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Fishing Spots in Clinton County

The table below is a list of brook trout waters in this county. The accompanying map is to help locate Towns listed in the table.

(*) Denotes waters where the use or possession of bait fish is prohibited. Unwanted introductions of minnows/bait fish are a primary factor in the decline of brook trout fisheries.

(^) Denotes waters with special regulations. The Clinton County Special Fishing Regulations page provides details.

The following rules apply unless Special Regulations note otherwise:

  • Trout Season is April 1 - October 15
  • Any Size
Brook Trout Waters in Clinton County
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Rights Available
Black Brook Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest / Wilmington Wild Forest
Blake Brook Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Caldwell Brook Ausable Peru Quadrangle
Little Ausable River Peru Taylor Pond Wild Forest / Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Little Black Brook Black Brook Wilmington Wild Forest / Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Mud Pond * Black Brook Lyon Mountain Quadrangle
N. Br. Great Chazy River Altona/Ellenburg/Mooers Churubusco/Mooers Quadrangle Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF,790 KB)
N. Br. Saranac River ^ Black Brook Chazy Highlands Wild Forest / Debar Mountain Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF,780 KB)
Palmer Brook Black Brook Ausable Forks/ Dannemora Quadrangle
Salmon River Black Brook/Peru Terry Mountain State Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 490 KB)
True Brook Saranac Chazy Highlands / Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 438 KB)
Towns in Clinton County

Top Fishing Waters

The tables below list the top fishing waters in Clinton County for species other than brook trout. These tables are meant to display only quality fishing opportunities, not to be a comprehensive list like the brook trout table. These waters can be seen graphically on the Top Fishing Waters Map.

(*) Denotes waters where the use or possession of bait fish is prohibited. Unwanted introductions of minnows/bait fish are a primary factor in the decline of brook trout fisheries.

(^) Denotes waters with special regulations. The Clinton County Special Fishing Regulations page provides details.

Top Fishing Waters for Brown Trout
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Rights Available
Arnold Brook Peru Terry Mountain State Forest
Black Brook Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest / Wilmington Wild Forest
Carew Brook Ellenburg Churubusco Quadrangle
N. Br. Great Chazy River Mooers/Altona/Ellenburg Churubusco/Mooers Quadrangle Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 790 KB)
N. Br. Saranac River ^ Saranac/Black Book Chazy Highlands Wild Forest / Debar Mountain Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 780 KB)
Salmon River Peru/Plattsburgh Terry Mountain Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 490 KB)
Saranac River ^ Saranac/Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 918 KB)
Top Fishing Waters for Rainbow Trout
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Rights Available
Ausable River Ausable/Black Brook Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 445 KB)
N. Br. Great Chazy River Mooers/Altona/Ellenburg Churubusco/Mooers Quadrangle Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 790 KB)
Saranac River ^ Plattsburgh/Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 918 KB)
Top Fishing Waters for Lake Trout
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Chazy Lake ^ Dannemora Lyon Mountain Quadrangle
Lake Champlain ^ various Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area / Valcour Island Primitive Area
Taylor Pond Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Upper Chateaugay Lake ^ Dannemora Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Landlocked Salmon
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Rights Available
Lake Champlain ^ various Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area / Valcour Island Primitive Area
Saranac River ^ Plattsburgh Taylor Pond Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF, 918 KB)
Taylor Pond ^ Black Brook Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Upper Chateaugay Lake ^ Dannemora Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Smallmouth Bass
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Chazy Lake Dannemora

Lyon Mountain Quadrangle

Lake Champlain ^ various Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area / Valcour Island Primitive Area
Upper Chateaugay Lake Dannemora Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Largemouth Bass
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Lake Alice Chazy Lake Alice State Wildlife Management Area
Lake Champlain ^ various Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area / Valcour Island Primitive Area
Top Fishing Waters for Muskellunge
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Great Chazy River ^ Champlain/Mooers Chazy Highlands Wild Forest / Lewis Preserve Wildlife Management Area
Top Fishing Waters for Northern Pike
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Lake Champlain ^ various Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area / Valcour Island Primitive Area
Upper Chateaugay Lake Dannemora Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Walleye
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Fern Lake ^ Black Brook Ausable Forks Quadrangle