Cayuga Lake Professional Review and Guide
"The longest (38 miles) digit in the system, this 42,000-acre lake averages 180 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 435 feet. The city of Ithaca and numerous villages hug half the shore; the other half is steep, forested hills and sheer cliffs.
This lake is known for huge largemouth bass. Most run 3 to 6 pounds, but 9-pounders are available. The shallow northern basin, from Mud Lock toHibiscus Point, is loaded with them. They hang out in the weedy shallow water in early summer and late fall and in the channel running down the center during hot weather. Northern pike up to 15 pounds and chain pickerel up to 4 pounds share this fertile range. Lately pickerel have become far more numerous than northerns. All three species hit live bait, spinnerbaits, twitchbaits, and minnow-imitating crankbaits worked along weed edges, over submerged weed beds, and around structure."