This small lake, located in the middle of Crotona Park,has largemouth bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseeds. Recent improvements in the landscaping have improved the shoreline in the past few years. The deck in front of the nature center is a convenient place to cast from, but paved paths make it possible to access other areas of the shoreline. Algal cover can be extensive in the warm months.
Area: 3 acres
Indian Lake is located within Crotona Park, Bronx. The lake is east of Crotona Ave and north of Claremont Parkway in the park. Crotona Park Nature Center is adjacent to the lake also.
Directions through public transportation
- 2/5 train to 174th St: walk South West on Boston Rd. until you can turn right on Charlotte St. Follow Charlotte to the park, lake will be straight ahead.
- B/D to 170th St; transfer to BX11 to Claremont Pkwy/Crotona Ave; walk north along Claremont, the lake will be on your right.
To catch a good-sized largemouth bass, try soft plastic baits like a plastic worm, Texas or wacky rigged. Try reaction baits such as topwater lures, crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, or swimbaits earlier in the season before the weeds fill in. If weeds are thick, use heavier line such as 15 lb. monofilament or higher to prevent loss of tackle. Bring weedless hooks and gear later in the year for less hang-ups. Bluegill and pumpkinseed 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.
Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation rules require the use of non-lead weights and barbless hooks.
Fisheries Survey Information
|Waterbody||8" and over||12" and over||15" and over|
|Central Park Lake||18||15||9|
|Prospect Park Lake||87||21||11|
|Van Cortlandt Lake||109||19||6|