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Lakes, Rivers, and More in the Eastern Adirondacks

Eastern Adirondacks Fishing, Paddling & Boating

boating on lake georgeBelow are bodies of water that are partially or entirely located in the Eastern Region of the Adirondacks. This includes Lake George, Brant Lake, and more!

Please note, this list is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a starting point for your Adirondack adventures!

Lakes And Ponds

Putnam Pond

The campground at Putnam Pond is a great way to get the feel of the wilderness while staying somewhat closer to civilization. There is a boat launch, and campers can choose between the land access sites, and some on the far side that require a boat to access. Many hikers use this as a launch point and base of operations to access the Pharaoh Mountain Wilderness.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Tiger Musky, Northern Pike

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Paradox Lake

Paradox Lake is a wonderful fishing location in the Adirondacks, with plenty of fishing opportunities and large populations of species. Anglers can catch rainbow trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass in Paradox Lake. Over 8,000 rainbow trout are stocked here annually, and they favor the deep, cool water. The western basin is the best spot for rainbow and lake trout. When looking for largemouth bass, try the water around The Narrows, and for smallmouth try the rocky islands and shoals throughout the lake. There is a state camground and launch on the south end of mid-lake.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike

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Munson Pond

Located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest in North Hudson, Munson Pond is a great place to explore, only a short distance from Ensign Pond Road. The walk in takes you past Howard pond before you arrive at Munson, one of the DEC's top picks for brown trout in the area.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout, Brown Trout

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Palmer Pond

Stocked with Brook Trout and recently acquired from Finch Paper, Palmer pond is a worthwhile spot to toss some lines in search of Brookies and Rainbows. All of the shoreline except for the dam itself can be fished from, and there are spots to launch car top boats.

Boat Launch: Hand Launch

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout

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Goose Pond

Found in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Goose Pond is located at the end of a moderately trafficked 3.4 mile trail. The trail is open from March to October. Lined with wonderful flora, this trail is not bad for beginners. Upon reaching the pond, there are both brook trout and rainbows.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake

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Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake is a small body of water that runs along Route 74. The lake is a great place to fish for smallmouth bass, northern pike, and brown trout. Smallmouth bass can be caught along the rocky shorelines and islands. Northern pike can be found along weedlines and dropoffs, but both are challenging to catch. The DEC stocks the lake annually with over 5,000 brown trout, and the best place to find them are in the deep basin.

Boat Launch: Trailer Unimproved

Fish Species: Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike

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Pharaoh Lake

The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is over 45,000 acres of land and contains 39 bodies of waters that covers 1,100 acres of foot trails. Pharaoh Lake is only accessible by foot and is a very remote experience in the Adirondacks. Lake trout are the most populated fish in the area and brook trout are catchable too. The wildreness area is very flat and doesn't change elevation much. Some ponds can be reached by a mile hike and some bodies of water can only be reached by a few days backpacking. There are popular access points on Putnam Pond State Camground east side, Crane Pond Road on the west side, and Pharoh Lake Road on the south end.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout, Lake Trout

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Lake George

Lake George, nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes, is a long, narrow lake draining northwards into Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River Drainage basin located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York, U.S.A. and lies within the upper region of the Great Appalachian Valley. The lake is situated along the historical natural (Amerindian) path between the valley of the Hudson and that of the St. Lawrence, so lies on the direct land route between Albany, NY and Montreal.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel

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Bass Lake

Bass Lake is a scenic Adirondack lake that requires a short hike to access. When the trail reaches the lake, there is a rocky shoreline that is acceptable to cast from. However, the lake is deepest to the east and as a result much of the better fishing is on the eastern shore. The length of the hike to the lake would make for an arduous portage, so stick to the shore!

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

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Springhill Pond

Springhill Pond is at the end of a 6 mile hike with a 1300' vertical gain! The trail shares a trailhead with the Berrymill Pond Trail, but diverges about a quarter mile along. For the anglers, the Fishing will be better if you can stomach lugging a boat in.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

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Loon Lake

Loon Lake is a wishbone-shaped body of water in Warren County, New York. It is located within the Town of Chester, which maintains the beach. Fishing and boating are popular activities.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved, Hand Launch

Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Walleye

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Long Pond

The Massawepie Area consist of the great fishing spots of Massawepie Lake, Long Pond, Deer Pond, Town Line Pond, and Pine Pond. The area has brooke trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass. In 1992, A Canton angler caught a state-record brook trout that was 21 inches long, weighed four pounds and 13 ounces, in the Massawepie Area. Fly fishers will primarily use their favorite flies on a sinking line, while spin fishers troll spinners, spoons, or wabblers and worms. Public use is not prohibited from June 15 to August 31, when the Boy Scouts are camping there. To access the waters in the Massawepie Area use the roadside access spots throughout it. Pine Pond is the only exception, which requires a paddle across the lower end of the Massawepie Lake.

