Fishing in the Adirondacks

With more than 3,000 fresh water lakes, ponds, brooks and streams, the Adirondacks are a favorite among avid fishermen. The region is home to 80 species of fish, including bass, trout, walleye, pike, perch and salmon. From ice fishing and fly fishing to reeling in the big one on your boat, the Adirondacks offer sportsmen an abundance of year-round opportunities to cast a line.

For some of the best fishing on the East Coast, check out these prime Adirondack fishing spots.

Fishing in Lake George Lake George
At just over 30 miles long and an average depth of 70 feet, Lake George is home to some of the best landlocked salmon and lake trout in the Northeast. You’ll also find bass, perch, chain pickerel and northern pike.

Planning a visit to Lake George? View our Lake George Itinerary for great weekend ideas!

Lake Champlain
The third largest lake in New York State, Lake Champlain consistently rates among the top fishing spots in the nation. A popular destination for lake trout and landlocked salmon, the lake also hosts a number of bass fishing tournaments every year.

Great Sacandaga Lake
From 1940-1979, Great Sacandaga Lake held the world record for the largest northern pike, and the species can still be found their today. The lake is also a popular fishing spot for bass, bullhead, yellow perch, and New York’s most valued sportfish, the walleye.

Sacandaga River
Located at the southern tip of the Adirondack Park, the Sacandaga River is one of the area’s most fertile trout hatcheries. Heavily stocked with brown trout in the section between Wells and Speculator NY, the river’s west branch is a favorite among brook and brown trout anglers alike.

Ausable River
An angler’s paradise, Ausable River is one of the best trout rivers in the Northeast, and features both brown and rainbow trout species. Located in the Whiteface Region, the river hosts the annual Ausable Two-Fly Challenge in the village of Wilmington NY.

Long Lake
Although Long Lake is home to bullheads, bass and yellow perch, its real draw is the northern pike. Anglers are eager to catch one of the rare 15 pound fish that inhabit the lake, but are more likely to pull out a pike averaging 22-28 inches.

Racquette Lake
The biggest lake trout in New York State was caught at Racquette Lake in 2009, and the promise of a prize-winning catch continue to draw fisherman to the lake today. While both lake and brook trout can be found in the river’s northern end, small and largemouth bass dominate the southern portion.

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Wildlife as Seen From Your Adirondack Property: An Overview

The Adirondack Mountains are home to a vast array of wildlife, from tiny chipmunks and moles to massive moose, cougars and black bears. Birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects abound in the Adirondacks, making the region an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts of all passions and pursuits.

The Adirondack Park’s 6.1 million protected acres include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats, including wetlands and old-growth forests, so there are endless locations to explore. The animals you encounter will vary according to the place and time of year, but some of the creatures you may find include:

Adirondack Moose
These majestic and iconic animals, which can stand more than six feet tall and weigh more than a half ton, are the largest land mammals in New York State. They are slowly repopulating the region after overhunting and deforestation decimated their numbers over the last two centuries, and it is now a misdemeanor to kill a moose in New York. They are most active at dusk and dawn, and moose sightings often occur in the fall, during the mating season.

Bald Eagles
Another rare sight, bald eagles do exist in the Adirondacks, after disappearing from the area during the 1960s but then making a resurgence from the 1970s onward. They are a protected species on New York States “threatened” list, but continue to multiply within the Adirondack Park. These incredible birds, which can live 20 to 25 years, are sea denizens that primarily prey upon fish, small waterfowl and other water-centric wildlife. Popular local areas to observe them include Schroon Lake, Lake George’s Long Island, Anthony’s Nose and Kitchel Bay, and Ausable Point in Peru.

Adirondack wildlife: loonLoons
One of the most readily recognized waterfowl breeds that inhabit the Adirondacks are loons, known as the “spirit of Northern Waters,” which breed in the region and winter in open lakes and along the coast. Its distinctive call has become an inseparable aspect of the Adirondacks’ charm, most frequently heard near nesting areas and by wintering places in late winter and early spring.

Whitetail Deer
A common Adirondack denizen—and frequent prize of hunters—is the whitetail deer, recognized by the characteristic white underside of its tail, which it raises when alarmed to warn a predator that it has been detected. They are often found on the edges of forests and in open areas by roadways, farm fields or waterways, and can usually be spotted year-round in the early morning or early evening. They’re incredibly agile, able to swim, run up to 35 to 40 miles per hour, and jump over an eight-foot fence.

Black Bears
You’re more likely to come across a black bear in the Adirondacks than anywhere else in New York State, as an estimated 50% to 60% of the state’s 6,000 to 8,000 black bears live in the Adirondacks. They’re massive animals, with adult males averaging 300 pounds and females averaging 170 pounds. They hibernate during the winter, but can be found other times in areas increasingly close to human populations. Relatively intelligent, many have learned to seek out human food, and may be found rummaging through trash cans, bird feeders and hen houses in areas where homes meet forest.

