Finger Lakes

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Finger Lakes Fishing Charters

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Finger Lakes: 6 fishing charters available

Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Constantia
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trips from $375

Sich's Guide Service – Cayuga Lake

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Ithaca
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Skaneateles
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trips from $600

Sich's Guide Service – Oneida Lake Walleye

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Bridgeport
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $450

Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Chittenango
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Skaneateles
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Finger Lakes

The average price for a private 8 hour Finger Lakes fishing trip is $615 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing, Sich's Guide Service – Cayuga Lake, and Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles are some of the most popular fishing charters in Finger Lakes. Full list of top fishing charters in Finger Lakes.

Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing and Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Finger Lakes.

The most popular fish species you can target are Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Atlantic Salmon. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, jigging, and trolling. Lake fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

It’s no wonder that the Finger Lakes are a favorite destination for New York anglers. Consisting of 11 glacially formed bodies of water, as well countless surrounding rivers, streams, and ponds, this unique spot is home to a variety of fish species. Head out on a Finger Lakes fishing trip and cross this dream destination off your bucket list!

The Finger Lakes are considered both coldwater and warmwater fisheries. As such, you’ll be able to target different fish in different lakes. The coldwater lakes are a hotspot for Lake Trout, as well as Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout. The warm water lakes are considered some of the best for Bass fishing in New York. Target Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, as well Walleye, Pike, and Yellow Perch.

Choosing the right trip will depend on your goals. If you’re looking to explore just one of the lakes, a half day trip can put you on a few different fish. If you have a specific target in mind or you’d like to dip your rod into more than one lake, a full day trip is a better choice. Fishing the Finger Lakes is a year-round activity so if you’re here in the winter, try out ice fishing!

After you’ve decided what fish you’d like to target, deciding where to look for a charter becomes much easier. For incredible Trout and Salmon fishing, head to the Skaneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Canadice and Hemlock Lakes. For Bass and other warm water fish, try the Cayuga, Otisco, Conesus and Honeoye Lakes.

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over the age of 16 are required to purchase a New York fishing license. The 11 lakes are subject to differing open seasons, possession, and size limits. To ensure you’re fishing within the law, head out with a reputable guide.

Finger Lakes
Very good
4.0 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

If you’re willing to brave the cold, head out for some ice fishing! Otisco Lake has great Tiger Muskie fishing. Owasco, Skaneateles, Canadice, and Keuka Lake are where you want to be for Trout.

February

It’s all about ice fishing for Walleye this month. Walleye are shy, even in the winter, so wait until low light before heading to Cayuta Lake to get in on the action.

March

Smelt start making their run at the beginning of the month so grab a net and dip for limits. You can also target Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Trout.

April

Spring has sprung and Trout mania has taken over the Finger Lakes! Take advantage of the incredible Lake Trout fishing onoffer or mix it up by targeting Browns and Rainbows.

May

Walleye and Northern Pike fishing opens up again on the first Saturday of May. If you came to the lakes to get in on the incredible Trout and Salmon action, this is a great time to head to Cayuga or Seneca Lake.

June

Bass fishing finally kicks off in the second half of the month. This momentous occasion is marked by the annual Fishing Derby on Lake Otisco, drawing in anglers from all over.

July

In the summer, it’s all about proving why the Finger Lakes are considered the best Bass fishery in New York. Head to warm water lakes like Owasco, Otisco, and Honeoye Lakes.

August

It’s high season on the Finger Lakes. The weather is beautiful and the fish are bountiful. Go after anything from Trout to Bass, Walleye, and Yellow Perch.

September

Things start to quiet down after Labor Day, as vacationers make their way back home. There’s still great fishing to be had, however. Get in on the Bass and Trout action while you still can!

October

Some say this is the best time to visit the Finger Lakes. Not only is the fishing fantastic, but the fall foliage will take your breath away! It's also your last chance to get your hands on Bass before the season closes.

November

Bass fishing season may have ended, but we still have those coldwater fish to look forward to. Keep hooking Trout, Crappie, and Yellow Perch.

December

If it’s been cold enough, some of the shallower Finger Lakes may have frozen over. In that case, indulge in some ice fishing for Trout.


Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing
Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Constantia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Captain J runs a great trip, professional, personable and is very knowledgeable about the lake and how to get fish in the boat. 100% recommend Captain J and already booking a Fall River trip
Michael  M.
Michael M. Rochester, NY
Sich's Guide Service – Cayuga Lake
Sich's Guide Service – Cayuga Lake
Fishing charter in Ithaca
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
We are so happy to meet Joe and to know this amazing person! He was not only teach us fishing but he took care of us!
Svetlana  M.
Svetlana M. Whitefield, New Hampshire
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Buck hosted one of the most enjoyable fishing days my son and I have have. Captain Buck exemplifies the reasons for fishing with a guide. His knowledge of the sport, willingness to share, and especially his knowledge of the lake were the reasons for the exceptional day. My son and I plan to return in big part because of our time with Buck. We caught many fish and a variety of species. I would highly recommend a day with Captain Buck!!!
John  M.
John M. Palatine, IL
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Fishing charter in Chittenango
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
We loved the whole experience! Captain Buck was knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining! We will be back!
Stephanie  B.
Stephanie B. Stafford, VA
Sich's Guide Service – Cayuga Lake
Sich's Guide Service – Cayuga Lake
Fishing charter in Ithaca
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Joe gave the three of us an excellent angling experience. He was extremely helpful and hard working. And we caught a ton of fish! We can't thank Joe enough for the experience! Best trip of our lives ! We can't recommend Joe enough for others thinking about taking a charter on Lake cayuga
Khaldun  M.
Khaldun M. Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Passionate about fishing, charismatic and energetic, Lucky Buck is excellent company. He ran a terrific trip.
Erik  S.
Erik S. Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Fishing charter in Chittenango
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
We had a great day catching a variety of fish. Great for kids and adults of all skill levels.
Brian  W.
Brian W. Jonestown, PA
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain Buck is truly dedicated to his craft of fishing. We caught Walleye, Perch and some great Lake Trout. He cares deeply about the health of the Lake and works hard to find fish and treat them carefully.
John  D.
John D. Melrose, MA
Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing
Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Constantia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
I have used Jason and his crew on multiple occasions. Regardless of the conditions Jason has worked hard to successfully put us fish. He does his homework so going in he already has a head start. Polite, prompt and professional.
Trevor  K.
Trevor K. Carmel, New York
Sich's Guide Service – Oneida Lake Walleye
Sich's Guide Service – Oneida Lake Walleye
Fishing charter in Bridgeport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
First time up last year with my 6 year old son for walleyes, we smashed them. Joe went above and beyond to make sure we caught fish and stayed on fish.
Craig  B.
Craig B. Reading, Pennsylvania
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Fishing charter in Chittenango
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Enjoyed this adventure on Skaneateles Lake with Captain Buck very much. Referring my brother and nephew. Also, caught over 20 fish (rock bass, small mouth bass, lake trout, perch and sunnies). Great time!!
Elizabeth  G.
Elizabeth G. Liverpool, NY
Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing
Reel Naturalz NY Sport Fishing
Fishing charter in Constantia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Reel Naturalz has it figured out, they provide everything for a great day on the water. Highly recommend booking a trip!
Trent  O.
Trent O. Moravia, New York
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
We primarily targeted Lake Trout, and caught many. Buck shared many effective tips which you’ll not get on You Tube. A great day on the lake!!!
Burt  C.
Burt C. Cortland, New York
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Lucky Buck Fishing – Oneida
Fishing charter in Chittenango
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Great day on the water. Very nice boat buck works hard to get you on fish and keep you there, after a bucket of fish in the boat and a good time i definitely will go again!
Brody  M.
Brody M. Schenectady, NY
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(9 reviews)
The fish bite was light to start but the Captain worked hard to make it good by the end!
John  T.
John T. Buffalo, NY
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Capt. Buck is a very passionate fisherman. He is very knowledgeable about Skaneateles Lake as well as other lakes in the region. He provided great instructions and we had a great time catching fish.
Brian  R.
Brian R. Fairport, NY