3 Reasons to Try Conesus Lake Fishing

By Andy Whitcomb

Jul 05, 2021

Here are a few reasons to consider fishing in Conesus Lake this summer, one of New York’s Finger Lakes. Add it to your summer fishing bucket list! 

About a half hour south of Rochester, New York, near Livonia, anglers can be found pursuing Conesus Lake fishing. One of the region’s “finger lakes,” Conesus Lake NY fishing boasts about 3400 acres on this 8 mile long lake which flows to the north.


Most of the Finger Lakes are considered “two story” fisheries which means the lake remains cold enough to support freshwater fishing for species like trout. However, when researching what kind of fish are in Conesus, one will find that even though a maximum depth of 60 feet, this is a warm water fishery. Conesus lake fish species include sunfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed), bass (primarily largemouth), and pike. Conesus Lake fishing is also noted to contain walleye, tiger muskie, and pickerel so consider bringing wire leaders if targeting toothy fish.

Bass Production

Conesus Lake bass fishing is good enough to support frequent Conesus Lake fishing tournaments. Although bass fishing pressure in the aquatic vegetation of the shallow edges may be high at times, researching the Conesus Lake fishing report shows that big bass can still be caught by focusing on deep weeds, docks, and weed edges. Conesus Lake NY fishing regulations for bass show a 12 inch minimum with a maximum daily limit of 5, however, catch and release is encouraged.

Fishing Access

Conesus Lake fishing of course requires a New York fishing license. When considering where to fish, keep in mind that there is only one boat ramp for trailered boats, which is located on the east side of the middle section of the lake but the map shows access for “car top” vessels such as kayaks at both the north and south ends. Several types of invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels are in Conesus so make sure to take the necessary precautions with your vessel to prevent the spread.

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.