Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing in the Adirondacks

Winter is the time to fish

Ice Fishing in the Adirondacks

As snow blankets the Adirondacks in white and cold temperatures creep across our deep lakes – the landscape is transformed into a frozen winter wonderland. Entire ice fishing communities pop up on lakes, rivers and ponds – a sure sign that the fish are biting!

Enjoy fishing in Adirondacks year-round

From mid-November through mid-March, fish for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye on our frozen waterways. Two types of fishing lines are allowed on most of our Adirondacks lakes: hand lines and tip-ups. Through April 30, fish for several species of Adirondack fish, including Bass, Trout, Landlocked Salmon and Crappie. Ice fishing is permitted on most lakes and rivers, with the exception of Indian River. Licensed guides offer added insight for the best fishing spots throughout the region.
Additional ice fishing species include:

  • Yellow Perch
  • Splake
  • Rock bass
  • Largemouth bass
  • Lake Trout
  • Carp

The New York State Department of Conservation does enforce special regulations for ice fishing on 13 of Hamilton County's waterways, including:

  • Blue Mountain Lake
  • Forked Lake
  • Fourth Lake
  • Indian Lake
  • Lake Abanakee
  • Raquette Lake

Be the first one at the lake with a cold-weather Adirondack camping experience. For a complete list of fishing regulations and regulatory waterways, log onto www.dec.ny.gov. 

Drop a line and enjoy an ice-fishing expedition in the Adirondacks!

Park This large picnic area is on the shore of Fourth Lake Fishing There are some feed weed beds for fishing northern pike, tiger...
Petrie Road
Inlet
13360
Fishing You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch. There's splake and brown trout for the...
Limekiln Road
Inlet
13360
A unique heritage strain of wild brook trout are found in Little Tupper Lake and Rock Pond. These waters provide wilderness fishing...
William C. Whitney Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a bit...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
Fishing Piseco is popular among fisher-folk for lake trout and land-locked salmon. It also has a solid population of whitefish....
Old Piseco Road
Piseco
12139
Fishing Directions to Access Points From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
This trail is located in the Great Eight Lakes area. It is an easy to moderate, 1.2-mile hike to Windfall Pond. If you choose to...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for...
Route 28
Inlet
13360

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