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Bug Lake

Bug Lake is located just outside of the Village of Inlet. This beautiful remote lake requires a one mile hike to be able to fish. The trailhead to Bug Lake begins at the far end of the DEC's Eighth Lake Campground. However just because of its remote location and small size does not mean that it is not worth the hike. This lake has a reputation of producing good sized coldwater fish.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1992 feet
Area: 78 Acres
Shoreline Length: 2.2 miles
Town: Inlet

Bug Lake Contour Map (PDF)


Because the lake is found within the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, the public is allowed to fish from all shores. A former mountain road provides relatively easy trail access, and it is possible to use canoe carriers to bring in small watercraft. There are several excellent primitive campsites on the pond.

Fish Species:

Lake trout, rainbow smelt, brook trout, and kokanee salmon. The endangered fish species, round whitefish, was reintroduced to this pond several years ago. Round whitefish must be returned if caught.


The coldwater fishing within this lake has been popular for decades. Brook trout fishing is most popular, but lake trout can reach large size in this lake. Bug Lake has one of the few remaining kokanee salmon fisheries in New York State. Kokanee stocking stopped years ago, but the fish are naturally reproducing. Most Kokanee caught are 6-8 inches in size. They can sometimes be caught using small flies when they surface feed on midge hatches at dusk.

Ice Fishing:

Ice fishing is not permitted on Bug Lake.


Special fishing regulations apply.

Fisheries Management:

To keep the fishery at Bug Lake thriving, every year it is stocked with approximately 3,200 brook trout.

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