Fishing

Sacandaga Lake has some of the best fishing in the Adirondacks.  One of nearly 3000 + lakes, the Sacandaga is one of the largest lakes in the Adirondack Park.  The Sacandaga fishing stock is managed and maintained by the NYS DEC with The Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation keeping a watchful eye and helping promote & protect the regions fishing.

Many anglers come for the supreme Adirondack Walleye fishing, that the Sacandaga has to offer as well as the plenitude of  Pike, Rainbow & Brown Trout, Bass fishing and even landlocked salmon that occur in the lake.  Great care and many resources have been spent over the years to bring the Sacandaga to the high level of fishing it is at today.

Enjoying Fishing in the Sacandaga

Fishing the Sacandaga can be done by either boat, along the banks or with waders in the shallows and within the Sacandaga River.   For an even more relaxing fishing experience try tubing along the Sacandaga, just be aware that certain portions of the Sacandaga River, those close to the Conklingville Dam are used for white water rafting when periodic releases of water cause the river to flow rapidly.

Common Fish of the Sacandaga

  • Walleye
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Trout
  • Northern Pike
  • Yellow Perch
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Pickerel
  • Kokanee Salmon

Sacandaga Ice Fishing

What better way to enjoy the Sacandaga then to get out on the frozen lake, drill a hole in the ice and keep the fishing year round. Ice fishing is pastime in more countries than just the U.S. alone, ice fishing is popular all over the cold-climate world including Northern and Eastern Europe, Canada and Iceland. The Sacandaga covers over 42 sq. miles, on which snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice fishing contests are a popular form of recreation.

Sacandaga Ice Fishing Contests

There are many ways to pass the time during the winter, but Sacandaga Lake ice fishing contests are one of the most popular and well attended events of the winter season. