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Discover Adirondack Lakes, Ponds & Rivers With Great Fishing Spots

Did you know there are over 3,000 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks? And over 30,000 miles of rivers and streams? With all that water, you know there are some great places to go fishing! Everyone has their favorite Adirondack fishing spot, and we've shared some of the most popular here, from Cranberry Lake to the Boquet River. Be sure to check out our Adirondack fishing guide for more information, or book a guided fishing trip led by an experienced fishing guide. Whether your like to drop a line from the shore, or paddle to a remote lake in the morning mist, you'll discover the Adirondacks is a fishing paradise. 

Salmon River
Salmon River
Franklin County, NY
The Salmon River holds a great population of trout and runs to the west of the Trout River.
Indian River
Indian River
Hamilton County, NY
The Indian River is a very wide waterway located in Hamilton County.
view of a large lake with surrounding forest
Piseco Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Located in Arietta, NY in the Southern Adirondacks, Piseco Lake is a popular fishing spot for landlocked salmon, lake trout, and many more fish species.
Lincoln Pond
Lincoln Pond
Essex County, NY
Lincoln Pond holds a great population of bass and muskie in its waters.
Grasse River
Grasse River
St. Lawrence County, NY
Grasse River has angling opportunities for boaters and waders in St. Lawrence County.
Photo: Kyle LeClair
Chazy Lake
Clinton County, NY
Chazy Lake is a great spot for anglers looking for landlocked salmon, rainbows, and lake trout. There is a town boat launch that makes easy access throughout the year.
man holding a large fish
St. Regis Chain of Lakes
Franklin County, NY
The St. Regis is a good location for anglers looking for bass and pike.
The Oswegatchie River
The Oswegatchie River
St. Lawrence County, NY
The Oswegatchie River flows from Gouverneur to Ogdensburg where it meets the St. Lawrence River. There are more than 70 miles of water on the Oswegatchie that provide some great fishing opportunities. (Smallmouth Bass, Walleye)
Lake Trout on Lake George - caught by Scott Stevens
Lake George
Warren County, Lake George, NY
Lake George is a great lake for fishing in both, the north and south basins with large fish populations.
Brant Lake in the Winter
Brant Lake
Warren County, NY
Brant Lake is a great spot for fishing in the Adirondacks for brown and rainbow trout during early summer months.
Paradox Lake
Paradox Lake
Essex County, NY
Paradox Lake is a wonderful fishing location in the Adirondacks, with plenty of fishing opportunities and large populations of species.
Black River
Black River
Lewis County, NY
Black River is a great waterway for anglers in the Adirondack to land quality size fish in the Adirondacks of New York.
Mason Lake during the day. Photo Credit: Chris Knapp
Mason Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Mason Lake is a great fishing spot for anglers in the Adirondacks looking for largemouth bass.
Saranac River
Saranac River
Essex County, Clinton County, Franklin County, NY
The Saranac River is a great waterway for anglers to catch various species in the Adirondacks, including rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, landlocked salmon, and steelhead.
Ausable River
Ausable River
Essex, Clinton County, NY
Ausable River is a great fishing spot in the Adirondacks and runs from Ausable Forks to Lake Champlain.
Cranberry Lake
St. Lawrence County, NY
Cranberry Lake will offer great fishing for brook trout and smallmouth bass in St. Lawrence County.
Ausable River, East Branch
Essex County, NY
The East Branch of the Ausable River is a great fishing spot in the Adirondacks from
Sacandaga River
Hamilton County, NY
The Sacanadaga River is a great location for anglers searching for trout in the Adirondacks.
Indian Lake and Jessup River
Hamilton County, NY
The Indian Lake and Jessup River have a large smelt population that equals big fish.
Trout River
Franklin County, NY
The Trout River is a great fishing spot that is located in Franklin County, near the Canadian border.
Ausable River, West Branch
Essex County, NY
The West Branch of the Ausable River is a great fishing spot in the Adirondacks that is fed by Lake Placid and Chubb River.
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.
Saranac Chain of Lakes
Franklin County, NY
The Saranac Chain of Lakes is a great fishing spot in the Adirondacks with an abundance of fishing and camping locations.
