Oneida Lake, located ten miles north of Syracuse in Oneida and Oswego Counties, is the largest lake lying wholly within New York State. Oneida Lake is a relatively shallow, natural lake with an average depth of 22 feet and is named for the Iroquois Nation Oneida Tribe. The Oneidas called the lake "Tsioqui" or "white water", a reference to the wave action on the lake on windy days. Gamefish present include walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky. Panfish present include yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, white perch, white bass and bullhead. Channel catfish, freshwater drum (sheephead), and carp are also found in good numbers.
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