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Saranac River, North Branch

Franklin County, NY


The North Branch of the Saranac River is a great quality fishing location for trout in the Adirondacks.

Anglers will find decent populations of brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout. The biggest fish will be in the section from the mouth of Cold Brook upstream to Alder Brook. Anglers must use artificial lures here though. 

The best access spots are between Oregon Brook and Clayburg, the section that flows from Clinton to Franklin County.

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1 reviews from our community

I have fished the North branch of the Saranac River along Gold Smith Rd for over 25 years. Fishing use to be good; nice brown trout. Last 5-6 years nothing but 4-6 inch brook trout. Such a shame; that stretch of river is ideal and can hold larger fish. One would have to venture off road to access many spots which in my mine would deter the prospect of heavy fishing pressure.

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