Ten mile lake in Queens county on the South Shore, used to produce a fair amount of large fish. I haven't caught many in a while from there though lots of little guys but big ones grew wiser I guess.
I know it's not a lake, But my Favorite smallie waters around here bar none for big fish and numbers also, is the Mersey River. I have caught and released numerous fish the last couple of years between 18 and 20''. lots between 14 to 17''. and lots of other smaller fish as well.
hey chuck, not a lake but....
i love the shubie river. consistantly get 12-15 inchers.
and being in a river i find much more fight in em.
If yer gonna fish bass from shore, fish the rivers,
at least it works for me.
all thru the shubie system works
I know it has been said over and over but the Lahave system has some large bass in most of the lakes on the system. Biggest I have heard of is 23" on Indian Lake. I have caught many in the river itself that were over 18". I do not have any interest in chasing them as they are a by-catch of my trouting endeavors, so I do not bother to measure much. Without a doubt there are large bass in Wentzell's, New Germany Lake, and Sherbrooke, also on the lake William system. The largest I landed but did not measure, had a mouth big enough I could reach my whole hand in to remove the lure.
There are a lot of small lakes on the South Shore, very little fished and without much in the way of access that contain very good fish. Carrying a canoe results in a lot of nice fish. My best trout or bass come out of lakes like those. There are so many - almost every little lake you see - that it would take a lifetime to fish them. And when you catch a fine fish where ever and whatever you tend to go back there. Anglers are not for unknowns weither flies, lures, water or fishing partners!
As the old saying goes "So much water - so little time"
i live in the valley , mostly because of the fishing. and i definately like little river lake. BUT for consistantly very large fish , i have to say that trout pond above LRL and below gasperau lake is a small body of water , that consistantly produces large fish;anytime of the season!the most difficult spot i've fished was mcgill lake !took me about 3 days , but i eventually figured it out , and i loved it .power fishing catching fish over 18'' every hour on average, with a couple on consecutive casts. nice trout lake too , holding specks and browns. i never seen a brown there, but the first time there my father got a 16'' speck on bass gear!other than those areas i don't really travel much!
I have caught nice sized all over as mentioned from others in lakes and ponds and places you wouldn't even think would hold a bass.
So like others have mentioned they are out there, you just might have to do a little leg work to find some spots. It's nice to see that there are bodies of water all over the province to find some big ol' bronzebacks.
If I had to choose over fishing a lake with nice smallies or a river with nice smallies, I'd have to go with a river all day long. Just because like zepp1964 said, they fight like you wouldn't believe.
Fighting the current all day makes them a strong fish, and they learn to use the current in there advantage also.
So hooking into 3-4 lb fish feels like hooking into a bus
i have caught plenty on piggot lake in lakelands. if you know what you are doing and what gear is best, you can get them 12-15 inches and above easily. i have caught as many as 10 a day, all over 13 inches. the best time i find to fish them is the last 2 weeks of july and the first 2 of august. before and after that you mostly bring in pickerel. in those 4 weeks you will usually bring in about 2 to 3 pickerel. before and after that i usually bring in around 4 to 5 pickerel a day and the odd out smallie.
I gotta go with matatall lake as well ... It's a decent sized lake and there are alot of fish. I fished it with 6 other guys in early august, we fished for about 3-4 hours and caught over 30 fish each. But there was only one decent bass caught via fly and everyone else was using spinning gear with a variety of lures and baits.
There was so many perch it was frustrating. you couldn't keep them off your hook.
I live 2 minutes from Tucker and last summer I landed a 19"er right off the road on a hot August day. It was around 2 pm or so and 30 degrees the type of weather most anglers would say "forget about it". I was with my daughter on a float tube 3 feet from shore and not really serious about catching a fish but it's like the lottery, you wont catch one for sure if your lines not wet. Anyway it was a beauty and I released it after my daughter got to hold it and appreciate it. I intend to catch it again this summer at 21"'s lol