highland lake: completed


Winning Boater: Ryan Bell: 10.56 lbs
Winning Rider: Billy Schnaars: 3.89 lbs
Lunker: Ryan Bell: 4.16 lbs

Time: 6am-2pm
Type: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass
Motor size: Motors up to 250 horsepower
Size limit: 12 inches

Limit: 5 fish per man 

highland lake

Highland Lake is a 444-acre lake nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Litchfield County near the city of Winsted, Connecticut. Known as a resort lake due to well developed upscale homes on most of its shoreline, the crystal-clear water is also valued for its fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing opportunities.

Highland Lake began as an impoundment on the Mad River. In 1860, the town of Winchester constructed a dam across the river for flood control and later hydroelectric purposes. A unique feature of this dam is its spillway. During high water, the overflow from the lake washes over the top of the dam and across a major street. Traffic using the street must drive through the water. The construction of the dam raised the lake approximately 10 feet from its original height. Today the lake has a maximum depth of 63 feet and stretches for three miles when at full capacity.

Highland Lake is composed of three bays logically named First, Second and Third Bay. Although mostly lined with permanent and summer residences, a forested area that is part of Burr Pond State Park is located on the west side of the southern end of Third Bay. To gain access to the water, visitors can use a state boat launch located on First Bay on the northern end. Second Bay is the shallowest section of the lake and also has some of the best fishing. Fish in the lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, and kokanee trout. Note: Although most fish taken from Connecticut lakes and streams are safe to eat, refer to the Connecticut Fish Consumption Advisory (link below) before eating fish caught from any Connecticut waterway.

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