Long Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Long Lake is a 14 mile stretch of water that is a great fishing for anglers in the Adirondacks.
St. Regis River
Franklin County, NY
The St. Regis River is a great fishing location for trout and has great access.
Tupper Lake, Raquette Pond, and Simon Pond
Tupper Lake is a great body of water for anglers in the Adirondacks looking for various species of fish to catch.
Thirteenth Lake
Warren County, NY
Thirteenth Lake provides great fishing for anglers in the Adirondacks because it is primarily a fishery for trout.
West Canada Creek, South Branch
Hamilton County, NY
The South Branch of West Canada Creed receives stockings of trout and is a great for anglers looking for this species.
Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Warren County, NY
The Siamese Ponds Wilderness covers over 175 square miles and harboring 79 ponds in the Adirondacks
Union Falls Flow
Franklin County, NY
Union Falls Flow is a prime location for anglers looking to catch walleye in the Adirondacks.
Schroon River
Warren County, NY
The Schroon River in the Adirondacks, is a great fishing location for anglers looking for trout.
St. Regis Canoe Area
Franklin County, NY
The St. Regis Canoe Area is New York State's only designated canoe area where no motorized watercrafts are allowed, is great for anglers and campers.
Beaver River Impoundments
Lewis County, NY
Beaver River Impoundments is a series of dams on the Beaver River that created reservoirs and a lake. The waterway offers a great scenic and peaceful scene for anglers.
Blue Mountain Lake
Hamilton County, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Blue Mountain Lake has bountiful populations of fish and is great for all types of anglers. the lake is located between the Blue Ridge Wilderness and Blue Mountain Wild Forest.
Eighth Lake (Fulton Chain)
Hamilton County, NY
Eighth Lake stretches along Route 28 and is great to find rainbow trout, lake trout, and landlocked salmon.
Eagle Lake
Essex County, NY
Eagle Lake is a smaller body of water but offers great opportunities for smallmouth bass, northern pike, and brown trout.
Meacham Lake
Franklin County, NY
Meacham Lake is a an ideal site for fishing and camping experiences. The water holds many species of fish and wildlife and for visitors to interact with.
Chateaugay River
Franklin County, NY
The Chateaugay River is a great location in the Adirondacks for anglers to find brook, rainbow, and brown trout.
Limekiln Lake
NY
The waters of Limekiln Lake has a large population of the splake species.
Lake George Wild Forest
Warren County, NY
The Lake George Wild Forest is bordered by Lake George itself, and has over 45 ponds and lakes.
Oxbow Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Oxbow Lake has great bass fishing for anglers and is located northwest of the Piseco Lake.
Massawepie Area
St. Lawrence County, NY
The Massawepie Area consist of the great fishing spots of Massawepie Lake, Long Pond, Deer Pond, Town Line Pond, and Pine Pond.
Oswegatchie River, West Branch
Lewis County, NY
Anglers fishing the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River water's is a great opportunity to land great brook trout.
Lake Durant
Hamilton County, NY
Lake Durant is a small lake located in Hamilton county of the Adirondacks.
Lake Placid
Essex County, NY
Lake Placid has continuously produced large wild fish and state record breaking lake trout.
Long Pond
Lewis County, NY
Long Pond is a deep, dark water lake that is great for anglers trying to catch splake, salmon, and brook trout.
Lake Champlain
Clinton County, NY
Lake Champlain provides over 8,000 square miles of great fishing for all anglers.
Chateaugay Lakes, Upper & Lower
Franklin County, Clinton County, NY
the Upper and Lower parts of Chateaugay Lakes are great fishing spots for anglers in the Adirondacks. The two parts are separated by the county lines of Franklin and Clinton Counties.
Glen Lake
Warren County, NY
Glen Lake is a small body of water located next to the Docksider restaurant.
Seventh Lake (Fulton Chain)
Hamilton County, NY
Seventh Lake is a great fishing spot for trout in the Adirondacks on the western border of Hamilton County.
Little Salmon River
Franklin County, NY
The Little Salmon River is the western branch to the Salmon River and runs from the Canadian border to the Twin Ponds.
Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are great bodies of water for anglers in Hamilton County.
Boquet River, Lower
Essex County, NY
The lower section of the Boquet River in Essex County of the Adirondacks. You can find great fishing spots for landlocked salmon in the spring and fall with plenty of access spots.
Lake Eaton
Long Lake, NY
Lake Eaton is a heavily stocked lake that is small in size but offers multiple fish species for anglers.
Taylor Pond
Clinton County, NY
Taylor Pond has a great population of salmon and trout.
Little Trout River
Franklin County, NY
The Little Trout River is a great river for fly fishing in the Adirondacks.
Great Chazy River, North Branch
Clinton County, NY
The Great Chazy River's North Branch is stocked annually with trout and provides a great fishing location for anglers.
Lake Colby
Franklin County, NY
Lake Colby is a 272-acre lake, located just outside the village of Saranac Lake.
Lake Lila
Hamilton County, NY
Lake Lila is a great fishing spot that is not easily accessed in the middle of the wilderness.
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Essex County, NY
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.
Franklin Falls Flow
Essex County, NY
Franklin Falls Flow is a great fishing spot for walleye and other species.
Raquette Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Raquette Lake is the home for New York State's broodstock lake trout.
Lewey Lake and Miami River
Hamilton County, NY
Lewey Lake and Miami River have great fish populations and are great for anglers in the center of the Adirondacks.
Forked Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Forked Lake is a great fishing location for small and largemouth bass, brook trout, and landlocked salmon.
Raquette River Impoundments
St. Lawrence County, NY
The Raquette River Impoundments is eight reservoirs on the Raquette River created by hydroelectric dams.
Upper Grasse River and Plumb Brook
St. Lawrence County, NY
The Upper Grasse River and Plum Brook are southern extension to the Grasse River waterway.
St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence County, NY
The St. Lawrence River holds large populations of various species of fish and has numerous access points.
Marble River
Franklin County, NY
The Marble River gives anglers five miles of fishing from the Chateaugay River upstream beyond the Chateaugay Fish Hatchery.
Lake Bonaparte
Lewis County, NY
Lake Bonaparte sees heavy recreational use in the summer, but is a great fishing spot for anglers in Lewis County.
Harris Lake
Essex County, Newcomb, NY
Harris Lake is an easy access fishing spot in the northwestern part of the Adirondacks.
Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond
Hamilton County, NY
Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond were part of the 1997 Whitney Land purchase by the state. The waters offer a great wilderness experience.
West Canada Lake Wilderness
Hamilton County, NY
The West Canada Lake Wilderness is nearly half of Hamilton County and has over 50 ponds.
Five Ponds Wilderness
Herkimer County, NY
Anglers that travel through the Five Ponds Wilderness area can find brook trout in it's scattered bodies of water.
Francis Lake
Lewis County, NY
Francis Lake is a great shallow weedy lake off Route 26.
Hudson River
NY
The Hudson River offers anglers a wilderness setting for smallmouth and brook trout.
Fawn Lake
Hamilton County, NY
Fawn Lake is a small body of water great for fishing and relaxing in the Adirondacks.
St. Regis River, East Branch
Franklin County, NY
The East Branch St. Regis River has about 8 miles of canoeable water upstream from Everton Falls.
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
Warren County/Hamilton County, NY
The Wilcox Lake Wild Forest area is a great fishing spot for anglers looking for trout in the Adirondacks.
The Chubb River
Two of the 46 High Peaks, Street and Nye, rear magnificently above the water, and the Sawtooth Range becomes visible as you paddle through the marshes along the water.
Mountain View Lake and Indian Lake
Mountain View, Franklin County, NY
Mountain View Lake and Indian Lake are connected through a navigable channel.
Black Lake
St. Lawrence County, NY
Black Lake stretches 20 miles and is a great place to fish for largemouth & smallmouth bass, yellow perch, crappies, bluegills, northern pike, and walleye.
Schroon Lake
Essex County, Warren County, NY
Schroon Lake is a wonderful fishing location for various coldwater and warmwater species.