Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing in the Adirondacks

Winter is the time to fish

Ice Fishing in the Adirondacks

As snow blankets the Adirondacks in white and cold temperatures creep across our deep lakes – the landscape is transformed into a frozen winter wonderland. Entire ice fishing communities pop up on lakes, rivers and ponds – a sure sign that the fish are biting!

Enjoy fishing in Adirondacks year-round

From mid-November through mid-March, fish for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye on our frozen waterways. Two types of fishing lines are allowed on most of our Adirondacks lakes: hand lines and tip-ups. Through April 30, fish for several species of Adirondack fish, including Bass, Trout, Landlocked Salmon and Crappie. Ice fishing is permitted on most lakes and rivers, with the exception of Indian River. Licensed guides offer added insight for the best fishing spots throughout the region.
Additional ice fishing species include:

  • Yellow Perch
  • Splake
  • Rock bass
  • Largemouth bass
  • Lake Trout
  • Carp

The New York State Department of Conservation does enforce special regulations for ice fishing on 13 of Hamilton County's waterways, including:

  • Blue Mountain Lake
  • Forked Lake
  • Fourth Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Lake Abanakee
  • Raquette Lake

Be the first one at the lake with a cold-weather Adirondack camping experience. For a complete list of fishing regulations and regulatory waterways, log onto www.dec.ny.gov. 

Drop a line and enjoy an ice-fishing expedition in the Adirondacks!

Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch....
Limekiln Lake Rd
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Always check ice thickness before walking on local lakes. Fourth Lake sees a large amount of snowmobile traffic...
Petrie Road
Inlet
13360
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
With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of...
Inlet
13360
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: The town of Inlet highway department plows a four-car parking area at the beginning of the campsite road. Cross–...
Limekiln Road
Inlet
13360
This is a New York State DEC campground. The fishing from the lake front sites in Eighth Lake Campground has always been good, and...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Limekiln Lake receives an annual stocking of 2,000 splake, and it yields plenty of fish in the 15 - 18 inch range, and an...
Rainbow trout, lake trout, and land-locked salmon are stocked in Eighth Lake, but rainbows seem the most popular among anglers....
Inlet
13360

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