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Franklin Falls Flow

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This body of water is located in Franklin and Essex County. Franklin Falls Flow is an Impoundment on the Saranac River. Much of the lake is under 10 feet deep, so boaters need to be cautious. The lake has a nice view of Whiteface Mountain.

Physical characteristics:

Elevation: 1463 feet
Area: 437 acres
Maximum depth: 30 feet
Maximum Width: ¾ mile
Length: 2.5 miles


There is a DEC fishing access site off of County Route 18 (River Road). It has a beach launch with numerous rocks present which can make launching difficult.

General Fishing Information:

Fish species present are walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, pumpkinseed, and bullhead. Walleye is king here, so trolling and drifting in the old river channels with crawler harnesses, jig/worm, or jig/minnow can work well. Spring time brown bullhead fishing is also popular and is possible at several shoreline locations.

Fishing Regulations:

Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries management:

Franklin Falls Flow is managed as a warmwater fishery. Walleye fingerlings were stocked from 1998-2002, and walleye fry were stocked here for many years prior.