The most shallow of all the Finger Lakes, Honeoye Lake may be a minor Finger Lake but it is a major fishing attraction. Located in Ontario County, the lake's surrounding communities include the towns of Honeoye, Canadice and Richmond. The town of Honeoye, 17 miles west of Canadaigua Lake, is a quiet and pleasant village with historic homes and small town charm.
Honeoye Lake is a popular fishing destination, and its shallow waters make it particularly favorable for ice fishing in winter. Honeoye Lake is highly regarded as a prime spot for smallmouth bass. Other sport fishing is great here too, especially walleye, largemouth bass and chain pickerel. New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation stocks the lake with walleye every year, ensuring a good population of this species, year after year. The two spots for public access to the lake are the Honeoye Public Boat Launch at the southern end of the lake, off East Lake Road, and the launch at Sandy Bottom Beach, off Sandy Bottom Road at the northern end of the lake. Both spots are maintained year-round and provide access to the lake for ice fishing in winter. The lack of traffic around here makes Honeoye a favorite spot for bicycling.