Adirondack Fishing

Adirondack Fishing

A variety of options to land your big catch

Fish the fresh, clean waters of the Adirondacks

The spring, winter, and summer fishing seasons offer excellent sport for anglers on lakes and rivers throughout the Adirondacks. Head into the backcountry and fish for trout or go boating on any number of deep lakes for smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, and perch. Landlocked salmon can be found in Blue Mountain Lake, Raquette Lake, and Long Lake. Spring boasts full lakes, rushing rivers, and hungry fish, while summer warms the surface and gets the fish lively. "Hard water" fishing season - roughly from December through March each year - also offers excellent opportunities. And if you like a little competition, then bring your tip-ups and take part in one of the many ice fishing derbies that dot our lakes in the winter months.

Acres and acres to explore

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is home to numerous ponds, rivers, and lakes spread acres 50,000 acres of backcountry forests. Miles of marked hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and horseback riding areas make this remote destination perfect for a fishing trip to the heart of the Adirondacks.  

Hundreds of lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams flow through the center of the Adirondacks, making it a prime location for all types of fishing.

Your Ideal Fishing Location

Fish in quiet solitude along shaded inlets, deep pools, and wide stretches of riffles. From the deep, clear waters of Blue Mountain Lake to the rushing rapids and swirling pools of the Hudson River, your next fishing trip in the Adirondacks is sure to thrill everyone from novice to old-timer. Experience a true wilderness fishing trip and go camping after a day on the water.

Our big lakes and backcountry ponds teem with smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, and landlocked salmon. We also have expeditions available with licensed, professional guides that offer added insight and expertise. For serious backcountry wilderness fishing, charter a flight into the Adirondack’s untouched forests with one of our float plane services and fish for Adirondack species such as:

  • Lake, brown, brook, and rainbow trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass
  • Perch
  • Walleye
  • Northern pike
  • Pickerel

Raquette Lake fishing offers some of the Adirondack's premier broodstock lake trout. At six miles long, Raquette Lake contains the Adirondack’s longest shoreline, with a maximum depth just under 100 feet. Troll the deep water near Beecher Island for trout, or fish the lake’s rocky shorelines and back-bays for largemouth and smallmouth bass. 

Shops and Lodging

Fly shops are available so you can stock up on necessary supplies for fishing in the Adirondacks, and local fishermen are for the best fly patterns and techniques. Find wild brook trout on the Miami River near Speculator, or head to Indian Lake for pumpkinseeds with the kids. After you reel in that trophy catch, unwind at one of our lodging destinations before hitting the town for dinner and drinks.

License Regulations

A fishing license is required to fish Adirondack waterways for anyone over 16. Purchase your license from town clerks, outdoor stores or online through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fish away from the crowd, visit us in the central Adirondacks of New York.

 

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Leave No Trace 7 Principles

 

