Science says that give or take 2 million years ago, large massive bodies of ice flowed carving deep trenches in the earth, and the Finger Lakes were formed. The Native Americans feel the Finger Lakes were the fingerprints of the Great Spirit touching the earth and turning the ground sacred. Many Finger Lakes towns and villages bear names derived from Native American languages. Depending how you tend to look at things, the Finger Lakes are a great place to vacation and of course fish.
Winter will soon be over, and many of us will start to think about Spring and Summer. Time to get our fishing equipment out. Look through the DEC Freshwater Fishing Guide that you received when you got your fishing license. This guide has a great deal of information in it. There are actually eleven Finger Lakes not five as many people believe. Listed below are the lakes and the fish that can be found there.
Otisco Lake has a causeway that extends across the lake. It is located near the southern end of the lake. This divides the lake into two different water basins. The northern basin is deeper with clear water, and the southern basin is more shallow and murkey. Fish incluce walley, trout, tiger musky, sunfish, perch, crappie, large and small mouth bass, and white bass.
Owasco lake is a shallow lake compared to other Finger Lakes. The water warms faster. You can catch lake trout all year round in Owasco. Other fish include brown trout, northern pike, rainbow trout, yellow perch, large and small mouth bass, pickerel, rockbass, walleye, bullhead, yellow perch, pumpkin seed, and bluegill.
Skaneateles Lake has a variety of pickerel, large and small mouth bass, walleye and panfish.
Cayuga Lake is best known for its brown Trout, lake Trout, and rainbow trout. Found in the warmer waters and shallow areas are pickerel, large and small mouth bass and northern pike. The northern and southern ends of the lake have great fishing due to shoals (large number of fish swimming together).
Seneca Lake's favorite spot for brown and rainbow trout fishing is Catherine Creek on the southern tip. Other fish include, perch, pike, small and large mouth bass.
Keuka is famous for its trout. Other fish include small mouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseed, rock bass and black crappie.
Canandaigua Lake has a variety of lake, rainbow and brown trout.
Honeoye Lake has outstanding panfish such as bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and black crappie. Other fish include walleye, small and large mouth bass and chain pickerel.
Canadice Lake is beautiful with wooded shores and hillsides. It give the impression you are in the Adirondacks. Fish include rock bass, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, bullhead, small mouth bass and chain pickerel.
Hemlock Lake also has wooded shores and a huge variety of fish. Fish include lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye, small and large mouth bass, chain pickeral, bullhead, yellow perch, rockbass, blue gill, pumpkinsee, and lake white fish.
Finally, there is Conesus Lake. Fish include small and large mouth bass, northern pike, bluegills, sunfish, walleye, yellow perch, and tiger muskies.
So you can see why the Finger Lakes are a great place to spend the day fishing. Check out the New York State Freshwater Fishing guide on www.dec.ny.gov.