Fishing in the Adirondacks

Apart from the sheer beauty of the Adirondacks, the 6 million acre park offers anglers an unmatched experience to fish a wide variety of freshwater game fish, year round. From spring fly fishing a secluded Adirondack brook, to summer bass fishing on the crystal clear waters of Lake George. The parks 3,000 freshwater lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds serve thousands of eager fisherman each year.

Fly Fishing –

Fly fishing in the Adirondacks has been enjoyed by many for years. Since its start as a vacation spot in the early 1800’s, fly fishing has been a major part of the parks recognition. Rivers such as the Ausable, Saranac, and Schroon are some of the many well known rivers to be fished. 

Spring Trout Fishing –

Spring rivers, and streams run high with glacier melt, as antsy fisherman await the first of April. It’s an arrival that comes with much joy to any passionate trout angler. As the ice atop many popular lakes and ponds continues to thaw, unclaimed waters await. Spring fly fishing in the Adirondacks is known to be some of the best trout fishing in the country. 

Fall Trout Fishing-

Similar to the Spring season, trout fishing throughout the fall in the Adirondacks provides an experience like no other. Vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange line the mountaintops that surround. While a crisp autumn breeze accompanies the air.  The cooling water temperatures of fall can bring trout up to feed underneath the water’s surface, offering anglers a chance to land some of these beautiful fish.


The water temperature is key to catching trout, so you may find a bite almost non existent if you fish too late or too early in the season. The cold Waters of Spring and Fall are perfect for landing a big trout as it feeds close to the surface. But be sure to wait long enough for the water levels to lower, as spring thaws can keep rivers running high late into April and May. Trout fishing is also best in times of low light, such as late at night, and early in the morning.

Trophy Fishing-

Upstate New York has become a well known destination amongst trophy fisherman. A much deserved title to say the least,  as it was home to the world record Pike for over 40 years. Trophy anglers here can also test their luck fishing for record size Trout, Bass, Salmon, Walleye,Tiger Muskellunge, and more.

Ice Fishing-

For those fisherman who can never get enough, Upstate New York offers a lengthy Ice fishing season. Any willing to brave the cold can continue to fish until their heart’s content, for all of the same species offered during the regular fishing season. 


Stay safe when Ice fishing! 3 Inches or more is recommended to safely walk on, and at least 5-6 inches for use of ATV’s and snowmobiles. Be aware of unsafe waters, such as areas around docks that are weakened by bubblers.

For more Upstate New York fishing information check out the Angler Magazine; Upstate NY Addition here;