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Cazenovia Lake

Madison County, NY
Madison County, NY
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Cazenovia Lake is a medium sized heavily developed water body located in Madison County in the Village of Cazenovia.
This lake traditionally has had significant rooted aquatic vegetation along the shoreline, out to about 15 feet of water, with extensive weed growth in the north and south ends of the lake. Most of this vegetation consisted of the exotic invasive Eurasian watermilfoil. The lake was chemically treated in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 in an effort to reduce the amount of watermilfoil. With the milfoil reduction native vegetation should begin to increase in the lake.
1,164 acres
LAKE SIZE
45 feet
MAX DEPTH
23 feet
AVG DEPTH
9.5 miles
SHORELINE
1200 feet
ELEVATION
ACCESS
McNitt State Park off East Lake Road. Hand launch and carry down. Approximately a 75 yard carry to water. Parking for 10 cars. Park hours are from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Route 20 Department of Transportation Parking area. Hand launch.

Lakeside Park. Fee launch with seasonal operation. Please call the Village of Cazenovia at 315-655-3041, or visit their web site for more information on the rules, hours and dates of operation for the launch.
FISH TO CATCH
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Largemouth Bass
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
Yellow Perch
Chain Pickerel
Pumpkinseed
White Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Cazenovia Lake.
ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES
Largemouth bass and chain pickerel are the main gamefish in the lake. Largemouth bass in the 15-inch range are plentiful with some 20-inch fish caught each year. Legal length chain pickerel are also common. There is a sunken Island (or hump) about halfway up on the east side that's a good location for bass. The north end of Cazenovia Lake is a very popular ice fishing location for black crappie and bluegill. Bluegill and crappie can be caught during day, but anglers specifically targeting crappie often fish after dark. Just remember the McNitt State Park closes at 9:00 PM. Yellow perch are also found in the lake but are more elusive then the bluegills or crappies, but when found they are often nice sized and run in the 10 to 12-inch range. Rock bass are often overlooked by anglers but are plentiful and grow large in the lake.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Cazenovia Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
DEC began to actively manage Cazenovia Lake in 2012 due to improvements in access to the lake. Two surveys were done in 2012: an electrofishing survey in May and a gill net survey in July. One of the prime objectives for the surveys was to address the issue of restarting a DEC walleye stocking program in the lake, which last occurred in 1977. Additionally, another objective was to develop a picture of the overall fish community of the lake. In total 1,281 fish were caught, representing 17 species. Largemouth bass were the most numerous with 484 caught, 38% of catch, followed by 190 yellow perch, 155 bluegill, 151 pumpkinseed sunfish, 52 walleye, and 50 smallmouth bass. The number of walleye caught during the gill netting survey was surprising, as Cazenovia Lake has not been legally stocked with walleye since 1989. Catch per unit effort (CPUE) ranged from zero to 18 fish/net with a mean of 6.25 fish/net. The bulk of the catch was comprised of two year old walleye in the 290-329 mm range (70% of catch).

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