Adirondack Fishing: What’s The Catch?


The Adirondacks are home to abundant wildlife above and below the surface. Great for beginners and experts alike, there are endless fishing spots and species for you to catch. Orenda is the perfect basecamp to get experienced with Adirondack fishing and enjoy the serenity that comes with being on the water. Check out just a few of the types of fish you can expect to find below, and plan your getaway with Orenda today.

Brown, Brook, & Rainbow Trout

Trout occupy thousands of miles of waterways throughout the Adirondacks. While the best time to catch trout is in the late spring/early summer you can find trout through the later months of summer. Whether you like fishing in lakes, rivers, or smaller streams you are sure to find some type of trout during your outing. This local favorite also makes for a great tasting, healthy meal afterwards. Learn a little more about the species and New York State regulations around them by clicking here.

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass

Perhaps one of the most common species you’ll find in the Adirondacks are Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. Head out onto larger lakes such as Lake George, Brant Lake, or Schroon Lake to catch one of these Adirondack treasures. Larger lakes such as these represent excellent habitats due to their weedy shorelines, shoals, and bays. Adirondack fishing isn’t complete without catching some bass!


Let’s take a look at one of the most desirable sport fish in the Adirondacks, the Walleye. This large member of the perch family can grow to be quite large which creates a challenge in catching them. Even more, if you’re lucky enough to catch one these fish make a great tasting meal. The Walleye is truly a marvel of Adirondack fishing.

Northern Pike

For you lake fisherman and women, be on the look out for Northern Pike. These trophy fish occupy many of the larger lakes in the Adirondacks such as Tupper Lake, Schroon Lake, and Lake George. If you’re really looking for an impressive feat, head out on the search for these as they can grow up to 20 pounds!

Chain Pickerel

If you’re in shallower, weedy waters then you’re bound to hook some Chain Pickerel. They are found across many bodies of water in the Adirondacks, but can also be found in many of the larger bodies of water like Brant Lake, Lake Champlain, and the Black River. Be careful however, this tooth-filled species will cut your line if don’t use a steel or metal leader.

Tiger Muskellunge

Maybe a lesser know species is the Tiger Muskellunge. This is a cross between Northern Pike and Muskellunge which the DEC actually raises and stocks bodies of water with. These long but thin fish occupy much of the Old Forge region which includes First, Second, Third and Fourth Lakes of the Fulton Chain.

Now you know what Adirondack fishing is all about! Upon arriving we’ll help point you in the right direction so you can check out the best Adirondack fishing spots!