Jessup River on Jessup River Road

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue on Route 30 for 5.25 miles past the access for Mason Lake and locate the Jessup River Road on the right. Follow Jessup River Roar for just over 3.5 miles to the bridge over the river.

Shoreline Fishing

The river in this area is quite shallow and easy to walk and wade so it makes for excellent shore fishing and fly fishing. The river bottom is mainly sand making for a great place to work yourself well up and down stream of the roadside. Look for deep pools where the trout like to hang out.

Boat access

No boat access

Fish Species Types

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon

Special Regulations

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Cedar River from Gooley Club Road

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 toward North Hudson for around 1.4 miles to Chain Lake Road on the left and drive Chain Lake Road to the gate at the end. The distance to the gate depends on the time of year you visit. There is a gate that is often closed for mud season, but during non-mud season you can get through to another gate about a mile further in.

Shoreline Fishing

This access is now on state land and is open to the public. Shore fishing is really good for brown trout but preferably fly fishing is best and wading out into the stream seems to be the best opportunity. There is shore fishing along the river however. It is over 3.5 miles to hike along the forest road from the outer gate to reach the river at this location. The access is an easy walk and takes roughly 1.25 hours for most hikers.

Boat access

No boat access

Fish Species Types

Brown Trout

Special Regulations

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Sprague Pond Shoreline

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 28/30 and Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, follow Cedar River Road. Continue for 4.5 miles to the Sprague Pond Trailhead on the right.

Shoreline Fishing

To reach the shore you will have a 0.3 mile hike to the pond. The terrain is easy and you will be there in no time flat. The brown trout fishing from shore is decent, and there is plenty of room to cast a line. The panfish are pretty abundant as well making for a fun fishing destination for then kids.

Boat access

The only boat access is by a 0.3 mile carry from the trailhead. The best fishing is from a boat, but don't feel it is necessary.

Fish Species Types

Brown Trout, panfish

Special Regulations

 

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Mitchell Ponds Fishing Areas

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and into Inlet. In Inlet follow Limekiln Road on the left. Continue to the access for the Moose River Plains on the left. Follow this dirt road (rough) for 5.25 miles to the Mitchell Pond Trailhead on the right.

Shoreline Fishing:

Shoreline fishing is all you will have on these two ponds. There is ample room to access the ponds in several areas but you will have to hike up to 2-miles to access the two ponds. The trail does go over a decent sized hogback requiring a moderate climb and descent. Lower Pond is very deep where lake trout is supposed to exist. It is also reported that kokanee is also available here, but difficult to catch.

Boat access:

Canoe or kayak access only, but will require a very long carry from the Moose River Plains Road.

Fish Species Types:

Brown Trout, kokanee, Lake trout (lower only)

Special Regulations:

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Mason Lake Fishing Area

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue on Route 30 past the Lewey Lake Campground and locate Mason Lake on the right about 4 miles further. There is a designated parking area for the lake. Other access point do exist on the north side of the lake off the dirt road to Perkins Clearing.

Shoreline Fishing:

There is good shore fishing from Route 30 but much better from Perkins Clearing Road on the north side where campsites are available. Best for bullhead fishing

Boat access:

Canoe and Kayak access only, but you can have small outboards if you so choose to carry them down. The best fishing is from a boat to get out to the deeper waters in the center of the pond.

Fish Species Types:

Perch, Bullhead, Brown Trout

Special Regulations:

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Jessup River at Route 30

Waterbody

Jessup River 

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue on Route 30 past the Lewey Lake Campground and the Mason Lake access point on the right. About 1.4 miles past the Mason Lake access point you will cross the Jessup River.

Shoreline Fishing

The river is quite shallow and easy to walk and wade so it makes for excellent shore fishing and fly fishing.

Boat access

This river is a bit shallow in areas but it is still a good spot to put in a canoe or kayak to head up stream or down. This is an excellent spot to put in to access the south end of Indian Lake.

Fish Species Types

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon

Special Regulations

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Indian Lake

Directions to Access Points

The main access point is at the Indian Lake Islands State Campground, this can be found south of Indian Lake village on Route 30. For cartop access you can get to the west shore in many locations off Route 30, just do not park in the campsites without obtaining a camping permit.

Shoreline Fishing

Shore fishing is a bit more limited unless you are using the state campground and the sites along Route 30, again a day use fee will be required. Brookies, salmon, and bullhead are the best fish to catch from shore.

Boat access

There is only one motor boat access and that is off Route 30 at the Indian Lake Islands State Campground, being state owned there is a dayuse fee. Cartop boat access can be managed along Route 30 in many locations, but it will require short carries to access the shore, and some carries can be quite steep. With a max depth of around 85' you will want to use a boat to fish from. Troll the deeper sections of lake trout and use the weeds to access bass and northern pike. The shallower bays tend to be hot spots for northern pike, while areas around inlets are good for trout. This lake is known for excellent smelting as well.

Fish Species Types

Lake trout, brook trout, brown trout, bass, panfish, perch, bullhead, northern pike

Special Regulations

Day use fees will apply at the Indian Lake Islands State Campground

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Also please refer to the state regulations and preventative measures in reagrds to Aquatic Invasive Species, boat wash facilities, and the new state law of "Clean, Drain, and Dry."  

Seventh Lake

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 through Raquette Lake and locate the state boat launch on the right.

Shoreline Fishing:

Along 7th Lake there are a ton of primitive campsites where you can practice shore fishing. You also have options along Route 28 and at the and around the state boat launch site. The water is quite shallow in the area of the boat launch so you can get out much further as needed.

Boat access:

This is the best form of fishing for 7th Lake. Use the concrete state boat launch to access with canoe, kayak, or motor boat. Locate Goff Island on the southern end of the lake and you should have decent luck with trout and salmon. Trolling for salmon and lake trout is also a good practice.

Fish Species Types:

Lake Trout, landlocked salmon, brown trout, bull head, rainbow trout

Special Regulations:

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.

Lake Eaton

Directions to Access Points

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue out of town for about a mile to the state campground on the left, access is within the campground. A day use fee will be required.

Shoreline Fishing

There is a ton of shoreline fishing which open until ice in. A day use fee will be required even for walk-ins if you want to fish from within the campground. However there is a trail that accesses the lake from the Owl's Head Mountain Trail or along a snowmobile trail off Route 30 that will give you shoreline fishing at different spots along most of the western shore of the lake, it will just be required that you do some hiking to access that part of the lake.

Boat access

The only motorboat access is from the state campground and that is only while the campground is open for the season, otherwise the gate will be closed. Fish the deep portions of the lake and fish deep for good smallmouth bass. The eastern shallows of a small bay near Beacher Park are a great location for rainbow trout.

Fish Species Types

Lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout

Special Regulations

A day-use fee will be required for Lake Eaton when the campground is open. Motorboat access will only be available when the campground is operating for the season.

Always Follow State fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
Also please refer to the state regulations and preventative measures in reagrds to Aquatic Invasive Species, boat wash facilities, and the new state law of "Clean, Drain, and Dry."