Fishing is a pinnacle of the Original Vacation. The Lake George Area’s dynamic lakes and miles of streams and rivers are teeming with a variety of fish almost begging to be caught. Cast for a few solitary moments from shore or devote a day to landing a legend by boat. Add the beautiful Adirondacks into the tackle box and it’s easy to see why you have to fish these waters.

An Angler's Paradise

The Lake George Area’s bottomless lakes, wide-open rivers, and backwoods streams are an angler’s paradise. Hit the hotspots of Lake George, a unique two-story fishery, where you can sink a lure to the bottom to try and catch a lunker or cast around underwater ledges for peppy bass. Take your gear to one of the region’s smaller lakes for some quiet fishing in the lesser-traveled foothills of the Adirondacks. Find your out-of-the-way bend in a stream or river and breathe in the Adirondack solitude. You can catch gigantic lake trout and landlocked salmon, feisty small and large mouth bass, and buckets of perch any time of the year.

When the weather gets cold and the waterways freeze ice fishing season heats up in the Lake George Area. As soon as the ice is safe to walk on you can haul your auger out and set your tips-ups. Want to go fishing but not sure where to start? Contact an experienced fishing guide for expert advice on everything from baiting your hook to jigging technique. Are you more of an expert angler? The Lake George Area offers fishing derbies year round to keep your line in the water throughout any season. 

Boat Inspections

From May 1st to October 31st, all trailered boats being launched into Lake George must undergo a boat inspection at one of the seven regional inspection stations around Lake George before they launch. To save time during your visit to Lake George, ensure you review our list of boat inspection locations before arriving.

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Conserving, improving and protecting New York's natural resources and environment. Site includes information on outdoor recreation, lands and waters, licenses and permits and much more.

Lake George Boat Inspection

The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that boats and trailers are clean, drained and dry, and are harboring no invasive species. Our goal is to keep Lake George clean for the future so that we can all enjoy this lake in its current high-quality state for generations to come. There is no cost to boaters for these inspections, or the washing of the boat and trailer if determined necessary by an inspection technician.

Hooker Charters

Hooker Charters

Land a keeper on Lake George with Hooker Charters! Join Hooker Charters and Captain Jason Carden aboard his 32-foot Suntracker Partycruiser pontoon boat. Jason is a New York State licensed guide and has 16 years of experience chartering fishing boats on Lake George.

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.

Shepard Park Beach

Shepard Park

Bring your beach towel, a picnic lunch, and plenty of sunscreen, because you're not going to want to leave Shepard Park! Shepard Park Beach is conveniently located in the heart of Lake George Village.

Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters

Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters

Land a few keepers with Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters! Captain JJ's Rod Bender Charters is a fishing charter specializing in landing lake trout, land-locked salmon, and bass on Lake George. Jeffrey Johnson - also known as JJ - is an experienced, professional New York State licensed guide.

Peggy's Point

Peggy's Point

This beautiful park with 315 feet of Lake George shoreline was donated to the Lake George Land Conservancy in 2005 by Margaret "Peggy" A. Darrin. This is a great spot for fishing in Lake George, picnicking on the grass, or simply wandering outdoors. Sprawling lawns make the park an excellent place to relax in the sun. Towering birches and a gazebo offer plenty of shade for young visitors.

Adirondack Trout & Salmon

Adirondack Trout & Salmon

Go on a fly fishing adventure with Adirondack Trout & Salmon! Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced angler, spend a day with Adirondack Trout & Salmon and learn more about how to fish for trophies in the pristine Adirondack Mountains. We welcome both beginners and advanced anglers. Tom Horgan is a New York State licensed guide.

Highliner Charter Fishing

Highliner Charter Fishing

Catch fish on Lake George with Highliner Charter Fishing! Highliner Charter Fishing specializes in private charters using light tackle for landlocked salmon, lake trout and bass. New York State licensed guide Captain Justin Mahoney and his team have over 20 years of experience fishing Lake George. We offer half or full day chartered fishing excursions to both beginner and experience anglers.

Schroon River

Make the drive to exit 24 off I-87 in Bolton. Venture to the public fishing areas dotting each side of the Schroon River, a classic Adirondack river, its cool, swift waters teeming with all varieties of trout, as well as some smallmouth bass and perch. Be aware of the water levels here as they can vary greatly with the weather.

Mill Creek Recreation Area

Picnic, fish, day use area on Mill Creek.

Lake George Park Commission

The purpose of the Commission generally is to preserve, protect, and enhance the unique natural, scenic and recreational resources of the Lake George Park. The Commission has specific regulatory and enforcement powers relating to activities on the lake.