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Cayuga Lake, NY

A nice mix of cold-water and warm-water fish species offer diverse fishing at Cayuga Lake, in the central part of New York State. One of the famed, Finger Lakes, this a 43,000-acre lake with over 100 miles of shoreline.

There almost a dozen boat launch options located around the lake, providing easy access from all directions. For fishing enthusiasts seeking cold-water species, there are trout, salmon, sturgeon and pike which tend to be more prominent in the deeper, southern half of the lake. Anglers pursuing warm-water fish would do well to concentrate on the shallower, northern section of the lake while fishing for bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. While there is a cross-over of all the species, perch are the most prevalent species to be found in most of the lake. Ice fishing in the northern end of the lake, when there is safe ice, can be good for primarily perch and pike. Shoreline fishing is available at numerous places all around the lake, for anglers preferring to fish from the bank. Local fishing guides and charters are available, offering a wide variety of fishing trip options. While the lake is ideally suited for larger boats - pleasure boats, pontoons and fishing boats, smaller craft like car-top boats, canoes and kayaks can provide access to good fishing water, especially in the northern end. From one end to the other, visitors will find marinas, stores, restaurants, lodging, campgrounds and most amenities required for a fishing trip or family vacation.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, landlocked salmon (Atlantic salmon), chain pickerel, northern pike and lake sturgeon at Cayuga Lake in New York.

Primary fish species residing in Cayuga Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Atlantic salmon Chain pickerel Northern pike Sturgeon

Cayuga Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Finger Lakes Boating Center
Rentals: Pontoon boats
607 272-9227

FLX Marine
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
315 889-5532

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cayuga Lake State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Garden Street Extension, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Deans Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off State Route 89, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lond Point State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Lake Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Mud Lock Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off River Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Myers Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Marina Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Beacon Bay Marina
6255 Water St
Cayuga, NY 13034
315 252-2849

Hideaway Harbor
483 Backus Rd
Cayuga, NY 13034
607 765-4005

Union Springs Marina
Hibiscus Harbor
Union Springs, NY 13160
315 889-5086

Wolffy's Grill and Marina
2943 Lower Lake Rd
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315 257-0077

Click here for a New York Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cayuga Lake State Park Campground - 315 568-5163

Twin Oaks Campground - 315 420-2269

Sned-Acres Family Campground - 607 869-9787

Finger Lakes Region State Park Campground - 607 387-7041

Cayuga Lake NY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Cayuga Lake
Cayuga Lake State Park
2678 Lower Lake Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315 568-5163


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