Adirondack Fishing

Adirondack Fishing

A variety of options to land your big catch

Fish the fresh, clean waters of the Adirondacks

The spring, winter, and summer fishing seasons offer excellent sport for anglers on lakes and rivers throughout the Adirondacks. Head into the backcountry and fish for trout or go boating on any number of deep lakes for smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, and perch. Landlocked salmon can be found in Blue Mountain Lake, Raquette Lake, and Long Lake. Spring boasts full lakes, rushing rivers, and hungry fish, while summer warms the surface and gets the fish lively. "Hard water" fishing season - roughly from December through March each year - also offers excellent opportunities. And if you like a little competition, then bring your tip-ups and take part in one of the many ice fishing derbies that dot our lakes in the winter months.

Acres and acres to explore

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is home to numerous ponds, rivers, and lakes spread acres 50,000 acres of backcountry forests. Miles of marked hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and horseback riding areas make this remote destination perfect for a fishing trip to the heart of the Adirondacks.  

Hundreds of lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams flow through the center of the Adirondacks, making it a prime location for all types of fishing.

Your Ideal Fishing Location

Fish in quiet solitude along shaded inlets, deep pools, and wide stretches of riffles. From the deep, clear waters of Blue Mountain Lake to the rushing rapids and swirling pools of the Hudson River, your next fishing trip in the Adirondacks is sure to thrill everyone from novice to old-timer. Experience a true wilderness fishing trip and go camping after a day on the water.

Our big lakes and backcountry ponds teem with smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, and landlocked salmon. We also have expeditions available with licensed, professional guides that offer added insight and expertise. For serious backcountry wilderness fishing, charter a flight into the Adirondack’s untouched forests with one of our float plane services and fish for Adirondack species such as:

  • Lake, brown, brook, and rainbow trout
  • Landlocked Salmon
  • Largemouth and smallmouth bass
  • Perch
  • Walleye
  • Northern pike
  • Pickerel

Raquette Lake fishing offers some of the Adirondack's premier broodstock lake trout. At six miles long, Raquette Lake contains the Adirondack’s longest shoreline, with a maximum depth just under 100 feet. Troll the deep water near Beecher Island for trout, or fish the lake’s rocky shorelines and back-bays for largemouth and smallmouth bass. 

Shops and Lodging

Fly shops are available so you can stock up on necessary supplies for fishing in the Adirondacks, and local fishermen are for the best fly patterns and techniques. Find wild brook trout on the Miami River near Speculator, or head to Indian Lake for pumpkinseeds with the kids. After you reel in that trophy catch, unwind at one of our lodging destinations before hitting the town for dinner and drinks.

License Regulations

A fishing license is required to fish Adirondack waterways for anyone over 16. Purchase your license from town clerks, outdoor stores or online through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fish away from the crowd, visit us in the central Adirondacks of New York.

