Fishing is a pinnacle of the Original Vacation. The Lake George Area’s dynamic lakes and miles of streams and rivers are teeming with a variety of fish almost begging to be caught. Cast for a few solitary moments from shore or devote a day to landing a legend by boat. Add the beautiful Adirondacks into the tackle box and it’s easy to see why you have to fish these waters.

An Angler's Paradise

The Lake George Area’s bottomless lakes, wide-open rivers, and backwoods streams are an angler’s paradise. Hit the hotspots of Lake George, a unique two-story fishery, where you can sink a lure to the bottom to try and catch a lunker or cast around underwater ledges for peppy bass. Take your gear to one of the region’s smaller lakes for some quiet fishing in the lesser-traveled foothills of the Adirondacks. Find your out-of-the-way bend in a stream or river and breathe in the Adirondack solitude. You can catch gigantic lake trout and landlocked salmon, feisty small and large mouth bass, and buckets of perch any time of the year.

When the weather gets cold and the waterways freeze ice fishing season heats up in the Lake George Area. As soon as the ice is safe to walk on you can haul your auger out and set your tips-ups. Want to go fishing but not sure where to start? Contact an experienced fishing guide for expert advice on everything from baiting your hook to jigging technique. Are you more of an expert angler? The Lake George Area offers fishing derbies year round to keep your line in the water throughout any season. 

Boat Inspections

From May 1st to October 31st, all trailered boats being launched into Lake George must undergo a boat inspection at one of the seven regional inspection stations around Lake George before they launch. To save time during your visit to Lake George, ensure you review our list of boat inspection locations before arriving.

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Conserving, improving and protecting New York's natural resources and environment. Site includes information on outdoor recreation, lands and waters, licenses and permits and much more.

Hooker Charters

Hooker Charters

Land a keeper on Lake George with Hooker Charters! Join Hooker Charters and Captain Jason Carden aboard his 32-foot Suntracker Partycruiser pontoon boat. Jason is a New York State licensed guide and has 16 years of experience chartering fishing boats on Lake George.

Loon Lake Public Beach

Loon Lake Public Beach

Cool off in Loon Lake at the public beach! Loon Lake Town Beach is a well-maintained, recently-renovated sand beach with a small swimming area. The shallow and deep zones are marked and a raft floats in the deep section. There are also benches, a grassy picnic area, and small boat launch for non-motorized vessels.

Lake George Fishing Alliance

Volunteers dedicated to conserve, restore, and manage the game, fish, and other wildlife and its habitat in the Lake George watershed and its environs. Preserving and improving Lake George fisheries for the enhancement of fishing for all.

Austin Charters

Austin Charters

Make lifelong fishing memories with Austin Charters! Austin Charters, based out of Fischer's Marina on Lake George, provides fishing charters to new and experienced anglers. Captain Rick Austin, a New York State licensed guide with 40 years of experience, aims to create lifelong memories.

Lake George Boat Inspection

The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that boats and trailers are clean, drained and dry, and are harboring no invasive species. Our goal is to keep Lake George clean for the future so that we can all enjoy this lake in its current high-quality state for generations to come. There is no cost to boaters for these inspections, or the washing of the boat and trailer if determined necessary by an inspection technician.

Justy Joe Charters

We offer exciting sportfishing charters on beautiful Lake George. Fishing fun for all ages.

Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service

Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service

Explore the outdoors with Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service! Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service is a four-season, fully-licensed guide service offering hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing throughout the Adirondacks. We have been guiding folks like you through the mountains, lakes, rivers and streams for over 25 years.

Lake Luzerne

Just over the mountain from Queensbury (Rt. 9N), Lake Luzerne is a quiet, less populated lake. It also boasts a couple beaches and a public boat launch, walkable shoreline, and gorgeous Adirondack scenery. Expect an abundance of bass, perch, and panfish.

Adirondack Trout & Salmon

Adirondack Trout & Salmon

Go on a fly fishing adventure with Adirondack Trout & Salmon! Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced angler, spend a day with Adirondack Trout & Salmon and learn more about how to fish for trophies in the pristine Adirondack Mountains. We welcome both beginners and advanced anglers. Tom Horgan is a New York State licensed guide.

Schroon River

Make the drive to exit 24 off I-87 in Bolton. Venture to the public fishing areas dotting each side of the Schroon River, a classic Adirondack river, its cool, swift waters teeming with all varieties of trout, as well as some smallmouth bass and perch. Be aware of the water levels here as they can vary greatly with the weather.

Ice Fishing Season

Season runs November 15th through April 30th for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge, walleye. Verify all regulations for ice fishing ponds, lakes, rivers, streams.