World class fishing

The sea-cret is out. The Lake Champlain Region is home to some of the best fishing around. From deep corners of Lake Champlain to secluded ponds to trout streams, wherever you choose to drop a line, there is a waterway ripe for whichever species you prefer to fish. You don’t want to be a fish out of water, so read on to learn all our region has to offer!

Lake Champlain is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country! Check out these numbers for a glimpse of why Lake Champlain's fishing opportunities are never-ending:

  • 500 miles of shoreline
  • Depths of up to 400 feet
  • 80 species of fish
  • 120 miles long
  • And 70 islands

Best in class for bass

Lake Champlain is consistently ranked by Bassmaster as one of the top bass fisheries in the nation for the scenery and quality of fishing — including ranking top 5 in the country! But if you speak with any of the pro anglers, they might give it first!

The best largemouth territory is roughly defined by the Champlain Bridge. The shallows south of the bridge are full of tournament winning bass. Launch your boat right in the middle of the action from either the Port Henry or Ticonderoga state launch sites. Rumor has it that 15 and 20 pounders are swimming around down there.

Big fish, small pond

While Lake Champlain is the most obvious spot on the map, don't overlook other hot spots, where the waters are smaller and quieter. We love to fish the Boquet River, LaChute River, Putt’s Creek, the Ausable River, and Ensign and Bartlett ponds in Moriah, and other smaller ponds and lakes with wild settings.

The tiger muskellunge of Lincoln Pond can be just as illusive as Lake Champlain's lake monster, Champ. They're a prize to catch too! From the shore, or from a boat, the smaller bodies of water in the Lake Champlain Region have rewarding fishing and a wide variety of species.

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Lord of the flies

You don’t need a boat to cast a line in the Lake Champlain Region! Sure, you can fish from shore at many of the lakes and ponds, but for a real adventure, don’t pass up an opportunity to drop a fly in the famous Boquet River. The trout fishing is exceptional, but the real excitement comes in the spring and fall, when landlocked salmon run.

The landlocked salmon have been here since the Ice Age, becoming trapped inland as the glaciers melted. The population has been thriving since then.

And that’s good for anglers! The best salmon fishing in the spring is below Willsboro with fall runs extending farther upriver.

 

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.

The Adirondacks are massive, legendary, and wild. Let's keep them that way! Learn your Leave No Trace ethics before you go out, and protect the waters that make this place great.

For anglers, that means taking care to not introduce harmful or non-native species to waters, packing out unused bait, and washing equipment between fishing trips.

Fishing in the Lake Champlain Region

The vast shorelines of Lake Champlain hold more than just the tales of Champ and incredibly vibrant communities like Essex, Port Henry, Fort Ticonderoga, and so many more!

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Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
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 great place for a paddle!
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Willsboro
Marina Road, Willsboro
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 a boat.
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville | (518) 597-4649
This tranquil pond is well sheltered and is a wonderful place to be when April 1 and fishing season comes.
Fishing
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville
Tanaher Pond, within the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, is a nice spot for paddling and fishing with calm, sheltered waters.
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Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
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 great place for a paddle!
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
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Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
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 great place for a paddle!
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
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Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 597-4649
The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this scenic, and tranquil, location.
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville
Mill and Murray Ponds are quiet, sheltered and calm waters that are great for paddling, fishing, and birding. 
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Campgrounds
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville
Tanaher Pond, within the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, is a nice spot for paddling and fishing with calm, sheltered waters.
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
This is the lower part of the river, downstream from the falls in Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop at the falls, the river slows down to make its way to Lake Champlain near Fort Ticonderoga. Getting There The canoe and kayak launch is across...
Fishing
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville
Mill and Murray Ponds are quiet, sheltered and calm waters that are great for paddling, fishing, and birding. 
Paddling
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville
Mill and Murray Ponds are quiet, sheltered and calm waters that are great for paddling, fishing, and birding. 
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Willsboro
County Highway 14A, Willsboro | (866) 843-5253
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.
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Fishing
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Willsboro
length of Essex County, Willsboro | (866) 843-5253
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 the town of Keene and flows through the towns of...
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Campgrounds
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
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Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Cross Country Skiing
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Westport
Westport
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 90 species of fish.
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Hiking
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Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville
Tanaher Pond, within the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, is a nice spot for paddling and fishing with calm, sheltered waters.
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Port Henry
Bulwagga Bay Dr, Port Henry
This lovely bay is rumored to be the home of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster because of the many "sightings." Talk about catching the big one!
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Boating
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Willsboro
Route 22, Willsboro | (518) 597-4649
The mountains look down on some incredible fishing in this scenic, and tranquil, location.
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Snowshoeing
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Ticonderoga
Montcalm St, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
This is the lower part of the river, downstream from the falls in Bicentennial Park. After the dramatic drop at the falls, the river slows down to make its way to Lake Champlain near Fort Ticonderoga. Getting There The canoe and kayak launch is across...
Paddling
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Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
Fishing
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
Putnam Pond Campground is perfect for every camping need. Its location near a wilderness area is prime for exploration, but the maintained facilities take away some of the backcountry stress.
Fishing
2669
Mineville
County Route 7, Mineville | (518) 597-4649
This tranquil pond is well sheltered and is a wonderful place to be when April 1 and fishing season comes.
Paddling
1868
Port Henry
POB 2326 Plattsburgh, Port Henry | (518) 569-5770
"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 pheasant hunts, fishing charters, bow-fishing trips, and ECO-To...
Guide Services
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Port Henry
POB 2326 Plattsburgh, Port Henry | (518) 569-5770
"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 pheasant hunts, fishing charters, bow-fishing trips, and ECO-To...
1074
Port Henry
POB 2326 Plattsburgh, Port Henry | (518) 569-5770
"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 pheasant hunts, fishing charters, bow-fishing trips, and ECO-To...
Fishing
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Lewis
Dixon Road, Lewis | (866) 843-5253
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 Branch of the Boquet River just south of Reber...
Fishing
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Paradox
Crane Pond Road, Paradox
A easy trail leads back to the beautiful Goose Pond in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. At 66-acres, Goose Pond isn't large, but it's deep waters offer anglers a chance to catch some really wild fish!
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