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.

 

Streamside Outfitters

Fly fishing floats on the lower and upper Hudson River, middle and upper Schroon River, Alligator Pond and Thirteenth Lake with a local guide. Gear available; lunch and snacks are provided. Enjoy an evening Float on Thirteenth Lake and Alligator Pond. We also offer fall hunting.

Glen Lake

Glen Lake

Canoe, kayak, and ice fish on Glen Lake! Discover Glen Lake, a small body of water in Queensbury that's perfect for a canoe or kayak paddle or a day of ice fishing!

Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters

Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters

Land a few keepers with Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters! Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters is a fishing charter specializing in landing lake trout, land-locked salmon, and bass on Lake George. Jeffrey Johnson - also known as JJ - is an experienced, professional New York State licensed guide.

E & R Sport Fishing Charters

Spend a day or two fishing with Rob Brileya a USCG Licensed Captain and New York State Guide with over 30 years of experience. We will give you a great day on the lake aboard our fully equipped 26-foot Pen Yan fishing machine. Choose your charter - full day, half day or evening. We specialize in big fish and a fun day on the water - we supply all bait and tackle and we clean and package your catch. Looking for a place to stay, we can help you, ask us.

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.

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).

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.

Brant Lake

A low-key getaway for locals and seasonal residents. Here you'll find a few different areas to launch a canoe or kayak, as well as some public shoreline to drop a line. Expect trout in the cooler months, while bass season heats up in the summer.

Mill Creek Recreation Area

Picnic, fish, day use area on Mill Creek.

Pharoah Lake Wilderness

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Explore the Adirondack wilderness around Pharaoh Lake! 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. These trails are great for snowshoeing.

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.

Risky Business Fishing Charters

Risky Business Fishing Charters

Catch the fish of a lifetime with Risky Business Fishing Charters! Risky Business Fishing Charters offers guided fishing on beautiful Lake George. Join Captain Gary Smith, a New York State licensed guide, aboard his fully-equipped, all-weather fishing boat. All sport fishing equipment is provided.