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The Rock River Trail is a 3-mile trail...
7965-7940 NY-28
Indian Lake
12842
Fishing Directions: From the intersection of...
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
The only way to explore Round Lake is by...
Sabattis Circle Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking The crushed stone-lined trail makes...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Carry Falls is the first of many reservoirs...
Carry Falls Rd
Piercefield
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Fishing Directions to access point: From...
Route 28N
Long Lake
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Route 28
Inlet
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Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
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The lake is reported to be around 45 feet...
Kickerville Road
Long Lake
12847
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Route 8
Arietta
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Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a...
Chain Lakes Road South
Indian Lake
12842
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
You can fish from any of the lakefront sites...
Limekiln Road
Inlet
13360
Fishing From the intersection of Route 30 and...
Lake Lila Access Road
Long Lake
12847
With a shoreline of just over 2 miles, this...
580-526 Gilmantown Rd
Speculator
12164
Camping A fully accessible wilderness area...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
Paddling Cedar River Flow is an excellent,...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
13360
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County Route 19
Durant Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking This historic hike into Cedar Lakes is...
Cedar River Road
Arietta
‎12139
Nicks Lake Campground is a state DEC...
278 Bisby Rd
Old Forge
13420
Waterbody Cascade Pond Directions to Access...
Durant Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
13360
Wolf Lake was named by French Louie himself,...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
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Inlet
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Route 28N
Newcomb
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Route 28/30
Indian Lake
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Fishing Directions: From the intersection of...
Moose River Plains
Inlet
13360
Directions to Access Points From the...
Twitchell Road
Eagle Bay
13331
Hiking Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Lake Eaton is known for fine fishing all year...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
The Clear Pond Trail stays relatively flat...
195 Lakeview Dr
Indian Lake
12842
The Miami River, accessed from the south end...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
Hiking How to get there From the intersection...
Military Road
Speculator
12164
The outlet on the far end of the loop houses...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Cellar Pond is an interesting back-...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
13360
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Chub Pond is a very small back-county...
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Directions: There are two access points to...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
The well-named Fishing Brook is in a lovely...
Route 28N
Long Lake
12847
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Moose River Plains Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
Hiking Directions to Access Points Start at...
North Point Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking This short hike is perfect for a...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
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Hunt Club Road
Inlet
13360
Boating The Sacandaga Lake boat launch is...
Page Street
Lake Pleasant
12108
Hiking This trail has easy, rolling terrain...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
Hiking Wilson Pond is one of those hidden...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Lake Adirondack is also known as Adirondack...
Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Trout Brook is not named as such on...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Moose River Plains Road
Indian Lake
12842
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Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
Park This large picnic area is on the shore...
Petrie Road
Inlet
13360
The dam seems to be the haunt of rainbow...
Sixth Lake Road
Inlet
13360
This is the largest natural lake in the...
Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking and Nature Walk This short and easy...
State Route 8/30
Indian Lake
12842
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Boating A nice parking area and boat launch...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Smallmouth bass seems to be the best fish for...
Route 2
Raquette Lake
13436
Puffer Pond is one of the Siamese Ponds, so...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Little Tupper Lake is a local favorite, a...
William C. Whitney Road
Long Lake
12847
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Route 30
Speculator
12164
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Green Bridge Rd
43.694550
Wells
12190
Fishing A unique heritage strain of wild...
William C. Whitney Road
Long Lake
12847
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Inlet
13360
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Indian River Road
Inlet
13360
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This is a pretty pond with a trail all the...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Reach Otter Brook at 4.0 miles down...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
This access and pond is now on state land and...
Kickerville Road
Long Lake
12847
Fishing Piseco is popular among fisher-folk...
Old Piseco Road
Piseco
12139
Hiking This trail opens into some wide, flat...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
This slow moving, "perfect Adirondack...
Rock Dam Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking This is an easy Adirondack trail...
901C Sabattis Rd
Long Lake
12847
Upper Sargent Pond is a great, short family...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28...
Indian River Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking From the trailhead, hike along an old...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
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Moose River Plains
Inlet
13360
There are three bridges to cross and an...
Indian River Road
Inlet
13360
Camping Located on picturesque Piseco Lake...
1365 County Route 24
Piseco
12139
Hiking This is a great place for the whole...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Best fished is the northern inlet and...
Kickerville Road
Long Lake
12847
Large mouth and small mouth bass are...
Old Piseco Road
Piseco
12139
Hiking How to Get There From the intersection...
Chain Lake Road
Indian Lake
12842
Access to these ponds can be made from Route...
Inlet
13360
Directions to Access Points: Start by...
Long Lake
12847
Directions to Forked Lake Dam Access Points...
Long Lake
12847
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Indian Lake
12842
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Long Lake
12847
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Long Lake
12847
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Indian Lake Road
Inlet
13360
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Inlet
13360
Directions to Access Points From the...
Inlet
13360
Directions to Access Points Start at the...
Cascade and Stephens ponds are two beautiful...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
This trail is located in the Great Eight...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
Note: This hike requires a good trail map,...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a...
North Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
This “pull off and fish by the roadside” pond...
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360
This bridge is a nice spot for a bobber...
Seventh Lake Road
Inlet
13360
The trail starts out following the course of...
The trail to Lower Sargent Pond is marked...
North Lake Road
Long Lake
12847
Located in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground...
Inlet
13360
These two ponds are located on a foot trail...
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century...
Eighth Lake Campground
Inlet
13360
Brown trout are stocked in the Sacandaga and...
Wells
12190
Beautiful wild forest island offering...
Indian Lake
12842
The Indian River north of Lake Abanake (an...
Indian Lake
12842
Two-year old brown and brook trout are...
Hoffmeister
13353
For true wilderness fishing that exceeds...
Speculator
12164
Northern pike, brown trout, lake trout and...
Speculator
12164
Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are...
Lake Pleasant
12108
Sacandaga Lake (not to be confused with Great...
Lake Pleasant
12108
The area around this bridge is the favorite...
40 Antlers Road
Inlet
13360

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Amsterdam
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Speculator
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