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.

 

Peggy's Point

This beautiful park with 315 feet of Lake George shoreline was donated to the Lake George Land Conservancy in 2005 by Margaret "Peggy" A. Darrin. This is a great spot for fishing in Lake George, picnicking on the grass, or simply wandering outdoors. Sprawling lawns make the park an excellent place to relax in the sun. Towering birches and a gazebo offer plenty of shade for young visitors.

Jeff's Lake George Fishing Charter Service

Fishing on Lake George for lake trout, salmon, and bass; all on the same trip. 2, 4 or 6 hour charters; 3 hour bass trip. Children always welcome, 2 hour children's special hands-on learning casting and baiting. South and North basin fishing on request. All bait and tackle is provided. Ice fishing for perch, pike and trout; heated shanty, snowmobile rides; weather permitting.

Beach Road Bait & Tackle

Offering bait, camping gear, beach gear and seasonal bicycle rentals. Also NYS Fishing and Hunting licenses.

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Region

This 46,283-acre wilderness includes an abundance of lakes, ponds, streams, mountains, and hiking trails that are open to the public. The over 70 miles of hiking trails range from easy to difficult. Pharaoh Mountain, the highest mountain in the preserve, is found on the shores of Pharaoh Lake, the largest lake in the preserve.

Risky Business Fishing Charters

Fishing guide and charters on Lake George, New York State Licensed Guide. Fully equipped all weather fishing boat. A sun deck for relaxing, swimming platform, large cabin to get out of the weather and take a break from the sun or cold. All sport fishing equipment provided.

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.

Beaver Brook Outfitters

Ride the Hudson or Sacandaga with Beaver Brook Outfitters! Beaver Brook Outfitters will provide you with family adventure, fun, and a lifetime of memories. Join us and raft the Hudson River Gorge, 17-miles of class III to IV whitewater with beautiful Adirondack scenery. Our experienced rafting guides will help you enjoy your best rafting experience yet! We also offer rafting on the Sacandaga River, 3.5-miles of class II to II whitewater.

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.

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.

Adirondack Backcountry Adventures

Specializing in fishing remote ponds using pack boats and wilderness navigation, we also offer fishing, hiking, hunting, camping, and paddling trips customized to make the perfect experience for you. Contact us today to book your next adventure on the path less traveled!

Mill Creek Recreation Area

Picnic, fish, day use area on Mill Creek.

Hudson River in North River & North Creek

Though sought after by advanced fly fishermen, these fast waters also offer quieter respite along various shoreline breaks of water. Expect all varieties of trout and some smallmouth bass in shallower, clear water with a rocky bottom. If you're here in the warmer months, you'll find your share of whitewater enthusiasts (rafts, kayaks, tubes).