Located in southwest Ontario County, Canadice Lake lies 30 miles south of Rochester. It is the smallest of the Finger Lakes whose shorelines are virtually undeveloped. Canadice Lake is one of the sources of water for the City of Rochester. It is typically clear but suffers moderate oxygen depletion in summer. While this condition does not seriously threaten trout, it does, temporarily, confine them to a narrow layer of the water column. Recreational use of Canadice Lake is regulated by the City of Rochester Water Department. Fishing and boating are allowed by permit only. Boats may not exceed 16 feet in length and motors may not exceed 10 h.p. Annual permits can be obtained free of charge from a self-service booth at the north end of nearby Hemlock Lake. Public boat access is available on the lake's east side near the intersection of Canadice Road and Birch Hill Road, via an unimproved gravel ramp. There are other informal access points along the east shore suitable for cartop boats, shore fishing and ice fishing. Access is by special permit only.
Trout and salmon may be taken year-round at Canadice. Although Canadice is best suited for salmonid and smallmouth bass, it also provides significant fishing opportunities for largemouth bass and chain pickerel in its limited, shallow water habitat. Similarly, "panfish," including rock bass, yellow perch, bluegills, pumpkinseeds and bullhead, are also important contributors to the fishery.
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