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Fishing Spots in Essex 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 Essex 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 Essex County
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Rights Available
Alder Creek Schroon Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Bailey Pond * Schroon Hoffman Notch Wilderness
Barnes Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Bartlett Pond * North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Bass Lake * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Beaver Brook Wilmington Wilmington Wild Forest/Sentinel Range Wilderness
Beaver Pond Minerva Schroon Lake Quadrangle
Brevoort Brook Crown Point Ticonderoga/ Paradox Lake Quadrangle
Big Brown Brook Wilmington Wilmington Wild Forest
Big Cherry Patch Pond * North Elba Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Big Marsh Pond * North Hudson Dix Mountain Wilderness
Black Pond * (Rhododendron) Keene Dix Mountain Wilderness
Black Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Black Pond * North Elba High Peaks Wilderness
Bloody Pond * Crown Point Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Boquet River ^ Elizabethtown Giant Mountain Wilderness/Boquet River Primitive Area/Hammond Pond Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights (PDF 770KB)
Brothers Pond, Lower * Moriah Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Bullhead Pond * Minerva Newcomb Quadrangle
Burge Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Cascade Brook Keene High Peaks Wilderness
Center Pond * Minerva Vandewhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Challis Pond * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Chapel Pond * Keene Giant Mountain Wilderness
Clements Pond * Jay Lake Placid Quadrangle
Clifford Brook Keene Sentinel Range Wilderness
Cold Brook St Armand Taylor Pond Wild Forest
Cotters Pond * Schroon Paradox Lake Quadrangle
Courtney Pond * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Crab Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Dunk Pond * Minerva Hudson Gorge Primitve Area
E. Br. Ausable River Keene Hammond Pond Wild Forest/ Wilmington Wild Forest/Sentinel Range Wilderness / Giant Mountain Wilderness Public Fishing Rights (PDF 998KB)
Eagle Nest Pond Moriah Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Giant Washbowl * Keene Giant Mountain Wilderness
Goose Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Goose Puddle * Moriah Paradox Lake Wilderness
Grizzle Ocean * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Gulf Brook Keene Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
Gull Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Hatch Pond North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Henderson Lake Newcomb High Peaks Wilderness
Hewitt Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Hoisington Brook Westport Port Henry/ Elizabethtown Quadrangle
Horseshoe Pond * Schroon Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Howard Pond * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Huntley Pond * Minerva Hudson Gorge Wilderness
Johns Brook Keene High Peaks Wilderness/Johns Brook Primitive Area
Kelso Brook Minerva Newcomb/ Schroon Lake Quadrangle
Latham Pond * Newcomb High Peaks Wilderness
Lewis Brook Jay Sentinel Range Wilderness
Lilypad Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Little Rock Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Livingston Pond * Newcomb High Peaks Wilderness
Long Pond * North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Lower Cascade Lake * Keene High Peaks Wilderness
Marion Pond * Schroon Hoffman Notch Wilderness
Mill Brook Moriah Port Henry Boat Launch
Minerva Stream Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest / Hoffman Notch Wilderness
Mineville Club Pond Moriah Port Henry Quadrangle
Moose Mt. Pond * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Moose Pond * Newcomb High Peaks Wilderness
Moose Pond * North Elba High Peaks Wilderness
Muller Pond Brook Schroon Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Newcomb Lake * Newcomb Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Otter Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Palmer Dam Pond North Hudson Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Pharaoh Lake * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Phelps Brook Crown Point/Moriah Elizabethtown/ Paradox Lake
Platt Brook Schroon Hoffman Notch Wilderness
Putnam Creek Crown Point/ Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness / Putnam Pond Campground Public Fishing Rights (PDF 319KB)
Preston Pond, Upper & Lower * North Hudson High Peaks Wilderness
Rankin Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Ray Brook Pond North Elba Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Rock Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Rocky Branch Jay Jay Mountain Wilderness
Rogers Brook Schroon Hoffman Notch Wilderness
Round Pond * Keene Dix Mountain Wilderness
Shaw Pond * Newcomb High Peaks Wilderness
Big Sherman Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Shingletree Pond * North Hudson Elizabethtown Quadrangle
South Meadow Brook * North Elba High Peaks Wilderness
Spectacle Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Springhill Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Spruce Hill Brook Keene Hammond Pond Wild Forest / Giant Mountain Wilderness / Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
Stacy Brook Westport Port Henry/ Elizabethtown Quadrangle
Stony Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Styles Brook Keene Wilmington Wild Forest /Jay Mountain Wilderness
Sweeney Brook Schroon Schroon Lake Quadrangle
Tom Peck Pond * North Elba Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Triangle Pond * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Trout Brook Schroon/ Minerva

