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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.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1200 feet
Area: 234 acres
Shoreline Length: 5.9 miles
Length: 1.7 miles
Maximum Depth: 32 feet
Towns: Preble, Tully

Aquatic Plant Life:

There is 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.

Access:

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, brown bullhead, and cisco.

Fishing:

Largemouth bass and chain pickerel can be caught on a variety of artificial baits and live minnows fished along the many weed edges. A wire leader is recommended if fishing for pickerel. Ice anglers targeting panfish do well fishing around the submerged hump in the middle of the lake.

Regulations:

Statewide fishing regulations apply. Ice fishing is permitted.

Fisheries Management:

Tully Lake is not stocked.


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