Finger Lakes Fishing Charters

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Top Finger Lakes Destinations

Finger Lakes: 16 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Romulus
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Ithaca
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trips from US $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Constantia
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trips from US $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Cicero
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trips from US $350
Bernhards Bay
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trips from US $575
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Bridgeport
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trips from US $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Skaneateles
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trips from US $600
Ithaca
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trips from US $300
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Romulus
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trips from US $550
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5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Chittenango
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trips from US $600

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Finger Lakes


The average price for a private 4 hour Finger Lakes fishing trip is US $378, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $554 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.


The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Finger Lakes are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Finger Lakes are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Finger Lakes are:

Many fishing charters in Finger Lakes provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Finger Lakes are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Finger Lakes?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Finger Lakes are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $405
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $300
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $521
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $492

Fishing in Finger Lakes

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 Fishing Seasons

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.

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Finger Lakes?

Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Had a great time caught large mouth.smallmouth .perch sunfish and huge tiger muskie 3 others tigers got to boat but shook off line and were gone were going back !
David  T.
David T. Rochester, New York
Locked With Lorensen – Oneida Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Oneida Lake
Fishing charter in Cicero
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a great time. Ryan is very knowledgeable, knows the lake well and where to find fish. Will definitely book with him again in the future.
George  H.
George H. Albany, New York
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Had a great time! Will definitely be coming back, we hit our limit on bass, lake trout, and got quite a few Perch! Also, the knowledge on fishing was amazing.. kids learned a lot. Thank you, Captain Buck!
Josh  M.
Josh M. Bayberry, NY
Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles Lake
Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles Lake
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Captain Mike was so attentive the entire trip. He go us on the fish. Had a great day! Thanks Captain Mike
Barb  S.
Barb S. Rohrerstown, PA
Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles Lake
Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles Lake
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
One of the best guided fishing trips I've ever been on. I had requested ahead of time that I'd like to focus on Smallies during our trip, and Mike was happy to oblige. He had us on the fish from the outset, and I lost count of how many we caught during the day. We even stumbled across a few other species throughout the day. If you like to actually FISH, and not just troll around the lake, then Mike is the guide for you!
Jason  D.
Jason D. Norman, OK
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Captn Buck is a friendly, knowledgeable, highly experienced and determined fisherman that will do what it takes to ensure you have a great trip. We had a great day on Skaneateles fishing for small mouth bass and lake perch. The fish weren’t as enthusiastic about eating as we were about catching them! We caught plenty to eat and had a great day. I will fish with this man again!
Steve  C.
Steve C. Geneva, FL
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We had an awesome overall experience. Captain Ryan took us to various spots around the lake to find fish. He was very informative and taught us proper technique to lure fish along with baiting multiple poles to increase our chance of catching a variety of fish. We were able to use several different lures and rigs and had a blast learning how to use them. At the end of our trip, fish began hitting and we had the best time. Highly recommend.
Kimberly  M.
Kimberly M. RUSCMBMNR Township, PA
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
If your looking for a charter on cayuga lake call locked with Lorensen he knows where the fish are 👍
Jim  W.
Jim W. Buffalo, NY
Locked With Lorensen – Oneida Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Oneida Lake
Fishing charter in Cicero
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had a nice evening trip on Oneida Lake with Locked with Lorenzen for a multi species fishing ? trip. 3 keeper walleye with largest 25+ inches and 4 throwbacks, big yellow perch, fat sunfish, and 2 big white perch. Nice cooler of mixed fish ? fry for Friday night and some to hit the freezer box for future dinner. Ryan has it going on all over as we fished Cayuga, Oneida and looking to book for another area Upstate NY
Anthony  A.
Anthony A. Buffalo, NY
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Lucky Buck Fishing Charters – Skaneateles
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Great time fishing with Buck. We caught bass,perch and lake trout. Great day. Will be back
Brian  W.
Brian W. Jonestown, PA
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Captain Ryan was great! The morning started out windy, but sunny and we had a great day of fishing. He was very knowledgeable about the lake, reading the water and guiding in general. My husband and I had a great time and highly recommend!
Heather  A.
Heather A. Buffalo, New York
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We had an excellent fishing day thanks to Captain Lorenson's expert guidance. He showed us where, when, and how to catch the most beautiful fish, and his skills ensured our success. We had a great adventure, and we want to thank Mike for making it possible.
Fred  I.
Fred I. New York, New York
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Awesome experience fishing the beautiful Cayuga lake with Ryan Lorensen - Had a great time catching lake trout - beautiful hard fighting fish ! Thank you Ryan !
Sudhir  S.
Sudhir S. Bengaluru, Karnataka
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
An absolutely amazing, action packed day as always. Managed to land to but were hookimg up to fish non stop. Would 100% reccomend Ryan to anyone coming out.
Mikey  O.
Mikey O. Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We got the nice day we were all hoping for . Before going out with Ryan are group was clueless on where to find the big-gins .Fortunately for is that was all handled by captain Lorenson . We were laughing and over joyed all day on the water . Found many honey holes . All equipment was organized maintained and on point all matching . As well as the captain was fun and exciting also could back the boat into the water .. Thanks would do it again .
Mark  L.
Mark L. United States
Locked With Lorensen – Oneida Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Oneida Lake
Fishing charter in Cicero
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Had an absolute blast with captain Ryan Lorensen. His trips never disappoint. Top of the lline gear and equipment to use and comfortable boat conditions. Ryan is the most easy going guy you could ask for in a fisherman. He is a wealth of information for the waters and fish. Ryan just puts you on fish and when conditions get tough he always has a few tricks up his sleeve to get the fish biting. I have already booked with him again and wouldn't consider going on a charter with anyone else!
Brad  S.
Brad S. Glens Falls, New York
Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles Lake
Upstate Guide Service – Skaneateles Lake
Fishing charter in Skaneateles
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
My son and I had an awesome day with Mike. Caught a bunch of Lake trout, some rock bass and a monster 5lb smallmouth. Had a great time, learned a ton and made the most out of a cooler drizzly day. Mike was great with my 11 yr old who doesn’t always take instruction very well. Thanks Mike, heal up and we will find some time to go out again next year! Be well.
James  R.
James R. Pittsford, NY
Upstate Guide Service – Oneida Lake
Upstate Guide Service – Oneida Lake
Fishing charter in Blossvale
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Had a great time, was non-stop action all day long. Caught alot of fish and had a great time, couldn't ask for a better guide!!! Would recommend him to anyone. I will be going out with him soon!!!!!!
Jason  S.
Jason S. George West, TX
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
i have never been laker fishing before. i was taught the correct technique and quickly got the hang of it thanks to Ryan. my buddy and i ended up with 10 for the day
Marty  R.
Marty R. Houston, Texas
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Locked With Lorensen – Cayuga & Otisco Lake
Fishing charter in Romulus
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
very nice man! very ez to carch fish with the captain ~ good luck guys. Fishing with Ryan must be the best choice
Guanboyu  R.
Guanboyu R. Liverpool, New York