It's Schroon Lake, and so much more
It's pretty easy to think of one single waterbody when you hear the words, Schroon Lake Region.
The big lake that bears the region's name is, clearly, the marquee attraction to the visiting anglers – as well as plenty of locals.
And why not? Schroon Lake's smorgasbord of species includes lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, perch and panfish, all in both size and numbers. And given its size, it only makes sense that Schroon Lake would grab any angler's attention when they looked at a map of the region.
But there's much to the Schroon Lake Region than just Schroon Lake. Much more.
The region is dotted with lakes, rivers, brooks and ponds that draw serious anglers each spring in search of, right now, trout. Bass and pike will be a focus later, but this time of year, when the ice is finally off and the open-water season kicks off, it's time for trout.
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Whether you're trudging into a backcountry pond in North Hudson in search of brook trout, wetting a line on the Boreas River in Minerva or chasing rainbows – as in rainbow trout – on Newcomb's Clear Pond, now is the time to do it.
The region even has the Hudson River – yes, THAT Hudson River – to offer trout anglers some fine fishing in the upper reaches of the big river before it becomes the big river.
And you can't ignore Schroon Lake – which, given its size, would be hard to do. Right now, the cold water has the lake trout and landlocks cruising up high, where they're accessible to anglers without the need for downriggers. In some areas you may be able to fish successfully from shore for the trout and salmon, in fact.
There are countless options right now for trout, and things will only heat up when the waters warm a bit. Both the state DEC and the Essex County Fish Hatchery supplement the wild trout population with thousands of stocked trout, including some hefty 2- and even 3-year-old fish.
If you're looking to make it a multi-day fishing excursion, there are plenty of lodging
options and great dining
in the region, as well as tackle shops
where you can gear up for a day on the water. Chances are you'll run into a local or two who will be more than willing to surrender some of that local knowledge to help put you on fish.
Schroon Lake? Yes, it's a can't-miss destination for any angler. But the Schroon Lake Region offers plenty more water for the visiting angler, and right now it's time for trout.
Some spots for fishing in the region include:Lakes:
- Schroon Lake: boat launches can be found in Schroon, Horicon and Eagle Point.
- Paradox Lake: launch available on Route 74.
- Pharaoh Lake: boats must be carried in.
- Rich Lake
- Newcomb Lake
Brooks, Creeks and Streams:
- Bailey Pond
- Barnes Pond
- Beaver Pond
- Black Pond
- Burge Pond
- Center Pond
- Cheney Pond
- Cotters Pond
- Crab Pond
- Goose Pond
- Gull Pond
- Hewitt Pond
- Horseshoe Pond
- Marion Pond
- Moose Pond
- Oliver Pond
- Palmer Dam Pond
- Sherman Pond
- Spectacle Pond
- Vanderwhacker Pond
- Whortleberry Pond
- Wolf Pond
Schroon Lake camping
- Alder Creek
- Kelso Brook
- Minerva Stream
- Muller Pond Brook
- Platt Brook
- Rogers Brook
- Trout Brook
and lodging options near popular fishing waters are convenient starting points for your next big Adirondack fishing adventure.
and choose a local guide to get the inside track on what's biting and where.