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.

 

Visit Adirondacks Fishing Guide

Visit Adirondacks Fishing Guide

Don't fish in the Adirondacks without the Visit Adirondacks Fishing Guide! The Visit Adirondacks Fishing Guide, also known as Adirondack Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams, includes maps and tips on every species that can be caught in the Adirondacks. Download this and other guides!

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.

Gurney Lane

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A four-season recreation park in Queensbury.

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.

Beach Road Bait & Tackle

Our experience staff - we are all fishermen - will gladly provide free advice to make your fishing day a good one. We have bait, camping gear, beach gear, seasonal bicycle rentals, and ice. Also available the Lake George Park Commission Boating permits and New York State Fishing and Hunting licenses.

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).

Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park

Enjoy the Hudson in Queensbury at Hudson River Park! Hudson River Park is a 44 acre park offering access to a six mile stretch of the Hudson River. It's perfect for all manner of water activities. The park has a boat launch, playground, basketball court, softball field, picnic shelter, two pickleball courts, restrooms, and more!