Best Places to Fish

We all know that avid fishermen are notoriously tight-lipped about their fishing spots. So much so that when I asked around about favorites, the most useful response I got was "on the water!" So instead of revealing someone's big secrets, I'll tell you about a few I already know about!

South Pond - Long Lake
Fishing in Hamilton County

South Pond is a great location if you're looking for an easy spot to walk in and do some shoreline fishing. Here you can fish for brook trout, small mouth bass, and pan fish. To get to this spot, all you have to do is follow Route 28 North/30 from Long Lake south toward Blue Mountain Lake. Once you see North Point Road on your left, go another 2 miles and you'll see a parking area. South Pond is located right behind the parking area, which is also a great spot for a picnic.

Lake Pleasant/Sacandaga Lake - Speculator
Paddling in Hamilton County

Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga Lake are two bodies that are connected by a short outlet, and if you're looking for somewhere to paddle and do some fishing, this is a great place to do both! Both lakes are stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Sacandaga Lake can be accessed by Moffitt Beach State Campground, a very popular place in the area to have a campout. If you aren't staying here, a day use pass may be required to access the lake. Lake Pleasant, however, has a small, free, hand launch located on the north end of the lake near Speculator Pavilion and the public beach. 

Cedar River from Gooley Club Road - Indian Lake 
Hamilton County Fishing

There is no boat access to this area, but the access to the Cedar River from Gooley Club Road is now on state land and is open to the public. This is a great spot for fly fishing, but get ready for a little bit of a hike. The easy walk in is about 3.5 miles along the forest road from the outer gate. Once you get to the river, there is ample opportunity to fish for brown trout.

Brook Trout Lake - Inlet
Hamilton County Fishing

If you're looking for a more intense hike to a fishing location, head to Brook Trout Lake in the Moose River Plains Recreation Area. The trail is a 13-mile drive from the Limekiln entrance to the Moose River Plains area. Once at the trailhead, it is approximately a 6 mile hike the rest of the way in. This hike is only recommended for experienced hikers, and make sure to let someone know where you're going. Native brook trout can be found here. The Moose River Plains area is full of places to fish, so grab a map of the area from the Inlet information office. 

Fishing is a great past time for all, young and old, solo, or with family. Be sure to follow all local regulations and respect the land and wildlife. Before you head out, get fishing licenses for all members of your party over sixteen years old. All the gear you need can be found at Tanner's Outdoor Sports, Inlet Department Store, Hoss's Country Corner, Pine's Country Store and so many more places in the area! Don't forget to think about lodging and dining options, too!

 

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