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Onondaga Lake

Onondaga County, NY
Onondaga County, NY
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Onondaga Lake is a large lake located in Onondaga County in the city of Syracuse. Onondaga Lake has a checkered past as one of the most polluted lakes in the country, but in recent years, as the lake has become cleaner and fish habitat has improved, it has also become a very popular fishing location for black bass and carp anglers.
Abundant rooted aquatic vegetation can be found around the entire lake from shore out to about 10 feet of water.
2,944 acres
LAKE SIZE
60 feet
MAX DEPTH
12.0 miles
SHORELINE
400 feet
ELEVATION
ACCESS
Onondaga Lake Park. Concrete ramp. Parking for 40 cars and trailers. Fee.
Good shore access around much of the lake through Onondaga Lake Park.

Seneca River Hayes Road. 3664 Hayes Road, Lysander. Parking for 9 cars and trailers and fishing platform.

Proposed new boat launch
FISH TO CATCH
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brown Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Tiger Muskie
Walleye
White Perch
Yellow Perch
Bowfin
Carp
Drum (Sheepshead)
Gizzard Shad
Longnose Gar
Pumpkinseed
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Onondaga Lake.
ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES
Onondaga Lake has a surprising number of fish species present, and you never know what species you may end up catching next. The most popular gamefish are largemouth and smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass grow large in the lake with fish commonly caught in the 17 to 19-inch range. One thing to keep in mind when fishing this lake is that largemouth bass can be found very shallow throughout much of the year. Smallmouth bass prefer the deeper water and often congregate around the mouth of Nine Mile and Onondaga Creeks when gizzard shad schools form there in mid-summer. Fishing the lake outlet in late summer can often produce good catches of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Common carp are numerous, grow large, and can be found throughout the lake.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Onondaga Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Onondaga Lake is not typically stocked, but it received surplus tiger musky stockings in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Onondaga Lake is a highly studied water body. The State University of New York's Environmental Science and Forestry School (ESF) does numerous research projects on the lake, and it's not uncommon to catch a fish that has been tagged. If you catch a tagged fish, write down the tag number, species, length of the fish, location where it was caught, and call the contact phone number on the tag to report it.

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