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.
Lake Size: 11,584
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 Fishing Regulations Keuka Lake Rainbow Trout
Fishing Minimum 15", 5
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