I haven't fished this lake in over 8 years, but will keep this profile up for those of you interested in the fishery. If you're a serious bass tournament angler and you're used to fishing the Finger Lakes and/or Lake Ontario Bays and smaller ponds, you owe it to yourself to give Cross Lake and the river system here a try. It's very different and will be a good place to develop different techniques as well as gain confidence fishing murky water along with a river system with plenty of gizzard shad - things that you would encounter in most fisheries in the south, midwest and central/southern United States!
This lake has a large longnose gar, gizzard shad and white perch population. During July and August gar up to 45" can be caught here. The fishing is consistent in the middle of the summer and if you are looking for a different experience, this is a great place to get it! There are some tremendous largemouth bass in this lake too. It's a very different body of water than most lakes in Western NY and it's a challenge fishing it. Lots of sand, plenty of deep water and relatively little weed growth combined with turbidity and a huge river influence - it all adds up to a very dynamic fishery. I highly recommend this lake to anglers that have spent most of their time fishing clear natural lakes like the Fingers. This lake is like fishing a southern body of water and is a good "angler education experience."
I would guide here primarily for just gar, though it's a fun place to learn how to vertically fish or "jump fish" with all the bait and white perch/bass exploding on them!
We fished Cross Lake once in 2011 and although I live closer to the lake now, I haven't fished it since then. In 2011, we caught loads of undersized crappies, a few bass and even hooked a channel catfish on a jig. The lake holds some pike, tiger muskies and bowfin too. I am fishing Onondaga Lake a lot more and they are both parts of the same Seneca River system with the same basic species. Onondaga is closer to me, has been fishing and is easier for me to get to.