These water supply reservoirs for Rochester are among the smallest of the Finger Lakes, but with the special regulations that prevent shoreline development and restrict boating speed there is a tranquility that adds to the fishing pleasure. In deed, if one could be transported with a blindfold to either of these lakes, they might think they were on a Canadian wilderness lake when the blindfold was removed.According to Native American legend, the lakes are the divine handprints of the Great Spirit. In blessing the land, the spirit's outstretched hands were placed over the region leaving each finger-shaped impression. The hollows that were left quickly filled with crystal-clear water - thus the Finger Lakes were formed.
Finger Lakes Region is truly blessed. It is a land of unparalleled natural beauty, unique geological features and eleven spectacular lakes. Finger Lakes. Big promise? OK, we'll name a few activities: hike, bike, camp, rock climb, mountain bike, water ski, snorkel, sail, boat, canoe, kayak, white-water raft, fish, golf, tennis, polo, fly fish, bird watch. More? How about hang-glide, hot-air balloon, soar, skydive, hunt, ice-fish, down hill ski, snowboard, cross country ski, snowmobile, swim, horseback ride?
Despite propulsion limitations that hold gasoline engines to ten horsepower and under or allow electric trolling motors or oars, most fishing boats plying these lakes are rigged with down riggers for deep trolling for such species as lake trout, brown and rainbow trout. These rigs will catch smallmouth bass, particularly late in the summer when surface temperature drives the bass deep. However, June is a great time to catch smallmouth bass in the shallows along the shore. Whatever you're looking for in a destination, you'll find it in the Finger Lakes Region. Activities, spectacular scenery, history, culture and entertainment
The smallmouth fishing is good but under utilized throughout the Finger Lakes system. Catches can average better than two pounds per bass, which is good smallmouth fishing even in the most famous smallmouth fisheries around the country. Finger Lakes offering this action include Owasco, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Honeoye, Canadice, Hemlock and Conesus. Three others, Skaneatles, Cayuga and Otisco, are not open for bass fishing during the winter season.