Where to Fish in Saranac Lake

Whether you're pursuing trout, landlocked salmon, or warm-water species such as bass, pike, and panfish, there's water for every kind of angler in the Saranac Lake region.

The fish are right here, literally.

Lakes, Rivers & Streams for Fishing in Saranac Lake

You don't have to look far: right through the village runs the Saranac River, an outstanding trout water that winds its way to the north and east.

And don’t overlook the sprawling, scenic Saranac Lake Chain of Upper, Middle and Lower, as well as Lake Flower (with a boat launch right in the village), Kiwassa and Oseetah lakes. Depending on what water you hit, you'll find trout, bass, northern pike and panfish in the Adirondacks – sometimes all in the same day if you include tactics for each species. Why not?!

But wait there’s more!

A few more suggestions not to miss out on:

  • Lake Clear - close to Saranac Lake and paved roads – and known to yield landlocked salmon, northern pike and lake trout.
  • Moose Pond, known for it’s scenery and more importantly - salmonids and warmwater species like bass.
  • Osgood Pond, a great location for bass, pike, and perch.
  • Black Pond, a fine brook trout water tight to Paul Smiths.
  • And the two St. Regis Lakes – Upper and Lower – known for their outstanding fishing in breathtaking surroundings.

Adirondack Backwoods Fishing

The Saranac Lake region offers, too, the kind of backwoods fishing experience visitors to the Adirondacks often envision. You can plunge into the St. Regis Canoe Area, a maze of paddling and camping opportunities on numerous ponds holding colorful – and hungry – brook trout, lake trout and splake.

Fishing Trips in the Adirondacks

You can stay at one of the region's many fine lodging properties, or base your fishing trip at a campground around Saranac Lake, such as the popular Fish Creek area.

And if you want to accelerate the learning curve on the region's fine fishing, one of our legendary Adirondack guides can help you do just that, putting you onto fish early and often and setting the stage for a great trip the rest of the time you're here.

Long Pond

Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of state Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake, follow state Route 86 toward...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Lake Flower

When they say Saranac Lake is the nearest town to Lake Flower, they aren’t kidding. You’ll find the state boat launch right on Route 86 in...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Little Long Pond

Unlike the usual naming structure, Little Long Lake is not anywhere near Long Lake. While this is a remote spot and requires lugging in a (...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Kit Fox Pond

Brook trout is the attraction of this delightful little pond, a little under ten acres of clear water. So clear, in fact, that the trout...
Location: Lake Clear, New York
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Mountain Pond

This pond is a designated trout pond, for brook trout, brown trout, and bullhead. Artificial lures only. It has excellent shoreline...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Horseshoe Pond

You’ll find brookies and rainbows in Horseshoe Pond. This 85-acre lake features 2.5 miles of shoreline shaped, not surprisingly, like...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Raquette Pond | Fishing

Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Piercefield. Just about a...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York
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Black Pond

Reclaimed in 1997, this 73-acre pond is home to the brook trout, a wild population that is augmented by stocks by the New York State...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Moose Pond

Waterbody: Moose Pond Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake, follow Route 3 toward...
Location: Bloomingdale, New York
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Lake Clear

If the lake is the namesake of one of the most popular fishing lures, then you can bet it’s a good place to wet a line. Lake Clear not only...
Location: Lake Clear, New York
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Franklin Falls Flow

This impoundment of the Saranac River offers a wide variety of species. The 455-acre lake features an irregular shoreline with numerous...
Location: Bloomingdale, New York
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Upper St. Regis Lake

Part of the St. Regis River chain, and its largest body of water, this popular spot has plenty of nooks and crannies for the crafty angler...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Ledge Pond

Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of routes 3 and 86 in Saranac Lake, follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. ...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Rat Pond

Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Osgood Pond and Osgood River | Fishing

The eagle nests throughout the area means good fishing. Watch for blowdowns and low bridges that can block a larger boat and need to...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Lake Kushaqua

We're talking landlocked salmon! And lots of other kinds of fish. Kind of a secret. Shhhhh... Over 300 acres with lots more in...
Location: Onchiota, New York
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Hoel Pond

If you’re looking for landlocked salmon, Hoel Pond is the place to go. Summer’s hotter temps will send them into the deeper water (the pond...
Location: Tupper Lake, New York
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Sumner Brook

A lovely place to flyfish. Sumner Brook is stocked with brown trout every spring. There are two access points along Oregon Plains...
Location: Bloomingdale, New York
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Spitfire Lake

This is the "little" one of the St. Regis River chain, but that still leaves two hundred and sixty acres to explore. Average...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Little Black Pond

Location: Onchiota, New York
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Little Colby Pond

Waterbody: Little Colby Pond Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake, follow Route 3...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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St Regis Pond - fishing

Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Simon Pond | Fishing

Situated just south of the village of Tupper Lake, Simon Pond is essentially a flood plain of the meandering 146-mile-long Raquette River....
Location: Tupper Lake, New York
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Upper Saranac Lake

Upper Saranac Lake, while it may look like big water, has plenty of bays and inlets where you’ll find some solitude – and fish...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Whey Pond

Whey Pond is a reclaimed trout pond, stocked with over a thousand rainbow trout each spring. There's also brook trouth and brown...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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McCauley Pond

Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue to...
Location: Lake Clear, New York
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Pink Ponds

Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of state Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake, follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths....
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Lower St. Regis Lake

A lovely part of the St. Regis River chain, which also includes Upper St. Regis Lake and Spitfire Lake. It covers 350 acres, with an...
Location: Paul Smiths, New York
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Middle Saranac Lake

Known as one of the best area lakes for smallmouth bass, you’ll usually find them in the 2- to 4-pound range, but there are even larger...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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Echo Pond

A nice combination of deep in the wilderness and easy access. Size: 16 acres Species: Stocked with Brook trout, also Splake (Brook trout x...
Location: Saranac Lake, New York
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