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
A man fishes from a kayak on an Adirondack lake.

Record breaking fish

Just beside the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain is home to some seriously big fish! In fact, the lake holds New York State records for several fish species.

Don't let the big lake fool you, it's not the only place to fish in this legendary region. The Champlain Valley is home to countless streams, rivers, and other lakes or ponds with fantastic fishing, and there's plenty of access to all of them! Check out our numerous boat launches or get an experienced guide to give you some local insight.

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!

A fisherman stands in a motorboat, reeling in a catch on Lake Champlain.

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.

A hand holds a trout above a net in the water
Get hooked on trout fishing

Lake Champlain also has plenty of territory for fish species that patrol deeper waters, most notably lake trout and landlocked salmon. As the water warms, these fish move to deeper water. Shoreline, dock, and pier fishermen often have success in very early spring, before the water warms up. During warm-water summer months, locals recommend you head north of Westport where the water deepens.

If this is unfamiliar territory, no worries. Hire a local guide to cut your learning curve, or launch your own boat in Westport, Willsboro, or Port Douglas. All three launches will get you to laker habitat quickly.

Aboard a fishing boat, a man displays his large catch on Lake Champlain.

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.

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.

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.

A person stands on the shore with their fishing rod in their hand facing towards the camera on the water

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.

Close up of the reel of a fly rod being held by a fisherman.

Learn more!

For more tips, suggestions, and true adventures of fishing in the Lake Champlain Region, explore these stories:

Five Fishing Facts

No Boat Needed Fishing

Bring the Boat!

Take time to explore

Put it all together and it's no surprise that anglers flock to the Lake Champlain Region each year. You'll want to spend more than a day checking out our wide variety of first-class fishing sites. When it's time to hang up the lucky hat at the end of the day, check out our fantastic lodging options.

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.

Legendary

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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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.
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (866) 843-5253
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 even consider a second carry to Rock Pond to the north.
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Willsboro
Marina Road, Willsboro
This lovely bay can offer a sheltered area when Lake Champlain is stirred up by wind. Marina, rentals. Boat lauch site, County Route 27, east side, with a hard-surface ramp and room for 100 cars and trailers, with pump-out. Species: bluegill, bowfin...
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2740
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
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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. This branch, although it may get less fishing pressure than the...
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Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
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2716
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
Paddling
1797
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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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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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!
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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
1862
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
1862
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
1862
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
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1797
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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2741
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.
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1862
Elizabethtown
Footbridge Park, Elizabethtown | (866) 843-5253
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.
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1788
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Cross Country Skiing
2716
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Campgrounds
2716
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
Eagle Lake is a beautiful spot that sits right alongside Route 74 between Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake.
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1795
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
Fishing
1797
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Fishing
1862
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
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1797
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
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1797
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (866) 843-5253
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 Essex County Fish Hatchery.
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Port Henry
35 dock street, Port Henry | (866) 843-5253
Mill Brook is listed one of the top brown trout waters in Essex County by the New York State Department of Conservation.
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1789
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (866) 843-5253
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 even consider a second carry to Rock Pond to the north.
Fishing
1790
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Hiking
2716
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
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
1795
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
1862
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
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
1795
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Snowshoeing
2716
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
1795
Elizabethtown
4363 Lincoln Pond Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 942-5292
Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 9N in Elizabethtown follow Route 9N toward Westport. Continue for just under a mile to Lincoln Pond Road on the right. Follow here to Lincoln Pond and the State Campground...
Paddling
1797
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
These two ponds are connected by a set of narrows; both are great for fishing.
Paddling
1862
Lewis
State Route 9, Lewis | (866) 843-5253
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.
Fishing
1787
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Hiking
2716
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Paddling
2716
Ticonderoga
County Highway 74, Ticonderoga | (866) 843-5253
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, with between 300 and 400 yearling brook trout each year...
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1785
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Campgrounds
2716
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
1795
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Paddling
2716
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...
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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...
Guide Services
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
1074
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...
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Crown Point
286 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3645
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2376
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Port Henry
4133 Main Street, Port Henry | (518) 546-3622
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