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New York Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Fishing


The New York Finger Lakes are a popular chain of 11 lakes located in the West-Central section of Upstate New York.  The Finger Lakes are situated on the northern edge of the Appalachian Upland and drain northward to Lake Ontario. These glacial lakes are as piscatorially productive as they are beautiful, and any one of them can offer up outstanding trophy catches. Some of the best Lake Trout fishing in the lower 48 States occurs in the Finger Lakes, but there are also very fine populations of Brown and Rainbow Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Landlocked Salmon, and various Panfish. Other species like Smelt, Pickerel, Muskellunge and Walleye also swim the Finger Lakes. Shore fishing, casting, trolling, ice fishing, downrigging, side planing, tournament fishing - whatever your preference, the Finger Lakes will prove to be most accommodating.




New York Finger Lakes

Canandaigua Lake
Canandaigua Lake NY Finger Lakes

Canandaigua Lake is the fourth largest Finger Lake with a maximum depth of 274 feet.  Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, and Bluegill are caught.
Canandaigua Lake Map Canandaigua Lake Map


Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park Boat Launch
Onanda Park Boat Launch



Seneca Lake
Seneca Lake NY Finger Lakes

Seneca Lake is the deepest of the Finger Lakes with a maximum depth of 618 feet.  Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, and Smallmouth Bass are caught.
Seneca Lake Map Seneca Lake Map


Seneca Lake State Park Boat Launch
Sampson State Park Boat Launch
Lodi Point Marine Park Boat Launch
Severne Point Boat Launch



Otisco Lake Otisco Lake NY Finger Lakes

Otisco Lake is the most easterly of the Finger Lakes and is located near Syracuse.  Otisco Lake is really two lakes because it is divided by a causeway that cuts across the southern portion of the lake. The southern impoundment, or pond as it is sometimes called, is a shallow silt-filled area of about 300 acres that has an average depth of about 7 feet. While most fish at one time of year or another will find their way into the pond, the only important fishery here is for Largemouth Bass in the early season. The channel through the causeway and the main lake side of the area that makes the separation are both important fishing areas. Fishing with live bait, especially minnows, gives you the potential of catching nearly everything that swims in Otisco Lake including some lunker sized Tiger Muskie and Walleye of up to 12 pounds. Smallmouth Bass will be on the shoreline and point structures in the early season. As summer progresses they move off the structure, and you will more often find them suspended and working the schools of baitfish. They will be in the upper 30 feet of water because oxygen levels below the thermocline are not conductive to any of the lake species. Otisco Lake is 2,200 acres with a maximum depth of 76 feet.  Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Brown Trout, and Tiger Musky are caught.
Otisco Lake Map Otisco Lake Map


Otisco Lake Marina Boat Launch



Cayuga Lake Cayuga Lake NY Finger Lakes

Cayuga Lake is the longest of the Finger Lakes at 38 miles long.  Very deep lake with a maximum depth of 435 feet.  Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie are caught.  Cayuga Lake features two state parks with boat launch facilities; Cayuga Lake State Park at the northwest end and Taughannock State Park on the southwest side.
Cayuga Lake Map Cayuga Lake Map


Cayuga Lake State Park Boat Launch
Taughannock Falls State Park Boat Launch
Long Point State Park Boat Launch
Dean's Cove Boat Launch



Keuka Lake Keuka Lake NY Finger Lakes

Keuka Lake is the third largest of the Finger Lakes and shaped like a Y.  Keuka Lake is 11,584 acres with a maximum depth of 183 feet.  Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Largemouth Bass are caught.
Keuka Lake Map Keuka Lake Map


Keuka Lake State Park Boat Launch
Penn Yan Boat Launch



Skaneateles Lake Skaneateles Lake NY Finger Lakes

Skaneateles Lake has one of the highest elevations of the Finger Lakes at 867 feet above sea level.  Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, and Smallmouth Bass are caught here. This is a cold lake, and there is little shallow water as most of the shoreline cascades to the lake at angles into deeper water. Rainbow Trout successfully spawn in the lake's three significant tributaries: Grout Brook, Bear Swamp Creek and Shotwell Brook. Smallmouth Bass are established in just about every shoreline area of the lake and they will typically hold against the rock ledges. Skaneateles Lake is relatively deep with an average depth of 140 feet, and a maximum depth of 298 ft.
Skaneateles Lake Map Skaneateles Lake Map


