Originally a deep brook in a small valley, Clove Lake formed when a mill dam was installed in the early 19th century. Today Clove Lake is one of three smaller lakes connected by a shallow brook. Most anglers go to Clove Lake, the largest of the three, but all three are accessible by anglers. A DEC survey revealed that Clove Lake literally teems with brown bullheads, although a few bass can also be found.
Area: 10.22 acres
Clove Lake is stretched along Clove Rd between Forest Ave and Victory Blvd in Staten Island. Shoreline access is limited due to vegetation, but there are spots dotting the parameter. Fishing is allowed in all three lakes.
Take a train to South Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Take the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and transfer to bus S61, S62, or S66. Exit Clove Rd in Staten Island and walk north to Park Dr.
Take a R train to Bay Ridge 86th St. Exit the subway and head toward 4th Ave between 86th St and 87th St in Bay Ridge. Take bus S53 or S95 toward Staten Island. Exit Clove Rd or Park Drive at Clove Rd. Walk on Clove Rd to Park Dr.
To catch a good-sized largemouth bass, try a soft plastic bait like a plastic worm, Texas or wacky rigged. In summer try reaction baits such as topwater lures, crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, or swimbaits. Bluegill, Pumpkinseed and Bullhead can be caught using a bobber and live worms. Remember to tamp down all barbs on hooks as New York City regulations require the use of barbless hooks.
For more information on these fish species, visit the page on Freshwater Fishes.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation rules require the use of non-lead weights and barbless hooks