Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Tips

Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Tips
The Saratoga Lake region is popular with tourists who want to experience the rural, outdoor atmosphere of Saratoga Springs. The lake itself, nearly 200 miles north of New York City, is full of fish species such as bass and carp. It's a hot spot for both traveling and resident anglers. Though the lake freezes over every winter, anglers can still ply the waters and, keeping in mind valuable tips, catch some of Saratoga's fish.

Catch Volume Limits

The lake's fisheries office has instituted limits on the number of individual fish an angler can catch. Such limits are designed to maintain the lake's fish populations. As of 2009, limits affect the sunfish species and prevent fishermen from catching more than 15 fish. Volume limits change, depending on the current fish populations in the lake. Contact the fisheries office before ice fishing to check if new limits have been added or old limits removed.

Saratoga Lake Region 5 Fisheries
P.O. Box 296
Ray Brook, New York 12977
(518) 897-1333

Fishing Seasons

In general, anglers may ice fish from the start of the ice fishing season to March 15. This keeps winter fish populations from being over-fished and affects most species, including pikes, pickerels and muskellunge. However, the more common largemouth bass can be fished from the start of the winter season to April 30.


The frigid air blowing across the open surface of Saratoga Lake can be hazardous to your health. Guard against frostbite and similar problems by wearing proper winter gear, including long underwear and layered jackets as well as gloves and ear muffs.

Ice Huts

Anglers using ice huts or shanties may only erect them for periods of three days or less unless the angler holds an ice shanty permit. The shanty must be removed from the lake by March 15 and should display the occupant's name and address while in use. Anglers who are using an internal heater to keep the shanty warm should ensure that there is proper airflow and ventilation to prevent a buildup of exhaust fumes.

Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.

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