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Payne Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,225 feet
Area: 19 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.9 miles
Max Depth: 15 feet
Mean Depth: 6.5 feet
Town: Watson


DEC hand launch site on Cleveland Lake Road in the Town of Watson.

Fish Species:

Brook Trout, Brown Bullhead, Golden Shiner


Brook trout can be targeted in the early season along the shoreline by casting various small spinners and spoons towards cover near shore. During mid to late summer fish the thermocline, which averages 10-12 feet in depth. Weighted line and slow trolling would be recommended for warm weather angling.


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

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