Best Fishing in New York

This list represents the most popular fishing in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Canadarago Lake, Otsego Lake, Susquehanna River, and Goodyear Lake


This 1,900-acre lake averages 33 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 44 feet. Its east and west sides are heavily developed with cottages. Cold and clear, the 4,200-acre Otsego Lake averages 82 feet…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Cooperstown, NY - Fishing BestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Pharaoh Mountain and Lake Loop


In the Schroon Lake area of the Eastern Adirondacks, this all-day or overnight hike tags the summit of Pharaoh Mountain and encircles large, deep Pharaoh Lake, touring mixed forest and wetland mea…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Schroon Lake, NY - Fishing, Hiking - 18.1 miles
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#3. Saratoga Lake


This 3,764-acre lake averages 25 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 96 feet. Key species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch, sunfish, and black c…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Saratoga Springs, NY - Fishing
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#4. Esopus Creek and Ashokan Reservoir


Springing from Winnisock Lake, just a few yards north of the divide separating the Delaware and Hudson River drainages, Esopus Creek flows for about 20 miles and feeds the Ashokan Reservoir. About a t…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Phoenicia, NY - Fishing
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#5. Connetquot River, Nissequogue River, Lake Ronkonkoma, and Carmans River


Bubbling up from the heart of the island, the 6-mile-long, spring-fed Connetquot River’s route is a refreshing strip of wildness in a seemingly endless suburb. The Nissequogue River springs up from th…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Islandia, NY - Fishing
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#6. D&H Canal Heritage Corridor


Completed in 1828, the Delaware & Hudson Canal was the first million-dollar private enterprise in America. During its seventy years of active duty, it was the main economic artery for the Northeast. I…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: New York"
Wurtsboro, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails - 90 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Murphy Lake Trail


North of Northville, this easy hike along a time-worn, centuries-old road accesses three sparkling lakes—Bennett, Middle, and Murphy—cradled in the quiet wooded beauty of the Southern Adirondacks. Fi…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Wells, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 9.4 miles
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#8. Bashakill Wildlife Management Area


At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad grade rolls out an avenue to relaxation and nature discovery. Part of the gr…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Wurtsboro, NY - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 13 miles
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#9. Lewey Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Abanakee, and Indian River


The 361-acre Lewey Lake’s wonderfully symmetrical floor gently slides from the shoreline to a 50-foot-deep hole out in the middle. Averaging 25 feet deep with a maximum depth of 55 feet, its shoreline…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Indian Lake, NY - Fishing
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#10. New York Striper Fishing


No doubt the greatest concentration of rabid surfcasters on the planet is in New York City. Their presence in an urban environment of that size indicates that opportunities for practice of their craft…
From the guidebook "Striper Hot Spots"
New York, NY - Fishing
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#11. Lower Schoharie Creek


Called the devil’s piss pot in the old days because of its tendency to flood, Lower Schoharie Creek trickles out of the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Lower Reservoir, quickly picks up enough tributari…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Schoharie, NY - Fishing
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#12. Schroon River, Schroon Lake, Paradox Lake, Putnam Pond, Brant Lake, and Loon Lake


Starting out as a creek averaging 15 feet wide and 10 inches deep, the Schroon River flows gently south for about 65 miles through the eastern Adirondacks, growing to 85 feet wide and 4 feet deep by t…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Severance, NY - Fishing
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#13. Great Sacandaga Lake, East Caroga Lake, and West Caroga Lake


Formed in 1930 when a dam was built on the Sacandaga River, this 26,860-acre Great Sacandaga Lake averages 32 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 70 feet. Subject to wildly fluctuating water levels,…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Broadalbin, NY - Fishing
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#14. Old Erie Canal Heritage Trail


Between DeWitt and Rome, east of Syracuse, this linear New York state park salutes a 36-mile vestige of the historic 363-mile Erie Canal, which linked the Hudson River to the Great Lakes. One of the g…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Dewitt, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Trail Running - 36 miles
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#15. Jockeybush Lake Trail


This easy climb through rich mixed forest follows the outlet drainage to Jockeybush Lake, attractive, cold, and deep. Although the hike is short and the lake is small, the offering is big with its fis…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Gloversville, NY - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.2 miles
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#16. Peconic River


Running from west to east for roughly 15 miles to feed Flanders Bay, this stream is dammed in several places, creating warm-water impoundments. The state stocks about 300 brown trout ranging from 9…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Calverton, NY - Fishing
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#17. Cranberry Lake


The 6,975-acre Cranberry Lake averages 6 feet deep, has a maximum depth of 38 feet, and has so many nooks and crannies that if you straightened out its shoreline it would stretch for 55 miles. The nor…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Newton Falls, NY - Fishing
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#18. Little Pond Loop


This moderately difficult hike travels 5.3 miles, exploring the gentle western relief of the Catskill Mountains, swinging between Little Pond and Touchmenot Mountain, with a spur to Cabot Mountain.…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Andes, NY - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 5.3 miles
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#19. Cossayuna Lake and Moreau Lake


The 659-acre Cossayuna Lake averages 12 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 25 feet. Totally surrounded by a state park, the 128-acre Moreau Lake averages 32 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 50 f…
From the guidebook "Fishing Eastern New York"
Fort Edward, NY - Fishing
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#20. Lakeview Natural Beach Hike


In Jefferson County, 20 miles southwest of Watertown, this hike offers a relaxing stroll along a limited-access natural barrier beach on Lake Ontario. The trail sits within 3,461-acre Lakeview Wildl…
From the guidebook "Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures"
Henderson, NY - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 6.5 miles
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