Water, water everywhere

Did you know the Adirondacks is dotted with lakes, rivers, brooks, and ponds? Some of the most picturesque are right here in the Adirondack Hub, so it's no wonder that each spring the region draws serious anglers in search of trout, while bass and pike are the focus later in the season. Whether you’re quietly hiking in to a backcountry pond in North Hudson in search of brook trout, wetting a line on the Boreas River in Minerva, or chasing rainbows on Newcomb's Clear Pond, you’ll find plenty of scenery to go with your fishing. The region is even the home of the source of the Hudson River, which offers trout anglers some fine fishing in the upper reaches of the river before it becomes the big river.

Both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Essex County Fish Hatchery supplement the wild trout population with thousands of stocked trout, including some hefty two- and three-year-old fish. If you're looking to make it a multi-day fishing excursion, stop by a tackle shop where you can gear up for a day on the water. The region's handy guide can get you started. Also, local guides can help get the inside track on what's biting and where!

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

 

 

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This giant lake has a wonderful beach and is close to downtown.
Main St, Schroon Lake
This giant lake has plenty of room for every recreational wish. Amenities and supplies in the town of Schroon Lake, with its stores and marina. There are three boat launches on the western side. Size: over 4,000 acres Species: trout, lake trout...
You'll need to bring a lightweight watercraft and carry it in on a hiking path.
897 NYS Route 74, Schroon Lake
Paddling Loons, whitetail deer, common mergansers, beavers, snapping turtles, and water snakes have all been spotted. Experience this very peaceful, but close enough to civilization, part of the Adirondacks. Size: 441 Acres. Lean-to available at lake....
Casa Turn Road, North Hudson
Bass Lake is located in the beautiful Hammond Pond Wild Forest. At 39 acres, it's not a big lake but a typical backcountry pond. And you'll find, like many other small lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks, it doesn't have to be big to be special. Bass...
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
This tributary of the Hudson River gets its start at Cheney Pond in the town of Minerva. Here, you'll find native brook trout. Farther down the river, however, the state regularly stocks brown trout each spring. Essex County usually adds larger...
Alder Meadow Road, Schroon Lake
A New York state-designated "recreational river," the Schroon River is a 68-mile long tributary of the Hudson. It starts near the hamlet of Underwood and flows into the Hudson near Warrensburg. For fishermen, the Schroon River offers a variety of...
Ensign Pond Road, North Hudson
Challis Pond, located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, offers early-season anglers brook trout. Reclaimed in 1992, the Little Tupper Lake Strain of brook trout were then stocked in this 15-acre pond. Remember that trout fishing is best when the water...
There are three branches of the well-named Trout Brook.
Blue Ridge Road, Rte 2b, Minerva
There are three branches of Trout Brook. The North Branch simply flows between Warrens Pond and Big Marsh; the Hoffman Notch Trail follows much of its length. The trailhead is located along County Highway 2b (the Boreas or Blue Ridge Road). The east...
Route 8, Schroon Lake
Directions to Access Points: From Schroon Lake get on I-87 and head south to Exit 25 and take a left and head east on Route 8 toward Brant Lake. Continue for just under 4-miles to the state access boat launch on the left. Shoreline Fishing: There is a...