Long Island Bass Lakes

Long Island is fortuitously positioned between the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. These aquatic environments collectively support one of the finest saltwater sport fisheries in the world, but the Island’s fishing potential goes well beyond its saltwater boundaries.

If you examine a map of Long Island, you will notice that quite a number of freshwater lakes and ponds dot the landscape. Most are relatively small bodies of water that range in size from less than an acre to more than 240 acres. Many contain bass; Others do not. Some have big bass reputations while others harbor numerous small bass populations. A surprising number of Long Island waters are “sleepers,” known to have just a few, waiting for an angler’s lure to wake up a lunker largemouth and disprove the often-believed misconception that “This old pond is fished out.” And, there are those hidden, out-of-the-way gems that beckon the adventurous bass angler to come forth and enjoy the bounty, and perhaps even see a piece of Long Island the way it used to be.
satellite image of Long Island

NASSAU COUNTY

Hempstead Lake
Location: Hempstead Lake State Park
Size: 167 acres
South Pond
Location: Hempstead Lake State Park
Size: 19 acres
Smith Pond
Location: Rockville Center
Size: 19 acres
Freeport Reservoir
Location: Freeport/Merrick
Size: 18 acres
Wantagh Mill Pond
Location: Wantagh
Size: 15 acres
Lower Twin Pond
Location: Wantagh
Size: 10 acres
Upper Twin Pond
Location: Wantagh
Size: 20 acres
Massapequa Reservoir
Location: Nassau County Preserve, Massapequa
Size: 20 acres
Massapequa Lake
Location: Massapequa Preserve
Size: 40 acres

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Belmont Lake
Location: Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon
Size: 19 Acres
Southards Pond
Location: Babylon
Size: 19 acres
Argyle Lake
Location: Babylon
Size: 25 acres
Knapps Lake
Location: Islip
Size: 30 acres
Blydenburg Lake
Location: Smithtown
Size: 100 acres
Millers Pond
Location: Smithtown
Size: 21 acres
Lake Ronkonkoma
Location: Ronkonkoma
Size: 243 Acres
West Lake
Location: Patchogue
Size: 20 acres
Canaan Lake
Location: North Patchogue
Size: 26 acres
Patchogue Lake (Lace Mill)
Location: Patchogue
Size: 40 acres
Swan Lake
Location: Patchogue
Size: 30 acres
Artist Lake
Location: Middle Island
Size: 30 acres
Upper Yaphank Lake
Location: Yaphank
Size: 19 acres
Lower Yaphank Lake
Location: Yaphank
Size: 25 acres
Hards Lake
Location: Shirley
Size: 30 acres
Randall Pond
Location: Ridge
Size: 4 acres
Kahlers Pond
Location: East Moriches
Size: 13 acres
Navy Co-op Ponds
Location: Calverton/Riverhead
Size: 3 to 14 acres
Swan Pond
Location: Calverton
Size: 57 acres
Forge Pond
Location: Riverhead/Calverton
Size: 120 acres
Upper Mills Pond
Location: Riverhead
Size: 60 acres
Peconic River
Location: Riverhead
Size: Approximately 12 miles from headwaters in Ridge to terminal flow into Flanders Bay
Wildwood Lake
Location: Northampton
Size: 64 acres
Laurel Lake
Location: Laurel
Size: 30 acres
Marratooka Pond
Location: Southold
Size: 26 acres
Great Pond
Location: Southold
Size: 50 acres
Bellows Pond
Location: Hampton Bays
Size: 15 acres
Sears Pond
Location: Hampton Bays
Size: 15 acres
Penny Pond
Location: Hampton Bays
Size: 13 acres
Big Fresh Pond
Location: Southampton
Size: 64 acres

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Little Fresh Pond
Location: Southampton
Size: 19 acres
Agawam Lake
Location: Southampton
Size: 40 acres
Watermill Pond
Location: Watermill
Size: 120 acres
Fresh Pond
Location: Shelter Island
Size: 15 acres
Trout Pond
Location: Southampton
Size: 5 acres
Long Pond
Location: Southampton
Size: 58 acres
Poxabogue Pond
Location: North Sagaponack
Size: 44 acres
Hook Pond
Location: Easthampton
Size: 64 Acres
Fresh Pond
Location: Montauk
Size: 35 acres
Fort Pond
Location: Montauk
Size: 192 acres
Big Reed Pond
Location: Montauk
Size: 45 acres

For more information and specific requirements for any of these lakes, contact:

DEC Region 1
Stony Brook SUNY,
Building 40
Stony Brook NY 11790-2356
(631) 444-0273

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