Cayuga Lake is the largest of the eleven Finger Lakes, which are named for their long and narrow shape. Expect to find Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, and so much more in the Spring and Summer. If you prefer a winter wonderland, ice fishing can yield Panfish and Pickerel at the north end of the lake and at Milliken Station. Be sure to check out our Bassmaster Elite Tournaments! CLICK HERE to find more details about Cayuga County’s Lakes.
Have your own boat or seeking a guided fishing experience? CLICK HERE to find more Charters and Marinas on our Finger Lakes and Great Lake.
Lake Ontario may be one of the smaller of the five Great Lakes, but proudly boasts the world record for largest Coho salmon caught on record, weighing 33 pounds, 7 ounces. Chinook salmon- commonly called ‘Kings’, are arguably the most sought-after and highly desired by charters – and we’ve got them! Steelhead is a rainbow trout with the same migratory patterns as the salmon species. Also find brown trout, lake trout, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, as well as brook trout. The whole family can enjoy LOC Derby fishing competitions in Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven along Lake Ontario has a wealth of fishing opportunities and services. Find most of your charters in this area. This little slice of heaven is known for brown trout, bullhead, yellow perch, smallmouth, and largemouth bass. Even ice fishing is possible due to the shallower waters – you’ll catch northern pike and yellow perch. While visiting Fair Haven Beach State Park, venture to Sterling Creek for steelhead.
For a more intimate experience, consider our smaller lakes, rivers, and streams. Cross Lake has a unique blend of species with the Seneca River flowing through the lake. Reel in tiger musky, sizeable white perch, and walleye- especially in the Seneca River and at Jack’s Reef. Common prey species include white perch, yellow perch, and Gizzard Shad, so choose baits that resemble these varieties for the greatest success. Also find large Northern pike, often in the impressive fifteen-pound range. Do not forget common carp and channel catfish, which are both large and abundant.
Fly fishing, anyone? Dresserville Creek near Moravia is a tributary to the Owasco Inlet that offers 4.3 miles of public fishing rights through an easement plan with landowners. Here you will encounter wild brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout.
If species and age diversity is what you seek, try the Owasco Inlet featuring stocked and wild trout and lake run fish from this and previous years. This is a common spawning ground for a variety of trout species.
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Last modified: September 18, 2020