The above photos are of Jack Dillon alias Da' Basser from Philadelphia P.A. Every year in May he and his buddies rent a cottage on Keuka Lake for a week. They caught smallmouth, largemouth, lakers, northern pike, and pickerel, they were all good sized fish. Jack is an avid fisherman who practices catch and release fishing. The bass weighed a little over 5 pounds and the northern pike is beauty as well. Live minnows were more productive for the group this year because of the long cold winter and due to the shortage of warm weather the fish are still sluggish even in May.
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.