Best Fishing Spots in the Adirondacks
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Our team of Adirondack.net 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.
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.
, 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 Hudson River runs from Lake Placid to New York City, but the Hamilton County section is best for Smallmouth Bass and Brook Trout. Due to mill pollution, we'd recommend you avoid eating anything you catch downstream of Corinth.
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.
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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