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Dansville Reservoir

The Dansville Reservoir is an approximately 45 acre man-made impoundment located in northwest Steuben County, east of the Village of Dansville. The reservoir was created by an earthen dam on Little Mill Creek. The surrounding landscape consists primarily of agricultural and undeveloped land.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 1,450 feet
Area: 45 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.9 miles
Town: Wayland

Aquatic Plant Life:

Aquatic plants are very abundant throughout this reservoir.


Off of Mendoleine Road in the Town of Wayland. Use of the reservoir requires a permit from the Village of Dansville Water Department. Shoreline access only; boating and ice fishing prohibited.

Fish Species:

Alewife, Brown Bullhead, Golden Shiner, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, White Sucker, and Yellow Perch.


The reservoir was stocked with 600 yearling (9 inches) rainbow trout each year until 2012. This stocking policy was discontinued because very few anglers were targeting these trout during the spring and survival is probably low because of the abundant predators in this reservoir. A few trout from past stocking may still be available. There is good fishing for largemouth bass, northern pike, brown bullheads and panfish. Concentrate on structure and vegetation when fishing for largemouth bass. Spinner baits, jerk baits, crayfish, plastic worms, grubs, and tube baits work well for catching bass. Try fishing weed edges with jerk baits, large shiners, or large chubs when targeting northern pike. Northern pike in the 25 to 30 inch size range have been collected during past DEC fishery surveys. Alewives and golden shiners are found in the reservoir and provide good forage for predators.

Ice Fishing:

Ice fishing is not permitted.


Statewide Fishing Regulations Apply.

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