Adirondack Lake & River Fishing

Our 240 lakes and ponds, nine major rivers and miles of brooks and streams provide a multitude of fishing opportunities. Fly fish for trout in our majestic rivers or cast a line for northern pike from one of our Adirondack island campsites. With a huge variety in fresh water fish species including salmon, bass, walleye, panfish and splake combined with breathtaking mountain scenery, it makes the Adirondacks the number one fishing destination in the eastern United States.

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


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