Skaneateles Lake Boat Launch



Owasco Lake Owasco Lake NY Finger Lakes

Owasco Lake is the sixth largest Finger Lake at 6,600 acres and has a maximum depth of 180 feet. It is a typical glacial lake with shallow waters at the north and south ends. The east and west shores have steep sided ledges that are ideal Smallmouth Bass habitat, and ideal structure for holding trout. Once the thermocline sets up in the summer the largest Lake Trout seem to concentrate below the sharp temperature drop that separates the warm surface waters from the cold bottom layers. Above the thermocline it is not unusual to find Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and some Landlocked Salmon. Prime trout season is May-June. Both the north and south ends of Owasco Lake hold Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Northern Pike due to the rocky structure.
Owasco Lake Map Owasco Lake Map


Emerson Park Boat Launch



Honeoye Lake Honeoye Lake NY Finger Lakes

Honeoye Lake is the second smallest of the Finger Lakes at 1,772 acres with a maximum depth of 30 feet.  Walleye is the principal gamefish and a good number of these fish are taken. Night trolling for Walleye is one of the major angling methods on Honeoye Lake. When the season begins in May, productive trolling will be along the shoreline in only 3-5 feet of water. The southern half of the lake is typically more productive than the northern half, especially along the shore that parallels the deepest part of the lake. As the season progresses, the Walleye move to deeper waters. Largemouth Bass can be found around the many weedbeds in the summer months. Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Rock Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie are caught on Honeoye Lake.
Honeoye Lake Map Honeoye Lake Map


Honeoye Lake State Marine Park Boat Launch



Canadice Lake Canadice Lake NY Finger Lakes

Canadice Lake is the smallest of the Finger Lakes at 649 acres and is located in a beautiful, wilderness setting.  Anglers will often target the more abundant Smallmouth Bass, and fish for Trout and Salmon only when the time is just right. This may be in the spring or fall when the fish are near the surface and susceptible to surface trolling or casting. Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Landlocked Salmon and Pickerel are caught.  Canadice Lake has an average depth of 53 feet, with a maximum depth of 94 feet. A 17 foot boat is the max length allowed and the largest motor permitted is 10 horsepower on Canadice Lake.
Canadice Lake Map Canadice Lake Map


Canadice Lake Boat Launch




Hemlock Lake

Hemlock Lake is 1,800 acres and is one of only two Finger Lakes whose shoreline is mostly undeveloped.  Hemlock Lake, at seven miles in length and a half-mile across, is small by Finger Lakes standards. It has an average depth of 45 feet, with a maximum depth of 90 feet. The lake develops a thermocline during the summer and provides good habitat for cold water species such as Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Landlocked Salmon. Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Yellow Perch and Largemouth Bass are also caught.  Because anglers tend to concentrate on both Trout and Landlocked Salmon fishing here, flat line trolling is an important fishing method. This is especially true in the spring and fall, when these species seek the warmest available water. Boats may not exceed 17 feet in length and motors may not exceed 10 horsepower on Hemlock Lake.
Hemlock Lake Map Hemlock Lake Map


Hemlock Lake Boat Launch



Conesus Lake Conesus Lake NY Finger Lakes

Conesus Lake is the most westerly of the Finger Lakes and one of the best choices for Northern Pike fishing. Northern Pike spawn in the marsh areas of the Conesus Lake Wildlife Management area on the south end of the lake. When the season open in May, they will still be in the waters south of the boat launch. Largemouth Bass seem to control the northern waters of the lake around the weedbeds. Smallmouth Bass are found concentrated more at mid-lake off the structures of Old Orchard, Long and McPherson Points. Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Bluegill are caught. Conesus Lake is 3,420 acres with a maximum depth of 66 feet.
Conesus Lake Map Conesus Lake Map


Conesus Lake Marine Park Boat Launch

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