One of the first to freeze is located what is generally regarded as the coldest spot in the state, and Lake Colby also offers great fishing – a bonus for those who live for the hard water. And once this lake buttons up – sometimes as early as mid-December – you can count on it until March, if not later.
Located along Route 86 just outside the village of Saranac Lake, the 272-acre water is home to many species, but the winter crowd is no doubt looking for landlocked salmon. They are stocked, along with brown and rainbow trout, each year by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Other species found in Lake Colby include: smallmouth and largemouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish, and bullhead.
Access is via the Lake Colby public beach right along Rt. 86. A 10 horsepower motor limit is also in effect during the open water season. Also, check your fishing regulations before heading out, as this is a special regulations ice fishing water for bass, landlocks and lake trout.