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Best New York Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in NY.

Chautauqua Lake, Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Champlain, Oneida Lake, Saratoga Lake and Seneca Lake are the most popular places for fishing in New York, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Cayuga Lake, NY
  • Chautauqua Lake, NY
  • Lake Champlain, NY
  • Oneida Lake, NY
  • Saratoga Lake, NY
  • Seneca Lake, NY
Best Bass Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake, Saratoga Lake and Seneca Lake are considered the best options for largemouth and smallmouth bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Great Sacandaga Lake and Oneida Lake are favorite options for channel and white catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Honeoye Lake, Oneida Lake, Saratoga Lake and Whitney Point Reservoir are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, Oneida Lake, Saratoga Lake and Seneca Lake are some of the more popular lakes to fish for bluegill, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and Saratoga Lake and are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and Seneca Lake are the favorite options for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Favorite Salmon Lakes

Cayuga Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Lake Ontario and Seneca Lake are the most popular lakes for atlantic, chinook, chum, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon fishing. More...

Visit the New York fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the New York map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in NY at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

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