Peck's Lake is a 1370 acre body of water that was formed in 1911 from three smaller lakes. The lake was originally renowned for its large northern pike. Although the pike population has declined, the clear waters of Peck's Lake still offer great opportunities for the sport fisherman. In addition to pike, the lake hosts rainbow trout, chain pickerel, largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass, black crappie, perch and bullheads. The PLPA's annual member-supported fish-stocking and habitat-improvement programs help to ensure the continued productivity of the lake. Located on the western end of the lake is the Peck's full-service marina offering boat sales, service and rentals; cabin and campsite rentals; live bait; fuel; and a snack bar and pavilion. The marina also has a paved boat launching ramp.
The fish stocking program at Peck's Lake goes back to the days of Albert Peck, who introduced to the lake crappies brought in from the South. Since those days, ensuring the health of the fishery has been a goal of both the Peck family and the PLPA. Not all efforts have met with success. Since the 1970s, the stocking of rainbow trout has been attempted several times with uncertain success as Peck's Lake is a warm-water lake.
In the early 1980s, the Peck family and the PLPA were able to convince the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to perform a fisheries study. The study concluded that "The Peck Lake fisheries for smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and brown bullhead are of high quality." During the 1980s, the fish that were stocked were primarily smallmouth and largemouth bass.
A more aggressive fish-stocking program was adopted in the 1990s with bass, crappie and bullheads stocked as game fish and perch stocked as food fish for the larger species. Toward the end of the decade, the Fish Stocking Committee determined that another study should be performed to assess the merits of the fish-stocking program. This study, which served as a graduate student's Masters thesis, was completed in April 2001. It concluded that "There is a self-sustaining population of smallmouth and largemouth bass in Peck Lake. Stocking of these fish is not required unless it is desired by the concerned parties to replace the fish being taken out of the lake."
Concern over the quality of the fishing and the appropriateness of the fish-stocking program led to a third lake study. This study was performed in 2008 by Princeton-Hydro, a lake-management firm from New Jersey. The third study was more comprehensive than the previous two, examining not only the fish population, but also the entire food chain, water quality and fish habitat. The fishery management plan contained in this study, which can be found in the Archives page of this website, continues to guide the PLPA's fish-stocking program.
Maintaining a robust fishery that is attractive to sports fisherman is an on-going challenge. The Peck family and the Lake Committee continue to commit significant resources to maximizing the potential of the lake as it ages. Both fish-stocking and habitat-improvement are performed annually in the spring and/or the fall. A special fund for fish-stocking has been established to ensure that member donations, and contributions from the Peck family and the PLPA that are earmarked for fish-stocking are used for that purpose. In addition, the proceeds from a number of fund-raising events and monthly can and bottle drives are used exclusively for fish-stocking and lake maintenance.
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