I had never fished in a lake like Keuka Lake before. We went out with 6 people and 3 boats, we had the whole lake to ourselves. I know it was cold in the 30's and low 40's, but with such a great lake it would take a lot more than that to stop us from fishing it. The thing that stands out more than the great fishing in the lake is that every person we meet up there were pleasant beyond belief. There wasn't one time that we would be fishing near the bank and pass someone working or relaxing at their property that they didn't have a tip or a kind word for us, knowing that we were from out of state from the registration numbers on the side of my boat. I can't wait till I can bring my family up there to share the experience with them. Joe Timmons
Keuka Lake is the third largest of the Finger Lakes. Shaped like a Y it is just under 20 miles long in length. It is the only Finger Lake which flows into another. At the north end of the east branch its outflow drains into Seneca Lake. The deepest part of the lake is just under 200 feet deep. Keuka Lake has a good population of lake trout, rainbow, browns and landlocked salmon. Bass both smallmouth and largemouth abound in its clear waters. Northern pike, perch, crappie, rockbass, bluegills, and bullheads are plentiful here as well.
At one time Keuka Lake held the state record for brown trout at 22 pounds, but the larger waters of Lake Ontario have given up many larger specimens since then, including the current New York State record brown trout which weighed 33 lb. 2oz. It was caught by Tony Brown on a Smithwick Rogue from Lake Ontario on June 10, 1997.
The Finger Lakes and Finger Lakes Tributaries have special regulations that allow exceptions to the general statewide regulations. One such exception is the Special Season on Black Bass fishing in Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Keuka and Seneca lakes from the first Saturday in May thru the Friday before the third Saturday in June, Catch and Release fishing is allowed.