With more than 400 square miles of surface area, 70 islands, and 120 miles of trolling possibilities, anglers visiting the Lake Champlain Region will never get bored with the possibilities on Lake Champlain itself. Not only do they have to grapple with which section of water they want to hit, they also have to decide which species to target; the options are never-ending! Flanked to the west by the Adirondack Mountains of New York and to the east by the Green Mountains of Vermont, Lake Champlain holds numerous state records for many species. Thanks to a reciprocal license agreement between the states, anglers needn't worry about state lines beneath the waves in the main or south regions of the lake, which are below the Lake Champlain Bridge. The Region is also home to many streams, rivers, and other lakes or ponds that are excellent for fishing.

Lake Champlain is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States. Pick up a copy of the latest NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Official Regulations Guide at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center, or where you purchase your New York state fishing license.

More than a dozen state or municipally owned boat launches are ready and waiting to get anyone in the water and provide ample parking for vehicles. Hard surface boat ramps make for easy lake access. For anyone who wants to give fishing a try, experienced guides are available to introduce techniques and provide all of the appropriate tackle.

First class for bass

The Bassmaster Tournament Series consistently ranks Lake Champlain in its top 100 bass fisheries, where quantity, quality, and even scenery are important factors. In fact, Lake Champlain has ranked in the top 25 several times, and was even awarded the number 5 rank in 2012. But if you speak with any of the pro anglers, you may find an even higher ranking.

Whether it's smallmouth or largemouth bass you're after, Lake Champlain has an abundance of both. The bass fishing here is excellent! The central and southern portions of Lake Champlain are known as bass country. That's why you can’t gaze across the water without noticing the generous peppering of bass boats during tournaments. Pro anglers recognize that the dense plant beds and rocky drop-offs here are the perfect habitat for the coveted fish.

The Bassmaster Tournament Series hosts several Pro/Am events on Lake Champlain throughout the year, but casual fishermen and women also have ample opportunity to reel in their fair share of largemouth and smallmouth bass — along with dozens of other fish variations — by land or by boat.

Get hooked on trout fishing

Lake Champlain boasts excellent lake trout and landlocked salmon fishing. With cooler water temperatures in early spring and late fall, you may find them anywhere in the main lake, from Plattsburgh south to Willsboro. Shoreline, dock, and pier fishermen often have success in very early spring after the ice is out. During warm-water summer months, experts recommend you find them below 35 feet down and most often north of Westport, where the water is deeper.

For stream fisherman looking for the other trout species, the region's numerous streams are stocked with brook, brown, and rainbow trout by both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Essex County Fish Hatchery. Many waterways in the region also hold wild trout, adding to the challenge.

While Lake Champlain jumps off of the map, we never overlook other hot spots like the Boquet River, the LaChute River, Putt’s Creek, the Ausable River, and Ensign and Bartlett ponds in Moriah, among others.

Local fishing guides

Our local bait and tackle shops are ready and willing to help anyone see the action. Stop by and discuss your target species for the insider’s scoop, the best bait or lure, and some target locations for that particular fish. Here you may find many local sport fishermen sharing stories and acting as ambassadors of the sport. Or, if you really want to accelerate the learning curve, you can connect with one of our experienced fishing guides. They'll point you to the right spots, tell you which lure or bait to use, and you'll have great fishing your entire stay.

Take time to explore

Put it all together and it's no surprise that fishermen and women flock to the Lake Champlain Region each year. You'll want to spend more than a day checking out our wide variety and first-class fishing sites, and we have plenty of places to hang your fishing hat at the end of the day.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Russett Pond


Getting there: From the intersection of County Route 6 and 7 in Mineville, follow County Route 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for about 3.5 miles to a fairly large dirt pull...

County Route 7, Mineville, 12956
Thrall Dam Pond

It may not look like much on the map, but Thrall Dam Pond is a nice little getaway for anglers looking for brook trout close to town. Located just south of the town of Lewis, Thrall Dam is stocked...

State Route 9, Lewis, 12950
La Chute River


This is the lower part of the river, downstream from the beautiful falls in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop at the falls, the river slows down to make...

Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, 12883
Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake. Visitors can boat, paddle, fish, and even camp at this scenic spot. It is approximately 420-...

Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Black River

Another of those Adirondack brook trout streams that flies under the radar, the Black River receives a good stocking from both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the...

