Fishing, whether with a lure or fly, is a passion in the Adirondacks. With over 3,000 fresh water lakes and ponds, and 11,371 miles of rivers and streams, Adirondacks are the way to go. Trout or muskies, bass or walleyes – there’s something for any kind of angler.
Both West and East branches of Ausable River are renowned for some of the best fly fishing in the Adirondacks. It offers anglers some of the most prime trout water on the East Coast. For those who prefer lure fishing there are plenty of lakes, such as Lake George or Indian lake. Lake Champlain itself is home to over 60 species of fish. Fish present in the lakes include: lake trout, rock bass, rainbow trout, smelt, brown bullheads, smallmouth bass, brown trout, yellow perch, common sunfish, white sucker, lake whitefish, northern pike, and landlocked salmon.
Lake Colby is well known for its unusually wide variety of game fish, including good bass, rainbow and brown trout and salmon weighting 5 to 14 pounds. It is also great ice fishing spot.
Other hot ice fishing spots include Lake Champlain by Port Henry’s Bulwagga Bay, Schroon Lake, Eagle Lake, Paradox Lake, Lincoln, Connery and Crane Ponds, and Chateaugay Lakes. Lake Champlain is home to lake trout and landlocked salmon, walleye, northern pike and pickerel. Paradox Lake is fine ice fishing spot for brown trout, some of which grow to trophy size. Lincoln Pond is heavily stocked with tiger muskies that can be caught through the ice. Crane Pond is a sometimes-overlooked water where lakers grow big.
Schroon Lake has abundant warmwater species such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, and northern pike. Boquet River is renowned for it landlocked salmon runs in both spring and fall, with most of the action coming from its outlet in Lake Champlain up to Willsboro. Franklin Falls/Union Falls offer best chance to catch walleyes, while Union Falls has jumbo perch. Fishing is varied in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
For a true backwoods fishing experience Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness area is tough to top. It is not easy to get there, but about 2 dozen waters holding wild brook trout offer a fair reward. Additionally ponds in the North Hudson, North Elba, Schroon and Keene areas can bring the kind of backwoods trout fishing most anglers just dream about. Early spring trout fishing in Sargent Ponds or Lake Lila can make for a really unique experience.
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has its fish hatchery in Lake Clear that is open for visitors.