What better way to spend a beautiful summer day than pursuing one of New York State’s premier gamefish, the black bass (PDF).
Two species of black bass are found in New York, the largemouth bass and the smallmouth bass. Largemouths prefer shallower weedy water, while smallmouths are more often found in rivers or in deeper water in lakes. Check out the June 2018 Conservationist Letters (PDF) to view a picture showing the difference in gape size between the two species.
The Finger Lakes produce some of the best bass fishing in the State. Try the shallow weedy areas of Cayuga, Otisco, Conesus and Honeoye for largemouth action and the slightly deeper areas of Seneca, Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka, Skaneateles, Otisco, Owasco and Hemlock for smallmouth. For a successful summertime bass fishing experience, try using a wacky rig.
New to fishing? Attend one of DEC’s Free Fishing events that are held throughout the Sta