Hoffman Notch Wilderness / Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest

Trout Pond * Moriah Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Twenty-Ninth Pond * Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Twin Ponds, Upper & Lower * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Upper Cascade Lake * North Elba/ Keene High Peaks Wilderness
Upper Twin Pond * Keene Dix Mountain Wilderness
W. Br. Ausable River ^ North Elba Lake Placid Quadrangle Public Fishing Rights (PDF 760 KB)
Ward Pond * Newcomb High Peaks Wilderness
Warren Pond * North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
White Brook Wilmington Wilmington Wild Forest
Whortleberry Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Willsboro Club Willsboro Willsboro Quadrangle
Winch Pond * Wilmington High Peaks Wilderness
Wolf Pond * North Hudson Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Wolf Pond Brook North Hudson Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Map of New York State with Essex County townships highlighted in blue

Top Fishing Waters

The tables below list the top fishing waters in Essex 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 Essex 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
Cheney Pond Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Chubb River North Elba Saranac Lakes Wild Forest/High Peaks Wilderness
Clear Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Connery Pond ^ North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness/Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Eagle Lake ^ Crown Point/ Ticonderoga Hammond Pond Wilderness/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Hudson River ^ Minerva Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest/Hudson Gorge Wilderness/Polaris Mountain Primitive Area/Blue Mountain Wild Forest
Long Pond * North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Lost Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Mill Brook Moriah Port Henry Boat Launch
Munson Pond North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Owen Pond North Elba Sentinel Range Wilderness
Vanderwhacker Pond North Hudson Vanderwacker Mountain Wild Forest
W. Br. Ausable River ^ Jay/ Keene/ Wilmington Ausable Forks/Lake Placid Public Fishing Rights (PDF 790 KB)
Top Fishing Waters for Rainbow Trout
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Right Available
Ausable River Chesterfield Ausable Forks Public Fishing Rights Map (PDF 445KB)
Bass Lake * North Hudson Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Goose Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Lake Placid North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness/Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Mirror Lake North Elba Lake Placid Quadrangle
Moose Pond * St Armand McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Paradox Lake ^ Schroon Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Saranac River St Armand McKenzie Mountain Wilderness/Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights (PDF 940 KB)
Springhill Pond * Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Top Fishing Waters for Lake Trout
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Lake Champlain ^ various Schuyler Island Primitive Area/Split Rock Wild Forest/Crown Point Historic Area
Lake Placid ^ North Elba McKenzie Mountain Wilderness/Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Mirror Lake ^ North Elba Lake Placid Quadrangle
Paradox Lake ^ Schroon Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Pharaoh Lake * ^ Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Schroon Lake ^ Schroon Scaroon Manor Day Use Area/Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Splake
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Goose Pond * Schroon Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Top Fishing Waters for Landlocked Salmon
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name Public Fishing Rights Available
Boquet River ^ Willsboro/ Essex Giant Mountain Wilderness/Boquet River Primitive Area/Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Taylor Pond Wild Forest Public Fishing Rights (770 KB)
Lake Champlain^ various Schuyler Island Primitive Area/Split Rock Wild Forest/Crown Point Historic Area
Schroon Lake ^ Schroon Scaroon Manor Day Use Area/Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Smallmouth Bass
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Eagle Lake Crown Point/ Ticonderoga Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Lake Champlain ^ various Schuyler Island Primitive Area/Split Rock Wild Forest/Crown Point Historic Area
Paradox Lake Schroon Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Schroon Lake Schroon Scaroon Manor Day Use Area/Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Largemouth Bass
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Eagle Lake Crown Point/ Ticonderoga Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Lake Champlain ^ various Schuyler Island Primitive Area/Split Rock Wild Forest/Crown Point Historic Area
Lincoln Pond Elizabethtown Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Lincoln Pond Campground
Paradox Lake Schroon Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Putnam Pond Ticonderoga Pharaoh Lake Wilderness/Putnam Pond Campground
Top Fishing Waters for Northern Pike
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Eagle Lake Crown Point/ Ticonderoga Hammond Pond Wild Forest/Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Lake Champlain ^ various Schuyler Island Primitive Area/Split Rock Wild Forest/Crown Point Historic Area
Lake Flower North Elba Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Top Fishing Waters for Pickerel
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Lake Champlain ^ various Schuyler Island Primitive Area/Split Rock Wild Forest/Crown Point Historic Area
Top Fishing Waters for Walleye
Name of Water Name of Township Forest Preserve Unit or 15 Minute Quadrangle Name
Harris Lake ^
Newcomb Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest/Lake Harris Campground
Franklin Falls Flow ^ St Armand Taylor Pond Wild Forest/McKenzie Mountain Wilderness