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Keuka Lake Fishing
Keuka Lake New York

Keuka Lake Fishing



Keuka Lake is the third largest of the Finger Lakes and connects to Seneca Lake at the northeastern end of the lake through a stream. Keuka Lake is principally a cold water lake, with naturally spawning Lake Trout the main target species and it has one of the largest Lake Trout harvest of any lake in New York. The steep-sided ledges along the shoreline also make for ideal Smallmouth Bass and Yellow Perch habitat. Keuka Lake is not only deep, it also has exceptionally clear water. With more than 25 percent of its 187 square miles of watershed in forest, it remains one of the jewels of the Finger Lakes.


The Lake Trout is the most eagerly sought fish and the most numerous species found in Keuka Lake. Trout fishing is available in nearly every deep water location. On the Penn Yan arm, it starts approximately at Willow Grove and runs south to the flats off Hammondsport. On the Branchport arm of the lake, Trout fishing begins at the state park and continues south. The area between Marlena Point and Bluff Point has also been known for producing Lake Trout. Once the Keuka Lake stratifies in the summer and the thermocline is established, the downrigger is the most popular method for catching Lake Trout. In the fall, work off creek mouths where warm water flows occur, as well as the area of the Keuka Outlet.


Smallmouth Bass are king of the cool water species on Keuka Lake. They are most readily available from the opening of the season in mid-June through July. Most anglers will concentrate their efforts on casting crankbaits or jigs in relatively shallow water off the rock rubble points in the lake. These include Willow Grove, Keuka College, Bluff, Eggleston and Marlena Points. In the southern arm of Keuka Lake, Urbana, Two Mile and Willow Points are typically good spots. In mid July the Smallmouth Bass go deep, and often suspend above the thermocline. They like to follow the bait schools, and will often be taken 50 feet deep by anglers. In the fall and winter the Smallmouth Bass become structure oriented again and anglers should concentrate on the ledges and rock rubble slopes off the points and shorelines where there is an immediate drop-off.


Largemouth Bass are limited to the shallow areas near Penn Yan and Branchport. They also share these weed filled areas with Northern Pike and Pickerel. Traditional spinnerbaits, plastic worms and top water plugs can bring action.


Keuka Lake is 20 miles long and Y shaped with a maximum depth of 187 feet, and an average depth of 101 feet.

Location:  Hammondsport, New York

Lake Size:  11,584 Acres

Fishing Species:  Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Northern Pike, Pickerel, Bluegill, Crappie, Landlocked Salmon, Yellow Perch

Keuka Lake Map

Keuka Lake Boat Launches

Keuka Lake State Park Boat Launch
Penn Yan Boat Launch

Keuka Lake Fishing Regulations
Keuka Lake Rainbow Trout Fishing
Minimum 15", 5 per day
Keuka Lake Brown Trout Fishing
Minimum 15", 5 per day
Keuka Lake Trout Fishing
Minimum 15", 3 per day
Keuka Lake Northern Pike Fishing
Minimum 22", 5 per day

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