Hemlock Lake

Buffalo, New York

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Set in the gently rolling hills south of Rochester, this 1,800-acre lake is an integral part of the city’s water supply and remains totally undeveloped. Seven miles long, it averages 40 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 91 feet. While some natural reproduction takes place, this lake’s splendid salmonid fishery is maintained through massive state intervention. Every year roughly 3,200 9-inch lake trout and 8,200 averaging 6 inches are stocked. They grow rapidly to range from 5 to 8 pounds on the habitat’s abundant smelt and alewives and are commonly targeted by trolling flutter spoons through the thermocline and by jigging spoons on bottom. Another popular laker technique is to hang a lantern over the side of the boat at night and fish live minnows below slip bobbers about 40 feet deep. Key species: Lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, black bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, and black crappie

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"Set in the gently rolling hills south of Rochester, this 1,800-acre lake is an integral part of the city’s water supply and remains totally undeveloped. Seven miles long, it averages 40 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 91 feet.

While some natural reproduction takes place, this lake’s splendid salmonid fishery is maintained through massive state intervention. Every year roughly 3,200 9-inch lake trout and 8,200 averaging 6 inches are stocked. They grow rapidly to range from 5 to 8 pounds on the habitat’s abundant smelt and alewives and are commonly targeted by trolling flutter spoons through the thermocline and by jigging spoons on bottom. Another popular laker technique is to hang a lantern over the side of the boat at night and fish live minnows below slip bobbers about 40 feet deep. Key species: Lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, black bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, and black crappie"

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Buffalo
Driving Directions: Directions to Hemlock Lake

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