Ice Fishing in the Adirondacks
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Ice fishing essentials

The endless waterways of the Saranac Lake Region are prime real estate for the winter ice fishing season. Ideal for winter anglers, our deep, glacier-dug lakes shelter the fish.  

Experienced anglers down to novice and first timers will enjoy the abundant options for setting up the best ice fishing hole.

A hand line, some minnows, an auger, and a bucket is all that’s needed to get started. The hand line can be upgraded to a tip-up, the auger can be powered by a battery, and the upside-down bucket for sitting upon can be inside the shelter of a shanty. Warm boots, hat and gloves are a must in any case.

Get started with someone knowledgeable. Our local guides will be happy to pass on the tips and tricks for a great day on the ice. Local tournaments are another great way to get started, with new friends ready to share tips and techniques.

Ice Fishing Tips

Patience and strategy are key. That goes for more than the fishing!

Ice fishing seasons run November 15 - April 30 for species with no closed season or minimum length, and that’s a span with a lot of tricky weather at either end. For the big fish like northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge and walleye, the season shortens to end March 15.

The New York DEC, Region Five Fisheries, advises that a minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is usually safe for anglers on foot. Weather changes and the characteristics of the different bodies of water means snowmobile tracks or footprints cannot be used to gauge safe ice conditions. Special wariness is required in areas of moving water. Boat docks might have bubblers installed which reduces ice thickness and density.

Stay the night

Use our Book a Reservation tool to help you find the right lodging for your stay. If you've worked up an appetite check out the local fare, there are many great restaurants to choose from. 

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

An evening with Dan Berggren

What: Friends of BluSeed Studios present a benefit concert with Adirondack folk legend Dan Berggren.

When: Friday Sept. 22, 6 pm- Tapas & Cocktails....

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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Meet at Trudeau Institute, 154 Algonquin Avenue, for a tour of one of Saranac Lake's first cure cottages and to visit the statue of Dr. Trudeau. Meet at the sign by "Little Red...

Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Tour the studios and galleries of local artists

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Saturday, September 30th, 2017
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Tour the studios and galleries of local artists

June 30 and July 1-2 | July 28-29-30 | Aug. 25-26-27 | Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 | Oct. 27-28-29 | Nov. 24...

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