Finger Lakes

Canadice Lake
By Fred J. Kane
  |  Gorp.com

This three mile long and about 1/2 mile wide lake is part of the watershed that provides the city of Rochester, N.Y., with clean water. Rochester privately owns the land around the lake. Each year it issues about 10,000 free permits to use the lake and surrounding area.

This lovely, small, minor Finger Lake is fine for angling both cold and warm water fish. Also along the tree lined edge of the lake people with permits may hunt deer. All hunting and fishing in the region requires a permit.

A canoe with a small trolling motor will maneuver well on the lake. My choice of boats is a 14 footer with a four horse motor and oars. Why you ask? That's what I own! A16 foot boat is the maximum length allowed and the largest motor permitted is 10 horsepower.

The launch is poor at best. Be ready to get your feet wet or wear waders while launching and retrieving your craft. Parking is limited, so arrive early.

Your standard panfish are available -- smallmouth bass and pickerel. There are some largemouth at the southern tip of the lake near the weed beds; smallmouth are found near the rocks and drop-offs in the deeper edges of the lake.

The deepest part of the lake is about 80 feet. Anywhere along this channel the salmon and trout are brought to the net.

There are no cottages, no speed boats, no sea-dos, no trash and no water skiers. What you carry in, carry out. Leave only you footprints. Occasionally the stillness will be broken by the sound of a motor putting along or a child crying out, "I got one." But mostly all you'll hear are the squeak of the oar lock, the splash of a fish or your own hushed gasp at the sight of an eagle soaring above.

When you visit Canadice Lake, be prepared for a trip back in time. Take a walk along the lakeside paths, scout the area for deer, and remember a time gone by.

Most anglers drift and bottom bounce their lures for deep residing fish. I personally like medium trolling with thin spoons. I tie my lure at the end of 8 to 20 lb. test line. About 6 to 8 feet up the line I attach a one to eight ounce keel sinker. The weight of the sinker is determined by how deep I wish to fish. I will troll slow enough to make the lure wobble or fast enough to make the lure dart and spin. Sometime when I want to fish even deeper I'll use a dipey diver.

A Reminder - A Permit is Absolutely Necessary

According to C. Scott Sampson, past president of New York State Outdoor Writers permits may be obtained from the Hemlock Gate House on Rix Hill Road in the town of Hemlock, New York or send a self addressed envelope requesting a permit. Send it to: City of Rochester Watershed permit, 7412 Rix Hill Road, Hemlock, New York 14466.

"Most of the rainbow and brown trout are stocked fish but there is some natural reproduction of the lake trout in the lake," says Bill Abraham, a fisheries biologist in the Avon, Department of Environmental Conservation Office.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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