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New York State's Top Fishing Waters

While excellent fishing is found across New York State, certain waters are anglers' favorites for various species. The following list is just a sample of the top waters. Keep in mind, however, that there are hundreds of smaller, yet exceptionally good lakes, ponds, and streams scattered across the state. Many of the fishing trips listed here require specialized techniques and expertise. A charter or guided trip would be a good way for you and your family to get an introduction on how to catch these fish.

Popular Larger Waters

  • Hudson River - Largemouth and smallmouth bass around tributary mouths and in-river structures (submerged logs, pilings) during the summer and fall. In spring, fish for striped bass from below the Troy Dam to the New York City area. Use minnow imitating plugs, or cast bait (cut or live herring).
  • Delaware River - Downstream of Lordville for smallmouth bass and walleye; upstream of Lordville and in the branches below Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs for brown and rainbow trout. In spring, fish with small spinners, jigs (shad darts) and streamer flies for upstream-migrating American Shad.
  • Mohawk River - Tiger muskellunge in Albany and Schenectady counties; walleye and smallmouth bass everywhere.
  • Lake Champlain - Lake trout, landlocked salmon, brown trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, walleye, and northern pike.
  • Finger Lakes - Walleye, smallmouth bass, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon.
  • Oneida Lake - Walleye, perch, and smallmouth and largemouth bass.
  • Lake Ontario - Pacific salmon, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout/steelhead, walleye, black bass, northern pike and panfish.
  • Lake Erie - Walleye, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout/steelhead.
  • Salmon River - Along a 12-mile stretch open to the public for chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead. Best fishing runs from mid-September through November and mid-March through mid-May.
  • St. Lawrence River - Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, muskellunge, and walleye.
  • Niagara River - Upper river- musky, particularly during October and November. Also walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Lower river- fish for chinook salmon and steelhead in autumn, lake trout during winter and spring. Also good fishing for walleye and smallmouth bass.

Additional Waters and Information

Lakes:
Water Region County Species
Cayuga Lake 7, 8 Cayuga, Thompkins,
Seneca
lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, black bass, yellow perch
Seneca Lake 8 Seneca, Yates lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike
Keuka Lake 8 Steuben, Yates lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, yellow perch
Chautauqua Lake 9 Chautauqua walleye, muskellunge, black bass, crappie, yellow perch, panfish
Saratoga Lake 5 Saratoga black bass, walleye, northern pike, bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch
Black Lake 6 St. Lawrence black bass, northern pike, crappie
Lake George 5 Warren lake trout, landlocked salmon, black bass, northern pike, yellow perch
Honeoye Lake 8 Ontario largemouth bass, walleye, chain pickerel, panfish
Conesus Lake 8 Livingston black bass, walleye, northern pike, tiger muskellunge
Canandaigua Lake 8 Ontario, Yates lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, yellow perch, black bass
Waneta Lake 8 Schuyler muskellunge, pickerel, black bass, panfish
Otisco Lake 7 Onondaga black bass, tiger muskellunge, walleye
Owasco Lake 7 Cayuga lake trout, brown trout, black bass, northern pike
Lake Ronkonkoma 1 Suffolk largemouth bass, panfish, walleye, tiger muskellunge
Prospect Park Lake 2 Kings largemouth bass, panfish, carp
Kissena Lake 2 Queens largemouth bass, panfish, carp
Oakland Lake 2 Queens largemouth bass, panfish, carp
Central Park Lake 2 New York largemouth bass, panfish, carp
Rivers/Streams:
Water Region County Species
Beaver Kill 3, 4 Delaware, Sullivan brown trout
E. Branch and W. Branch
Del. River
4 Delaware rainbow trout, brown trout
Esopus Creek 3 Ulster rainbow trout, brown trout
Susquehanna River 4, 7 multiple walleye, smallmouth bass, tiger muskellunge
Ausable River 5 Essex brown trout, rainbow trout
St. Lawrence River 6 Jefferson, St. Lawrence black bass, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, panfish
Lower Genesee River 8 Monroe Pacific salmon, brown trout, steelhead, walleye
Oak Orchard Creek 8 Orleans Pacific salmon, brown trout, steelhead, walleye
Wiscoy Creek 9 Wyoming brown trout
Genesee River 9 Allegany brown trout
East Koy Creek 9 Wyoming brown trout
Black River 6 Lewis, Jefferson Pacific salmon, walleye, black bass
Peconic River 1 Suffolk largemouth bass, chain pickerel, panfish
Connetquot River 1 Suffolk flyfishing by reservation only (OPRHP); call (631)581-1005
Nissequoque River 1 Suffolk flyfishing by reservation only (OPRHP); call (631)265-1054