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.

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

    2 Reviews

    Cooperstown, NY

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #2 Pharaoh Mountain and Lake Loop

    2 Reviews

    Schroon Lake, NY

    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 ...
    •  9.5-12 hours
    •  18.1 miles
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    In the Schroon Lake area of the Eastern Adirondacks, this all-day or overnight hike tags the summit of Pharaoh Mountain ...

  • #3 Saratoga Lake

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    Saratoga Springs, NY

    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 ...
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    This 3,764-acre lake averages 25 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 96 feet. Key species: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, ...

  • #4 Esopus Creek and Ashokan Reservoir

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    Phoenicia, NY

    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. ...
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    Springing from Winnisock Lake, just a few yards north of the divide separating the Delaware and Hudson River drainages, Esopus ...

  • #5 Connetquot River, Nissequogue River, Lake Ronkonkoma, and Carmans River

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    Islandia, NY

    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 ...
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    Bubbling up from the heart of the island, the 6-mile-long, spring-fed Connetquot River’s route is a refreshing strip of wildness ...

  • #6 Murphy Lake Trail

    2 Reviews

    Wells, NY

    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 Adiron ...
    •  9.4 miles
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    North of Northville, this easy hike along a time-worn, centuries-old road accesses three sparkling lakes—Bennett, Middle, ...

  • #7 Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

    1 Reviews

    Wurtsboro, NY

    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 ...
    •  6.5-8.5 hours
    •  13 miles
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    At this 2,200-acre wildlife management and bird conservation area—more than half of it freshwater wetland—a former railroad ...

  • #8 Lewey Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Abanakee, and Indian River

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    Indian Lake, NY

    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 ...
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    The 361-acre Lewey Lake’s wonderfully symmetrical floor gently slides from the shoreline to a 50-foot-deep hole out in the ...

  • #9 Lower Schoharie Creek

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    Schoharie, NY

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #10 New York Striper Fishing

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    New York, NY

    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 ...
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    No doubt the greatest concentration of rabid surfcasters on the planet is in New York City. Their presence in an urban environment ...

  • #11 Schroon River, Schroon Lake, Paradox Lake, Putnam Pond, Brant Lake, and Loon Lake

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    Severance, NY

    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 ...
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    Starting out as a creek averaging 15 feet wide and 10 inches deep, the Schroon River flows gently south for about 65 miles ...

  • #12 Great Sacandaga Lake, East Caroga Lake, and West Caroga Lake

    1 Reviews

    Broadalbin, NY

    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 ...
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    Formed in 1930 when a dam was built on the Sacandaga River, this 26,860-acre Great Sacandaga Lake averages 32 feet deep and ...

  • #13 Old Erie Canal Heritage Trail

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    Dewitt, NY

    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 ...
    •  36 miles
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    Between DeWitt and Rome, east of Syracuse, this linear New York state park salutes a 36-mile vestige of the historic 363-mile ...

  • #14 Jockeybush Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Gloversville, NY

    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 ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  2.2 miles
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    This easy climb through rich mixed forest follows the outlet drainage to Jockeybush Lake, attractive, cold, and deep. Although ...

  • #15 Peconic River

    1 Reviews

    Calverton, NY

    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 ...
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    Running from west to east for roughly 15 miles to feed Flanders Bay, this stream is dammed in several places, creating warm-water ...

  • #16 Cranberry Lake

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    Newton Falls, NY

    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. ...
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    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 ...

  • #17 Little Pond Loop

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    Andes, NY

    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. ...
    •  5.3 miles
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    This moderately difficult hike travels 5.3 miles, exploring the gentle western relief of the Catskill Mountains, swinging ...

  • #18 Cossayuna Lake and Moreau Lake

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    Fort Edward, NY

    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 ...
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    The 659-acre Cossayuna Lake averages 12 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 25 feet. Totally surrounded by a state park, ...

  • #19 West Canada Creek, Hinckley Reservoir, and Prospect Reservoir

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    Gravesville, NY

    This stream springs from the western Adirondacks, runs for about 75 miles, and pours into the New Erie Canal at Herkimer. Along the way, it fills and drains Hinckley and Prospect Reservoirs. ...
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    This stream springs from the western Adirondacks, runs for about 75 miles, and pours into the New Erie Canal at Herkimer. ...

  • #20 Lake Placid, Mirror Lake, and Connery Pond

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    Lake Placid, NY

    Known worldwide for the winter Olympic games held nearby in 1932 and 1980, the spring-fed, 2,173-acre Lake Placid averages 52 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 151 feet. There are two huge ...
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    Known worldwide for the winter Olympic games held nearby in 1932 and 1980, the spring-fed, 2,173-acre Lake Placid averages ...