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Leave No Trace 7 Principles

Upstate Guide Service Inc. is a licensed, insured, professional full-time outfitter and guide service serving the Adirondack region...
Paddling These lakes are located west of the town of Newcomb. Start on the public beach at either lake for a scenic 7.5-mile...
Route 28N
Newcomb
12852
Fishing Bullhead fishing is a favorite, especially along Perkins Clearing Road. For brown trout, the best fishing is from a boat....
Route 30
Speculator
12164
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30, follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for 0.5 mile and turn left...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Fishing A unique heritage strain of wild brook trout are found in Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond. These waters provide wilderness...
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road and turn left on Moose River Plains...
Moose River Plains Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking The Rock River Trail is a 3-mile trail through a pristine forest that ends at a very scenic area on Rock River. Rolling...
Hiking The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly...
Hiking and Nature Walk This short and easy trail offers a short jaunt for a nature hike, birding, and a perfect Adirondack paddle...
Winter Overview: This trail is not recommended for winter access as the Moose River Plains Wild Forest contains a snowmobile...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
44.3097817,-75.3235516
Inlet
13360
Hiking Clear Pond is good-sized at 35 acres. The trail covers 1.4 miles, from the Clear Pond Parking Area, making a loop around the...
Clear Pond Rd
Parishville
13676
Hiking With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types...
Hunt Club Road
Inlet
13360
Directions: From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake, follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake for 6 miles...
Route 28/30
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a bit...
Camping Located on picturesque Piseco Lake and offers activities such as hiking, swimming, sailing, boating and fishing. Point...
1365 County Route 24
Piseco
12139
Hiking Reach Otter Brook at 4.0 miles down the trail, but there is no bridge. Be careful fording the stream, which has deep spots...
Hiking This historic hike into Cedar Lakes is known as the French Louie Trail, which honors the famous "French Louie", guide and...
Cedar River Road
Arietta
‎12139
Paddling How to Get There From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue just...
Gilmantown Road
Speculator
12164
Fishing Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue...
Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road just west of Inlet, follow Big Moose Road. Turn...
Hiking Cellar Pond is an interesting back-country gem that gets very little attention from hikers. The trail once used heavily has...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
13360
Paddling Carry Falls is the first of many reservoirs created by Brookfield Power on the Raquette River. This rather large body of...
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake and continue...
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake and continue...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking How to Get There From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 for 1.3 mile toward North...
Boating The Sacandaga Lake boat launch is located within the Moffits Beach DEC campsite area, once of the largest in the...
Page Street
Lake Pleasant
12108
Fishing You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch. There's splake and brown trout for the...
Hiking Wilson Pond is one of those hidden ponds that so many would consider a back-country gem. With a well-placed lean-to on its...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Fishing From the intersection of Route 30 and 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue out of town and turn...
Lake Lila Access Road
Long Lake
12847
Park This large picnic area is on the shore of Fourth Lake Fishing There are some feed weed beds for fishing northern pike, tiger...
Petrie Road
Inlet
13360
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
12842
This is the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, with plenty of inlets and outlets to explore, such as South Inlet, Browns...
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for 0.5 mile, turn left on ...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential. It is located along...
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a little ...
Paddling The famous 16-mile Fulton Chain is a heavily traveled route. From First Lake to Fifth Lake the waterway is continuous and...
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview Not recommended. The Moose River Plains Is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or trucks during the winter....
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking From the trailhead, hike along an old woods road and cross a bridge over a muddy pond area. The trail gently climbs past...
Fishing An easy carry for this fishing spot for brook trout, since there is limited shoreline fishing. Directions to Access Point(s...
Route 28N
Long Lake
12847
Fishing Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations...
Green Bridge Rd
43.694550
Wells
12190
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the hamlet of Indian Lake, follow Route 28 south and continue for 1.4...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Directions to Access Points Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30....
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road, and turn left on Moose...
Moose River Plains
Inlet
13360
Hiking This trail has easy, rolling terrain and is a great place for the whole family. The path is on an old roadbed that ends at...
Fishing Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake...
Paddling A nice side trip while in the Speculator/Lake Pleasant area, this small meandering stream is an interesting four-mile...
Route 30
Mason Lake
Speculator
12164
Hiking An 8.1-mile trip into Big West Lake and to the fireplace left behind by Louis Seymour is a benchmark in the hikes of anyone...
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
12842
Nicks Lake Campground is a state DEC Campground. Over 100 campsites are available for reservation. In winter, it is open for...
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue...
Kickerville Road
Long Lake
12847
Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended, as this is a snowplow turn around, and the shoulder of the road cannot be parked...
Sixth Lake Road
Inlet
13360
Boating A nice parking area and boat launch with a sandy beach are the features that allow for a sleepy afternoon of fishing from...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road and turn left on Moose River Plains...
Indian River Road
Inlet
13360
Campgrounds John Dillon Park is a fully accessible campground with nature trails, campsites, and lean-to's, making it easier for...
Hiking The crushed stone lined trail makes for a nice and relaxing hike back to a small kettle pond. The trail ends at a small...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Trout Brook is not named as such on any map, but a historical marker refers to it as such as you cross over it on North...
Hiking This short hike is perfect for a family, especially during the splendor of fall.  The Falls Pond and West Canada Wilderness...
Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a network of dirt roads and trails in parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake...
Chain Lakes Road South
Indian Lake
12842
Enjoy extensive hiking and biking trails, or take to the water with DEC canoe rentals. In winter, this is a snowmobile area....
Fishing This remote pond pays off with fish-attractive features. The carry is on old dirt roads. Directions to Access Points: From...
Long Lake
12847
Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended for those on foot as this is a snowmobile trail in the winter.    Upper Sargent...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
Lake Adirondack is also known as Adirondack Lake. Once on the lake be sure to check out the northeast bay for the most scenic areas...
Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road, then take a right on Moose River...
Indian River Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe from the parking area. The trailhead is large and doubles as a...
Fishing Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road to Moose River Plains Road....
Moose River Plains
Inlet
13360
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue...
Fishing Piseco is popular among fisher-folk for lake trout and land-locked salmon. It also has a solid population of whitefish....
Old Piseco Road
Piseco
12139
Hiking and snowshoeing This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The...
Paddling Cedar River Flow is an excellent, secluded spot for wilderness paddling. Moose River flows into the area and is restrained...
Cedar River Road
Inlet
13360
Cedar River Flow is tucked in the mountains far from the main road. Several sites are by the outlet dam. Snowmobiling The winter...
Waterbody Cascade Pond Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow...
Durant Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular...
Directions: There are two access points to reach Eagle Lake: one is from Blue Mountain Lake by paddling south through the narrows, ...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Fishing Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake, follow Route 28/30 toward...
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Fishing Shoreline Fishing: Limited to the headquarters area. Other shore fishing locations are available, but are only accessible...
Directions: From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road and turn left on Moose River Plains...
Moose River Plains Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a...
Hiking This is an easy Adirondack trail system which totals 13.5 miles. These two wilderness areas are flatter than much of the...
Directions to Access Points: Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive toward Newcomb on Route 28N. Continue to where Fishing...
Route 28N
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This trail opens into some wide, flat, plain areas covered in scrub brush. Location: The trailhead is a 13-mile drive in...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
The only way to explore Round Lake is by water. With paddling, birding and camping available, it is difficult to leave until...
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 for a mile to Big Brook Road...
195 Lakeview Dr
Indian Lake
12842
Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 toward North Hudson for...
Indian Lake
12842
Directions to Access Points: Start by following Route 28N/30 from Long Lake toward Blue Mountain Lake. There is a large parking...
Long Lake
12847
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue for 0.25...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30, follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and locate the...
Inlet
13360
Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road and turn left on...
Inlet
13360
Directions to Access Points Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North...
Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake....
Long Lake
12847
From the end of Indian River Road, at the trailhead parking, you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic...
Directions to Access Points: From the 3-way intersection in the Hamlet of Long Lake follow Route 30/28N toward Blue Mountain Lake....
Long Lake
12847
Access to these ponds can be made from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the perfect...
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake....
Long Lake
12847
Cascade and Stephens Ponds are two beautiful gems in the Blue Ridge Wilderness. In any season, you'll find peaceful forests and...
Directions to Forked Lake Dam Access Points From the three-way intersection in the Hamlet of Long Lake, follow Route 30/28N toward...
Long Lake
12847
Large mouth and small mouth bass are plentiful in Oxbow Lake. The fish stick to the undeveloped northern shore, where there are...
Piseco
12139
Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 28/30 and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road....
Cedar River Road
Indian Lake
12842
Winter Overview: Winter access is great here for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
The trail to Lower Sargent Pond is marked with both snowmobile and hiking trail markers. It goes primarily through hardwood stands...
North Lake Road
Long Lake
12847
This “pull off and fish by the roadside” pond has been the favorite for parents teaching their children to fish, and it also yields...
Winter Overview: This area is not recommended for winter access, other than by snowmobile, as the Moose River Plains is a...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
The Sargent Ponds trails offer an excellent opportunity to bike through the woods on well marked, fairly level, paths. Separate...
North Point Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
The Miami River, accessed from the south end of Lewey Lake, flows through the backcountry and is home to wild brook trout. The...
Speculator
12164
Winter Overview: The winter parking here is snowplowed for 12 cars and offers a great place for cross-country skiing and...
Winter Overview: Winter access is not recommended, as the road is narrow and snowplows just fit on the bridge. There is no parking...
Seventh Lake Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Not recommended for winter access as the Moose River Plains is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or ...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
North Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation route by foot or by mountain bike. This loop includes flat dirt roads that are...
Eighth Lake Campground
Inlet
13360
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim...
Inlet
13360
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that's off the right side of Rondaxe Road across from the trail to Bald Mountain....
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Brown trout are stocked in the Sacandaga and some wild brook trout are also found here. The river parallels Rt. 30 between...
Wells
12190
The area around this bridge is the favorite spot of fishermen. Off the beaten path, there are many open sandy areas for casting....
40 Antlers Road
Inlet
13360
Beautiful wild forest island offering wilderness camping and some of the best recreational boating in the Adirondacks, Indian Lake...
Indian Lake
12842
This slow moving, "perfect Adirondack wilderness" river is full of native fish at its southern end and has easy fishing locations...
The Indian River north of Lake Abanake (an impoundment of the Indian River) attracts both spin fishers and fly fishers. Rainbow and...
Indian Lake
12842
Two-year old brown and brook trout are stocked in the South Branch, West Canada Creek in the waters downstream from the Floe. Above...
Hoffmeister
13353
Northern pike, brown trout, lake trout and small mouth bass are found in Lewey Lake.  The weed bed at the southern end of the lake...
Speculator
12164
For true wilderness fishing that exceeds expectations for beauty and the fight in the wild brook trout, the West Canada Lakes...
Speculator
12164
Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are connected by a channel.  There are good populations of brown and rainbow trout in both waters...
Lake Pleasant
12108
Sacandaga Lake (not to be confused with Great Sacandaga Lake) and Lake Pleasant are connected by a channel.  There are good...
Lake Pleasant
12108

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Amsterdam
12010
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Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
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