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Duck Lake

Duck Lake is a small shallow lake located in the town of Conquest, Cayuga County. The current New York State record black crappie, 3 lb. 12 oz, was caught from Duck Lake in 1998 by Kenneth Kierst.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 400 feet
Area: 213 acres
Shoreline Length: 2.8 miles
Length: 1.2 miles
Maximum Depth: 20 feet
Town: Conquest

Aquatic Plant Life:

Very abundant rooted aquatic vegetation throughout the lake.


Fee access boat launch at Duck Lake Campground, Duck Lake Road, Red Creek, NY. For more information on Duck Lake Campground and boat launch: phone 315-488-4473. A web site link can also be found in the right column under Links Leaving DEC's Website.

Fish Species:

Largemouth bass, tiger musky, northern pike, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, common carp, and brown bullhead.


Because the lake is extremely vegetated, using weedless lures is highly recommended for the largemouth bass and tiger musky.


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

Fisheries Management:

Duck Lake is stocked annually with approximately 700 tiger musky.

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