Fishing the Adirondacks

New York’s Adirondack Park is a 6.1 million acre forest preserve home to more than 10,000 pristine lakes and 30,000 awe-inspiring miles of streams and rivers.

Unlike most preserves, there are 103 towns and villages within the park, and more than half of the preserve sits on privately owned land.

The Adirondacks offer a wonderful opportunity for fresh water fishing. The northern areas of the park hold both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Trout also abound in this region, including: Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Lake trout. Other fish popular with anglers are perch walleye, splake (cross between a speckled trout and a lake trout), northern pike, tiger muskies, pickerel, and landlocked salmon (or Atlantic Salmon). The Big Waters region includes Lake George, Lake Champlain, and the St. Lawrence River, where you will find carp, bass, muskellunge, pike and trout.

All types of access means plenty of options for everyone. Whether you want to reach the remotest spots on foot, or you prefer to relax in the comfort of your boat or canoe, the Adirondacks will not disappoint even the most discriminating anglers.

A favorite spot of mine is the beautiful Upper Saranac Lake, a nine mile long lake that is home to some pretty impressive northern pike and trout. This lake allows for motor boats, but sometime a rod and a canoe are all I need for a perfect day on the lake. Numerous weedy bays throughout the Saranac Lakes that also include Lower and Middle Saranac make a good day trip, especially for vacationers staying in nearby Lake Placid.

Despite challenges from timber, industry, and tourism interests, the 1964 restrictions placed on the park under the US National Wilderness Act have largely halted further development. A majority of the original forests in park remain untouched by loggers. In addition, many lakes and waterways remain off-limits to motor boats.

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