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Chenango Lake (Broome County)

Chenango Lake is a small waterbody situated in Chenango Valley State Park near the Village of Chenango Forks, Broome County.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1500 feet
Area: 40 acres
Shoreline Length: 2.3 miles
Length: 0.75 miles
Maximum Depth: 17 feet
Town: Fenton

Aquatic Plant Life:

A fair amount of rooted aquatic vegetation throughout much of the lake.


Chenango Valley State Park. Shore access and boat rental. For more information call Chenango Valley State Park at (607) 648-5251 or click on their link in the right column under links leaving DEC's website.

Fish Species:

Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and brown bullhead.


Most anglers target the rainbow trout during the spring and early-summer shortly after stocking. There are some cold water springs located in the northern part of the lake that do offer some refuge for trout during the warmer summer months. Because of the aquatic vegetation, weedless lures are recommended when fishing for largemouth bass.


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

Fisheries Management:

Chenango Lake is stocked annually with approximately 10,500 yearling rainbow trout (8-9").

Chenango Lake was electrofished at night in late May, 2016. This 40 acre lake in Chenango Forks, Broome County, has a fairly simple fish community consisting of stocked rainbow trout, and wild brown bullhead, rock bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. All rainbow trout caught were smaller than 12 inches, and most likely were hatchery fish. The warmwater fish community was more impressive with a 12.4 inch yellow perch caught along with a few others over 12 inches. The largest largemouth bass was about 21.3 inches, with two others over 16 inches. The largest smallmouth bass was about 17.8 inches. No management changes are suggested as a result of this survey.

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