Average Depth: 22 feet
Maximum Depth: 66 feet
Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions
No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Fanwort (Cabomba Caroliniana)
The dominant fishery here involves the catchable trout. The MDFW stocks thousands of trout for put and take fishing every spring and fall. Most of these trout are caught within a month or two following their release, but Onota has long been known for its ability to produce trophy brown trout. As a result, it has been designated as a special brown trout water, with a 15 inch, one per day limit on browns designed to enhance the production of trophies. The bonus salmon, providing another outstanding opportunity to catch a trophy, will continue to be stocked here as long as they are available. Northern pike fishing is also a dominant fishery here, and extremely popular during the winter. Onota does not produce many pike, but it has a reputation for breaking state records for the species. While the fishing for pickerel, bass, yellow perch and sunfish is good, most of the harvest occurs incidentally to the pike and trout fishing. Carp fishermen should target this lake - a new state record is probably swimming in its depths.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Muskie, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Carp, Yellow Perch, White Perch, White Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner
Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: There is a double, concrete boat ramp and parking lot located on the southeast shore about 1/3 of the way from the southern end. To get there, take Lakeway Drive to Burbank Park from Valentine Drive. The ramp is suitable for virtually any class of trailered boat, and there is adequate parking for 75 vehicles. There is also a cement fishing pier located in one of the better fishing areas.
Parking Spaces: More than 40
Mass Pike to exit 2 in Lee to Route 20 towards Lenox, Route 7N to rotary to West Street, right on Valentine, left on Lakeway Drive, to Burbank Park and state boat ramp.
Shoreline Development: Unknown