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Cazenovia Lake

Cazenovia Lake is a medium sized lake located in Madison County in the Village of Cazenovia.

Physical Features

Elevation: 1,200 feet
Area: 1,164 acres
Length: 3.9 miles
Maximum Depth: 45 feet

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Plant Life

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 and 2012 in an effort to reduce the amount of watermilfoil. With the milfoil reduction native vegetation should begin to increase in the lake.

Public Access Sites

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

General Fishing Information

Largemouth bass and chain pickerel are the main gamefish found in the lake. There are also some smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye caught in the lake. Though walleye are rare, when one is caught it's usually very large, over 10 pounds. For largemouth bass try along the shore line and weed edges with Senko style baits, rubber worms and crankbaits or over the vegetation with spinnerbaits. There is a sunken Island (or hump) about halfway up on the east side that's a good location for panfish and bass. Try anchoring and fishing minnows or worms on the edge of the hump or tossing topwater baits over the hump. Chain pickerel can be caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and minnows fished along the many weed edges. The north end of Cazenovia Lake is a very popular ice fishing location for black crappie and bluegill. For the bluegills, try fishing during the day with small jigs tipped with spikes in 10 to 15 feet of water. Night anglers do well on the black crappie with small minnows fished from just below the ice to just off bottom. Just remember the State Park closes at 9:00 PM. Yellow perch are also found in the lake but are more elusive then the bluegills or crappies. Rock bass are often overlooked by anglers but are plentiful in the lake.

Fisheries Management

Cazenovia Lake is not stocked and statewide angling regulations apply.