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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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