Boat Launch: None

Fish Species: Brook Trout

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Brant Lake

Brant Lake is a great spot for fishing in the Adirondacks for brown and rainbow trout during early summer months. Brant Lake is stocked annually by the DEC with brown trout and rainbow trout and makes a great anglers seeking these species. The prime fishing months are May through early July. Anglers will want to troll with minnow plugs and flies. Brant Lake is easy to access at the west end near the outlet. There will be a DEC launch at that location.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Crappie, Chain Pickerel

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Lincoln Pond

Lincoln Pond holds a great population of bass and muskie in its waters. Lincoln Pond is a very shallow and weedy pond, creating an ideal habitat for largemouth bass. The southern basin is the worst section for fishing. Spinnerbaits, surface lures, and plastic worms work well in the weedlines and openings in the weeds. The pond also has a decent population of tiger muskie and smallmouth bass. Smallmouths will be in rocky areas and muskies are large and challenging to catch. There is a DEC campground and luanch with public access in the middle section of the pond.

Boat Launch: Trailer Unimproved

Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Tiger Musky

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Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain (French: lac Champlain) is a natural, freshwater lake in North America, located mainly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the Canada - United States border in the Canadian province of Quebec. The New York portion of the Champlain Valley includes the eastern portions of Clinton County and Essex County. Most of this area is part of the Adirondack Park, offering tremendous views of the High Peaks region and many recreational opportunities in the park and along the relatively undeveloped coast line of Lake Champlain. The city of Plattsburgh is to the north and the historic village of Ticonderoga in the southern part of the region.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Lake Trout, LL Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Northern Pike, Carp, Channel Catfish

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Schroon Lake

Schroon Lake is a wonderful fishing location for various coldwater and warmwater species. Schroon Lake is a medium size body of water located on the Warren and Essex county line. Throughout the summer smallmouth bass and largemouth bass can be caught. Smallmouths will be along the rocky areas adjaced to the deep water. Largemouths will be seen in the weedy areas of the lake. Northern pike can be caught in the weedbeds, but the biggest pike are caught ice fishing in the witner. Landlocked salmon and lake trout populations are steady throughout the years because of the 10,000 fish that are annually stocked. Anglers are suggested to find the schools of smelt and to troll with smelt-imitation. They can access the lake from the state launch on the south end or from a village ramp at the north end.

Boat Launch: Trailer Improved

Fish Species: Lake Trout, LL Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Northern Pike

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Rivers and Streams

Hudson River (Upper Hudson)

The Upper Hudson River Watershed originates in the Adirondack Mountains and flows south to the Hudson River confluence with the Mohawk River at the Troy Dam. The watershed lies primarily in New York State River but also drains a portion of southwestern Vermont and a small part of Massachusetts. The Upper Hudson Watershed makes up about one-third of the larger Hudson River Basin, which also includes the Mohawk River Watershed. Fishing, whitewater sports, and other activities are available on this river in the Adirondacks.

Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, Crappie, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Walleye, Carp, Channel Catfish

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Schroon River

The Schroon River in the Adirondacks, is a great fishing location for anglers looking for trout. The Schroon River runs 65 miles from Underwood to the Hudson River in Warrensburg, with 20 miles of it within Warren County. Anglers can find decent populations of rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout in the river. Between all three species there is over 18,000 trout stocked annually. There is a very popular public fishing area near the Starbuckville Dam. Fly fishers will use the public fishing area that runs parrallel to the Schroon River Road. Fly fishers should also be aware that there are nice caddis fly hatches during May and June. Canoes can access the river at South Horicon and Riverbank as well as at several other locations.

Fish Species: Brook Trout*, Brown Trout*, Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Salmon*

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Sources:
http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/103457.html
http://apa.ny.gov/gis/index.html
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9920.html