This is a New York State DEC campground. The fishing from the lake front sites in Eighth Lake Campground has always been good, and there's even a small boat launch where one could troll for lake trout. This spot allows access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes. There's also a nice, short fishing dock that extends into Seventh Lake, where fishing in the evenings is better. 

Location: From Downtown Inlet, drive 5 miles to the Eighth Lake State Campground on the left. A day use or camping fee will be required.

Raquette Lake | Fishing

Directions to Access Points

There are several locations to access Raquette Lake. Golden Beach State Campground off Route 28, South Bay off Route 28, Outlet Bay off North Point Road which can be accessed from the Hamlet of Long Lake.

Shoreline Fishing

Shore fishing can be enjoyed in several locations along the south shore, at the north end in Outlet Bay. Shoreline fishing also within the Golden Beach Campground.

Boat access

Only one has a decent boat launch site at that is Golden Beach State Campground off Route 28. There is a day use fee. You also have the option of launching in the Hamlet of Raquette Lake at a private marina, fees may apply. The best way to access the bass fishing is from boat. The bass hang out in the shallows but also in the deep holes. There is cartop access in Outlet Bay, South Bay and in the Hamlet of Raquette Lake as well.

Fish Species Types

Lake trout, brook trout, bass, panfish, perch, bullhead

Special Regulations

Day use fees will apply at the Golden Beach 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."

Blue Mountain Lake | Fishing

Directions to Access Points:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue for 0.25 miles to the public beach on the right for canoe/kayak launch. For motorboat launching you will need to use the local marina a bit further up Route 28 (fees may apply).

Shoreline Fishing:

Limited to near town beach area or off the Castle Rock Trail on the north side. On the north side would require a hike of around 1-mile to a limited access corridor. Shore fishing is not the best of options.

Boat access:

Car-top boat access near the town beach is the only access point to launch a canoe or kayak. To launch a motor boat there is a private marina but fees will be required to launch. Fishing from a boat is really the only good option. Smallmouth bass seems to be the best fish for the waters and are most abundant around the islands. If you are I search of rainbow trout you will need to be near the out by Eagle Lake or near the inlets of the small streams and brooks where the water is cooler.

Fish Species Types:

Lake Trout, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon

Special Regulations:

Much of the shore is private property, please respect.

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.

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."