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. Let us be more clear: 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. Sound good to you? Sounds good to us!

If you're unsure where to get started, talk to someone knowledgeable. Our local guides will be happy to pass on the tips and tricks for a great day on the ice. The Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby is another great way to get started.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge

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.


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(518) 891-1829
1179 NYS Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Wiley's Flies is located in the heart of the Adirondacks in Ray Brook, NY right in the middle of Lake Placid and Sara
(315) 283-8871
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
UGS is a full-time, licensed, and professional guide service that has been providing safe, enjoyable, and successful
Lake Colby is one of the most frequented -- and reliable -- ice fishing locations in and around Saranac Lake.
Brighton, NY 12970
Jones Pond is a popular fishing, paddling, and camping destination.
A pond surrounded by bright green pine trees
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Hit the hard water here at Stony Creek Ponds! Maybe you'll find an elusive walleye.
Ice Fishing The Lowdown
Ice Fishing The Lowdown
Brighton, NY 12970
Osgood Pond, located near the Paul Smith's
An old tea house on a narrow strip of land in a pond
Ice Fishing The Lowdown
Ice Fishing The Lowdown