THE LAKES | FEATURED SPECIES | PHOTOS  | ARTICLES / TIPS
Species in this lake:
Smallmouth BassLandlocked SalmonBluegills/SunfishLargemouth BassYellow PerchLake TroutRainbow TroutRock BassCarpChain Pickerel

Lakes:
Cayuga Lake
Seneca Lake
Owasco Lake
Skaneateles Lake
Keuka Lake
Cross Lake
Sodus Bay
Lake Ontario
Otisco Lake
Canandaigua Lake

Skaneateles Lake

This lake is unique among Finger Lakes. It has the highest water quality of any of the Finger Lakes. The sheer beauty of this lake and its shoreline – lined with forests and cliffs up to 100’ high makes fishing here an unforgettable experience.

There is no alewife or smelt forage base here, thus fish are typically hungrier and often move shallower than in other Finger Lakes.

The fishing in this lake is remarkably consistent from year to year and this lake offers good opportunities to consistently catch rainbow trout and lake trout on the fly-rod as well as by conventional techniques. The rainbow trout fishing here is undisputedly the best in the Finger Lakes. Landlocked salmon fishing here has been good over the past three or four years.   All species of fish present in this lake have wild populations.

The yellow perch and smallmouth bass fishing is excellent here. This lake has a tremendous population of smallmouth bass, including some large fish.   The lake fishes really well from ice-out through early June and then again in the fall from late October through December.  Smallmouth bass fishing holds up all summer long.   Other species found here include largemouth bass, brown trout (rare) and chain pickerel.   This lake has some very nice sized pickerel, panfish (huge rockbass and sunfish) and largemouths.

This lake's clear water can make for tough fishing when there's no wind and a high sun - especially in the fall.   But the beauty of this lake is unsurpassed - a slow day fishing here is still a day you will remember (fortunately we don't have many slow days fishing here.)

My success rate during these time periods on the lake is virtually 100%! It’s an awesome fishery and incredibly underrated lake and my #1 pick for a beginning lake fly-fisherman or for someone who just wants to consistently catch some nice trout or bass.


 
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