the trout. The lake supports a healthy bass population which occasionally yields largemouth over 5 pounds. Crappie and pumpkinseed sunfish are also abundant; however, growth of both tends to be slow.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management

Nanticoke Lake is stocked annually with approximately 2,300 year-old rainbow trout.

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