4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Crane Pond

Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 

How to get there

Take Route 74 from Ticonderoga to Route 9. Follow Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a...

763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Putnam Pond State Campground


Large, well-forested campsites with lots of privacy. This is a key start-off point for hiking in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area.

Choose from interior site camping, which...

763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Mill and Murray Ponds


How to Get There: From the intersection of County Route 6 and 7 in Mineville, follow County Route 7 toward Elizabethtown. Continue for about 3 miles to a faint dirt access road...

County Route 7, Mineville, 12956
Lake Champlain, the lake

Lake Champlain is our own Great Lake: it borders two countries, two states, is 122 miles long, has hundreds miles of shoreline, and is home to over 80 species of fish. It is a four-season...

Rte 22, Westport, 12993
Chilson Brook

Just west of the town of Ticonderoga, Chilson Brook is one of those small Adirondack brook trout streams that can easily be overlooked. The state stocks the stream, a tributary of Trout Brook,...

County Highway 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
Putts Creek


This stream boasts great rainbow, brook and brown trout.

Beginning at Penfield Pond in the hamlet of Ironville within the Town of Crown Point, Putts Creek empties into Lake...

County Route 2, Crown Point, 12928
Bulwagga Bay

This lovely bay is rumored to be the home of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster because of the many "...

Bulwagga Bay Dr, Port Henry, 12974
Mill Brook

Mill Brook is listed one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Conservation. Beginning at Lake Champlain, the brook winds its way back through Port...

Route 22, Port Henry, 12974
Clear Pond

Clear Pond is as quiet a pond as you will find anywhere, and although many hikers use the trails surrounding the pond, very few access it by boat. Use the area trails to extend your adventure, and...

763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Willsboro Bay

This lovely bay can offer a sheltered area when Lake Champlain is stirred up by wind. A marina with rentals is located on the shore for those who want to get out and fish the center but do not own...

Marina Road, Willsboro, 12996
Boquet River Main Stem

The Main Stem of the Boquet, the steepest river in New York state in terms of vertical drop from its origins to where it empties into Lake Champlain, begins in the upper reaches of Dix Mountain in...

length of Essex County, Willsboro, 12996
Putnam Pond and North Pond

Several trails can be accessed from the shore of the ponds including Treadway Mountain, which is a wonderful hike with outstanding views.

Ice fishing

Popular with ice anglers. The...

Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Spruce Mill Brook

Spruce Mill Brook is a major tributary to the Boquet River and features stocked brook and brown trout. The brook begins as a series of small feeder streams in the town of Lewis and joins the North...

Dixon Road, Lewis, 12950
Tanaher Pond


From the parking area there is a short carry to the south to access the pond. The outlet between Tanaher and Mill ponds is too shallow and small to float a canoe or kayak. The...

County Route 7, Mineville, 12956
Long Pond

The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this most scenic, and tranquil, location.

Size: 400 acres.

Species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch...

Route 22, Willsboro, 12996
Boquet River North Branch

One of the major tributaries to the Boquet River, the North Branch flows through the towns of Willsboro and Lewis. It begins in small mountain tributaries in the town of Chesterfield. This branch...

County Highway 14A, Willsboro, 12996
The Branch

Simply known as “The Branch,” this tributary of the Boquet River winds its way through the town of Elizabethtown and offers good access for anglers in town. The stream has its beginnings on...

Footbridge Park, Elizabethtown, 12932
Lincoln Pond

Lincoln Pond is a great fishing spot in the Lake Champlain Region! Cast a line and catch tiger muskellunge, northern pike, bass, panfish, or bullhead. If fishing isn't your thing, it's also a...

4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Eastern View Outfitters

“Success afield is our business.” Eastern View Outfitters, LLC is a fully licensed and insured outdoor guide service specializing in guided duck & goose hunts, spring turkey hunts, guided...

POB 2326
Plattsburgh, Port Henry, 12974
Norm's Bait & Tackle
286 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
F.M.B. Bait and Tackle
4133 Main Street, Port Henry, 12974
Fins and Grins

Join Captain Bob for world class fishing on Lake Champlain this summer! Specializing in salmon and trout fishing charters, Captain Bob has decades of experience and is an active member of the...

23 Lakeshore Road, Westport, 12993