Adirondack Wild Ice Fishing

Ice-Fishing in the Adirondack Wild

As snow blankets the Adirondack Wild in white and cold temperatures creep across our deep lakes – the landscape is transformed into a frozen winter wonderland. Entire ice fishing communities pop up on lakes, rivers and ponds throughout Hamilton County – a sure sign that the fish are biting!

Ice fishing in the Adirondacks.

Enjoy fishing in Hamilton County year-round. From mid-November through mid-March, fish for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge and walleye on Hamilton County’s frozen waterways. Two types of fishing lines are allowed on most Hamilton County lakes: hand lines and tip-ups. Through April 30, fish for several species of Adirondack fish, including bass, trout, landlocked salmon and crappie. Ice fishing is permitted on most lakes and rivers, with the exception of Indian River. Licensed guides offer added insight for the best fishing spots throughout the region.

Additional Hamilton County ice fishing species include:

  • Yellow Perch
  • Splake
  • Rock bass
  • Largemouth bass
  • Lake Trout
  • Carp

The New York State Department of Conservation does enforce special regulations for ice fishing on 13 of Hamilton County’s waterways, including:

  • Blue Mountain Lake
  • Forked Lake
  • Fourth Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Lake Abanakee
  • Raquette Lake

Be the first one at the lake with a cold-weather Adirondack camping experience. For a complete list of Hamilton County fishing regulations and regulatory waterways, log onto

Drop a line in Hamilton County and enjoy an ice-fishing expedition in the Adirondack Wild!

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