Kayaking has always been around the Finger Lakes region of New York. The eleven different lakes within the region all have something special and significant to offer all levels of paddlers. These lakes have also been host to many different fishing tournaments. However in the recent years a new sport has begun to spread through the area, a sport that combines both of these heavily populated past times, Kayak Fishing.
The Finger Lakes Region of New York is a prime location for this growing sport. No matter what type of water you are looking to get into, the Finger Lakes have it. Seneca Lake, the largest of the eleven lakes is known as “The Lake Trout capital of the world”. At 35 miles long and over 600 feet deep in some points, there are hundreds of areas to get lost on a kayak for the day. If Seneca Lake and its plentiful supply of Lake Trout are to “flashy” for you, there are many other options for you. Just a twenty minute drive away is the much smaller, calmer, Keuka Lake. This “wishbone” shaped lake is 20 miles long and only a little more than 100 feet deep is home to some of the best small mouth bass in the state. Keuka Lake has many streams and inlets that the bass love to call home, and the low traffic on the lake make the fish more than abundant, and very hungry.
These are only two examples of the eleven main lakes that make up our beautiful region, and this article doesn’t even start to count the dozens of smaller lakes and canals that connect them all together, making the Finger Lakes a true center for anyone looking to get into the sport of kayak fishing.
Another advantage of the area is the accessibility of the main lakes, with one of the largest cities in the Finger Lakes on the northern tip, Geneva; Seneca Lake is one of the most accessible lakes in the region. This accessibility makes Seneca Lake home to the most tournaments throughout the years, many of which have even started Kayak divisions, and have gotten small specialized kayak shops to even come into these tournaments as sponsors.
Just like in any sport, the correct equipment for your specific paddling style can make or break your experience on the water. That is why it is always important for growing areas such as the Finger Lakes to have and support these types of businesses. Bringing their education as well as high quality kayak companies; like the market leader, Jackson Kayaks, to the attention of the customer. These shops are a very important to any “up and coming” area. Fuzzy Guppies, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, has that role filled. Specializing in all things kayak fishing, this organization can amplify your experience tenfold.
Everyone in the area has their own favorite hole on their favorite lake. For me, it doesn’t get any better than putting my Jackson Coosa fishing kayak in on the north shore of Seneca Lake, paddling down the east coast, away from all the motor boats and jet skis, and throwing that perfectly quiet cast along that ridge bank where I know there will be an extra hungry large mouth waiting for a fight, a special area where only a kayak and a fish can get to. It’s kind of unfair for those “motor-heads” in there $60k bass boats if you ask me. However, if it is a busy weekend, and I can see it would be hard for me to get away from the noise and craziness I am trying to escape, I drive to my second favorite fishing spot on Keuka Lake. Drop my Coosa in the Outlet just south of the town of Penn Yan, NY and paddle up the east shore, where I would never see one boat, but a ton of Small mouths.
These are important resources or always keep in mind when you make a trip to New York’s Finger Lakes region, but it is only the beginning, each lake truly is unique, offering the paddler a completely new feel and experience. It is important for you to get out and start fishing these lakes, and get your own favorite. Besides, I am not going to give you all of my favorite secret locations right out of the gate….