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Cayuga Lake

Extends northward from the city of Ithaca through Tompkins, Cayuga and Seneca counties. Cayuga Lake ranks second in size among the Finger Lakes, only Seneca is larger. Cayuga Lake offers a diverse fishery for both coldwater and warmwater species. Cayuga Lake has a shallow weedy area at its north end which extends south for approximately six miles and occupies 5,800 acres. The remainder of the lake is deep and supports a coldwater trout and salmon fishery. Many of Cayuga’s tributaries also offer a spring rainbow trout fishery and a fall landlocked salmon fishery. Cayuga Lake Boasts (16 Wineries / 8 Breweries) The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has the honor of being the first-organized and longest-running wine trail in the country!


Physical Features:

Elevation: 381 feet
Area: 42,956 acres
Length: 38 miles
Maximum Width: 3.5 miles
Maximum Depth: 435 feet
Mean Depth: 181 feet

Fish Species:

  • Lake Trout
  • Atlantic Salmon (Also Called Landlocked Salmon)
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Bluegill
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Black Crappie
  • Yellow Perch
  • Channel Catfish
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Common Carp
  • Longnose Gar
  • White Sucker
  • Longnose Sucker
  • Alewives
  • Rainbow Smelt
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Round Goby and Lake Sturgeon

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