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Best Fishing Spots in the Adirondacks

Our team of editors is made up of some avid fishermen, and together we've made this list of our favorite places to fish in the Adirondacks!

Before you grab your gear and head to these sites, make sure you're familiar with state fishing regulations, have a proper fishing license (for those over the age of 16), and know the season of the species you're trying to catch. Bait regulations also apply, and anglers should be aware of when live bait is prohibited.

Lake George is full of many different types of fish! Lake Trout and Bass are the most sought-after fish, but some people catch Landlocked Salmon and Perch as well.
Lake Champlain, the third-largest lake in the state, is a popular destination for those seeking Large and Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, and Landlocked Salmon.
Great Sacandaga Lake held the world record for Largest Northern Pike from 1940 - 1979, and that species is still popular in the lake today, along with Bass, Bullhead, Walleye, Yellow Perch, and others.
The most popular types of fish found in the Sacandaga River's West Branch are Brook Trout and Brown Trout. The river also has primitive camping spots along it near Wells.

The 315-mile Hudson River originates in the Adirondacks and flows southward to New York City. The Hamilton County section is best for smallmouth bass and brook trout. 

The Ausable is one of the best Trout rivers in the Northeast (featuring both Brown and Rainbow species). Pay attention to regulations, though, as a good portion of the river is catch-and-release, with artificial lures only.

fisherman with catch
The Upper Saranac River is great for Rainbow and Brown Trout, while the Lower Saranac is known for Landlocked Salmon. The Schroon River is also stocked with Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout.
The Adirondack Park is full of tiny ponds that are some of the best hidden fishing gems. It is commonly thought that the further you hike to get to a pond, the better the fishing will be. Plot your own adventure and find your favorite fishing spot!

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