THE LAKES | FEATURED SPECIES | PHOTOS  | ARTICLES / TIPS
Species in this lake:
Smallmouth BassBluegills/SunfishBlack CrappieLargemouth 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

                           

 Canandaigua Lake

 

I haven't fished here over the past three years.  I'll leave this lake profile up for those interested.  

Smallmouth bass fishing has reportedly been tough here since a major fish kill a few years ago.  Rainbow trout and lake trout fishing has been good to excellent.  Brown trout fishing has been decent too from what I've heard anecdotally.

Canandaigua Lake offers some good to excellent fishing for lake trout, smallmouth bass and yellow perch.   The lake has a lot of nice largemouth bass in it, as well as some decent rainbow trout.    I enjoy visiting this lake during the "off season" - basically before July 4th weekend and after Labor Day.   It's location is close to Rochester and some other heavily populated areas, so this lake receives heavier boat traffic than any of the other large Finger Lakes.   The State boat launch at the north end of the lake can get extremely busy on a hot weekend day during the summer or even on a nice weeknight.    That being said, the southern end of the lake generally features lighter boat traffic.  If you fish this lake in the summer, it's best to start early in the morning.  The same can be said for the other Western Finger Lakes - especially Honeoye and Conesus Lakes.   They have wall-to-wall cottages and plenty of jetskiis and other pleasure boaters.

The lake trout in this lake average around 18" to 20".   There are decent numbers of bigger fish around and a 30"+ laker isn't out of the question.   Most lake trout in this lake are hatchery fish - approximately 80%.   The water quality of this lake is kept top-notch and it shows in the taste of the fish.   The lake trout here are just superb eating - as good as they get.   There is a very proactive lake association and the water quality here is amongst the best in the Finger Lakes. 

Many area bass fishermen had considered this lake to be their favorite or at least in their top 2 or 3 for smallmouths.   I've seen some big smallies cruising around the shallows in the summertime.   Smallmouths relate to typical smallmouth habitat here, as well as largemouth habitat.  Some of the big smallmouths suspend out in open water, chasing bait fish.   In the fall, the jerkbait bite can be a lot of fun here.  Again - we'll see what happens in light of the fishkill from a couple years ago here.  

 

 

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