Striped Skunks
Roughly the size of house cats, striped skunks are a very common Adirondack creature immediately recognized by its black fur and bright V-shaped white stripe, as well as the pungent defensive spray they emit when threatened. They inhabit open areas like pastures and fields, but are also fond of shady residential areas with plush lawns. Skunks are nocturnal and hunt in the evening for nuts, grasses, berries, insects, grubs, worms, rabbits and other small animals, and are quite fearless, so it’s best to avoid them or risk being sprayed.

Peregrine Falcons
These hunting birds are famous for their unbelievable speed, reaching up to 180 mph when chasing prey. After dying off in the 20th century due to the pesticide DDT, a ban on the substance in 1971 spurred a slow regrowth of populations in the Adirondacks. As of 2015, there were 15 confirmed active nesting pairs in the Adirondack Mountains and along Lake Champlain and Lake George. An average of 1.2 young/breeding pairs were produced by those 15 pairs.

Eastern Coyotes
Smaller than wolves but similar in terms of their dog-like appearance, coyotes average between four and five feet in length and between 35 and 45 pounds in weight. These pack animals have steadily grown in number in the area since the 1930s, generally preferring to remain in wooded areas. They don’t usually become aggressive with humans, but have been known to make meals of small pets left outside unprotected.

Fishers
Also known as the fisher cat, fishers are a medium-sized member of the weasel family. Males average a length of 35 to 47 inches, weighing seven to 13 pounds, while females average 30 to 37 inches, weighing only three to seven pounds. Their most recognizable features include a broad head, narrow muzzle and long, bushy tail. They are predators with sharp, retractable claws, and are skilled hunters, notorious for their ability to hunt porcupines. They mainly prey on smaller creatures like rabbits, squirrels, mice and birds, but are omnivores willing to also eat beechnuts, acorns, apples and berries. They make their dens in natural cavities, like trees, logs and rocky outcroppings.

Common Lakes in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are home to thousands of lakes, ponds and rivers, offering unparalleled paddling and boating opportunities, among other outdoor activities. While it would take many lifetimes to explore them all, there are a several that simply cannot be missed. Their rich history and natural beauty makes each one a remarkable place to visit and an even better place to live.

Sacandaga LakeGreat Sacandaga Lake
The 29-mile long, 5-mile wide, Great Sacandaga Lake is nestled among pine trees and natural beauty in the northeastern corner of Fulton County. Public boat launches offer opportunities for boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, and fishing, while its 125 miles of shoreline are perfect for swimming in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The Sacandaga is also used for snowmobiling and ice fishing during the colder months, and is home to lakeside restaurants and antique shops year-round. Formerly known as a the Great Sacandaga Reservoir, the lake is the result of Conklingville Dam, completed in 1930 to stop the Sacandaga River from flooding downstream communities every spring.

Long Lake
Located in Hamilton County, Long Lake is 14 miles long and 1 mile across at its widest point. It offers abundant fishing, hiking, boating and many other activities, including snowmobiling in the winter. First settled in the 1830s, Long Lake is the starting point of the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail. This 40-mile byway is named for the midnight stage coach ride taken by Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Upon learning of President William McKinley’s assassination, he rode from Long Lake to North Creek, and then boarded a train to Buffalo, NY, where he was sworn into office. Today, the route between Long Lake and North Creek remains a popular tourist attraction for its exceptional views of the Adirondack landscape.

Tupper Lake
Originally discovered by Native Americans in the 16th century, Tupper Lake is named for Ansel Tupper, a land surveyor who drowned on the lake while fishing. Located in both St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, the lake is 9 miles long and a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. It’s also home to The Wild Center, an interactive indoor/outdoor history museum with live exhibits and animals, including otters, birds, amphibians and fish, as well as an indoor waterfall and river. Every July, Tupper Lake hosts the annual Woodsmen Field Days festival. In honor of its distinct history of pioneers and loggers, lumberjacks and Adirondack sportsmen compete in games of skill.

Raquette Lake
Raquette Lake is the fourth largest lake in the Adirondacks and features nearly 100 miles of shoreline bordered by pines and mountains. It’s ideal for hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, as well as boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and tubing. In the winter months, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. Located in Hamilton County, Raquette Lake developed into a prestigious summer getaway in the 19th century and is still known today for its historic camps. Camp Pine Knot, which was built by William West Durant in 1877, was the first “great camp style” retreat. Like its neighbors, Camp Sagamore and Camp Uncas, it remains in use today.

Upper Saranac Lake
Upper Saranac Lake is the sixth largest lake in the Adirondacks. Together, with Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes, it’s part of the Saranac River, as well as the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which stretches from Old Forge, NY to Fort Kent, ME. At roughly 8 miles long and 2 miles wide, the lake features 20 primitive campsites accessible by boat and available on a first-come basis. Just over half of Upper Saranac Lake’s 37 miles of shoreline is privately owned, and much of it is lined with “camps”, including true Adirondack Great Camps and small weekend cottages. While near the village of Saranac Lake, it’s actually located in the towns of Santa Clara and Harrietstown.