Which Finger Lake Has the Best Smallmouth Fishing?

When it comes to smallmouth bass fishing, the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York is one of the best spots in the country. The eleven Finger Lakes stretch across western and central New York and provide some of the most consistent and rewarding smallmouth fishing available. But which Finger Lake has the best smallmouth fishing?

The answer really depends on what kind of fishing you’re looking for. If you’re a tournament angler, then Seneca Lake is probably your best bet.

It has some of the highest concentrations of smallmouths in the region, and offers plenty of structure for finding fish. There are also plenty of deep pockets to explore as well as shallow flats to Target during summer months.

For more relaxed smallmouth fishing, Cayuga Lake is definitely worth checking out. Its generally calm waters offer good sight-fishing opportunities, and its many tributaries provide plenty of cover for bass to hide in throughout the year. And because it’s one of the deepest Finger Lakes, it rarely ever gets too warm or too cold, making it an ideal spot for almost any time of year.

Finally, if you’re looking for a more remote experience, then Otisco Lake is a great choice. It’s one of the least populated Finger Lakes and offers plenty of seclusion from other anglers.

It also has a wide variety of structure that can be fished from shore or by boat. The northern end is particularly good for finding larger smallmouths during spring and summer months.

Conclusion: With its variety of lakes, structures, depths and climates, the Finger Lakes Region offers something for every type of smallmouth angler. But if we had to pick one lake that stands out as having the best all-around smallmouth fishing experience, it would have to be Cayuga Lake – with its consistent temperature throughout all seasons combined with excellent sight-fishing opportunities and abundant cover make it one of the top spots in Upstate New York.

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Michael Allen