The Adirondack Lakes Region offers some of the finest hidden gem fishing spots in the Adirondack Park and most are accessible by canoe or kayak. From Northern Pike, known as “waterwolves” for their predatory nature, to Walleye and Brook Trout, Franklin County’s lakes, rivers and streams offer ideal fishing conditions year round.
In the late spring and summer, pike are abundant when warming temperatures create ideal conditions for this species to thrive. Land a trophy catch by fishing near weed beds and drop-offs with spinners, spoons, plugs and minnows. For an insiders’ perspective on the best places to fish in Franklin County, consider hiring a guide service for the day.
Popular Franklin County fishing spots for Northern Pike include:
- Lake Clear
- Lake Flower
- Meacham Lake
- Oseetah Lake
- Raquette Pond
- Saranac Lakes Chain
- St. Regis Lakes Chain
- Tupper Lake
- Union Falls Flow
As one of New York’s most popular game fish, Walleye thrive in a variety of habitats, from lakes to rivers, and are stocked annually in waterways across New York State. Jigs, blade baits and crankbaits work best for landing a trophy catch on these popular Franklin County Walleye fishing waters:
- Franklin Falls Flow
- Rainbow Lake
- Tupper Lake
- Union Falls Flow
Adirondack Lakes Region’s Windfall Brook Trout
12,000 years ago, at the time of the last Adirondack glacial retreat, extremely cold tolerant fish species began feeding and thriving at the edge of the receding glaciers. Out of this time, the Windfall Brook Trout strain developed as a result of these unique environmental conditions.
One of only seven surviving Heritage Strains of Brook Trout existing in the Adirondacks, the wild Windfall Brook Trout has evolved to become every serious angling enthusiast's prize catch. Since the turn of the century, the Windfall Brook Trout has been coveted for its tenacious fighting ability, brilliant color and large sizes, some reaching over three pounds and approximately twenty inches in length.
Go for a canoe or kayak and fish for these beauties on popular Adirondack Lakes’ waterways:
- Little Tupper Lake
- St. Regis River
- Chateauguay River
FREE Adirondack Fishing E-Brochure
Download your FREE Adirondack Fishing guide with information on the species you can catch and maps showing where to find them.
- Cold Brook Farm - 518-891-3585
- Fisherman's Paradise - 518-497-6711
- Hinchinbrooke Fish Hatchery - 518-497-6505
- Restful Ponds - 518-425-3361
- Smooth Flow Ponds - 518-483-7561
- Springbrook Farm - 518-425-6879
Local Fishing Tips
John Miletich shares his history with fishing in the Adirondacks, and a bit about the fun background of the Hendrickson Hatch - a yearly tournament not steeped in competition, but instead in making friends and enjoying fishing.
Read John's entire piece here: Hendrickson Hatch.
Tips from a Local Guide
Bobby Helms of Tame the Trout Charters gives his tips for fishing in the Adirondacks, including:
- Go-to lures to catch elusive Adirondack fish
- Best lakes and waterways for fishing
- Where to relax after a day of fishing in the Adirondacks
Read the entire piece here: Local Adirondack Fishing Tips.