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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed, rock bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon and chain pickerel at Skaneateles Lake in New York.

Skaneateles Lake, NY

17 miles long, 8,900 surface acres, and 34 miles of shoreline make Skaneateles Lake an awesome place for a weekend fishing trip or an extended family vacation. Located in the central part of the state, Skaneateles Lake attracts anglers with an interest in catching bass, crappie, walleye, trout, sunfish, perch, salmon and pickerel.

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Skaneateles Lake, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of NY, is a pristine and picturesque destination for fishing enthusiasts. Known for its clear blue waters and scenic beauty, Skaneateles Lake offers a tranquil fishing experience along with breathtaking surroundings.

One of the primary fish species in Skaneateles Lake is the lake trout. These deep-dwelling fish are known for their impressive size and their preference for colder waters. Anglers can target lake trout by trolling with downriggers, using spoons or flasher-fly combinations. The deeper sections of Skaneateles Lake provide ideal habitat for these strong and powerful fish, offering an exciting challenge for anglers seeking a trophy catch.

Rainbow trout and brown trout are also present in Skaneateles Lake. These trout species can be caught using techniques such as trolling with stickbaits or spoons, casting with spinners or crankbaits, or fly fishing with streamers. The trout fishing opportunities in Skaneateles Lake attract anglers of all levels, and the lake's pristine backdrop adds to the overall appeal of the fishing experience.

Skaneateles Lake is also home to smallmouth bass, which are highly sought-after by anglers. These hard-fighting fish can be found near rocky shorelines, drop-offs, and submerged structures. Anglers can use techniques such as casting with jigs, soft plastics, or crankbaits to entice these feisty bass. Smallmouth bass in Skaneateles Lake are known for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights, providing an exhilarating angling experience.

Other fish species found in Skaneateles Lake include yellow perch, panfish such as bluegill and pumpkinseed, and the occasional northern pike. These species provide additional angling diversity and opportunities for anglers to explore. Yellow perch and panfish are popular targets for family fishing trips or for those seeking a more relaxed fishing experience. Anglers can use techniques such as bobber fishing with worms, small jigs, or live bait to target these species.

Skaneateles Lake in New York offers a tranquil fishing experience with its variety of fish species and stunning natural beauty. Whether targeting trout, bass, perch, or panfish, anglers can enjoy the thrill of the chase and the rewards of a successful catch. Boating and camping amenities further enhance the outdoor experience, making Skaneateles Lake an enticing destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts seeking a memorable fishing adventure in a serene and picturesque setting.

Smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon are the top draws with quality schools of each residing in the lake. Ice fishing can be good, once safe ice sets in, for lake trout and yellow perch.

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Primary fish species residing in Skaneateles Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Rainbow Trout Lake trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Atlantic Salmon Chain pickerel

Skaneateles Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Skaneateles Lake, with public boat launches available for easy access to the water. Anglers can explore the lake's pristine beauty, find productive fishing spots, and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. The calm waters of Skaneateles Lake are also perfect for recreational boating, kayaking, and canoeing, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Skaneateles Lake

Skaneateles Lake Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats
315 664-4184

Skaneateles Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
315 685-5095

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Andrew Fuller Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located at the southern end of the lake, off Glen Haven Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

DEC Boat Launch, Skaneateles Lake
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Nys Boat Launch Fire Lane 15, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Skaneateles Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Fire Lane 44, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.


Skaneateles Marina
1938 W Lake Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152
315 685-5095

The Glen Haven Marina
7533-7249 E Lake Rd
Homer, NY 13077
607 749-3779

Click here for a New York Fishing License.

Camping facilities near Skaneateles Lake offer opportunities for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their stay and fully embrace the natural surroundings. Campers can enjoy peaceful evenings under starry skies, cook freshly caught fish over a campfire, and wake up to the sounds of nature. The camping options range from primitive campsites to more developed campgrounds, providing different levels of comfort to suit various preferences.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Otisco Lake Campgrounds and Marina - 315 636-9925

Skaneateles Lake NY Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Skaneateles Lake
Skaneateles Marina
1938 W Lake Rd
Skaneateles, NY 13152
315 685-5095


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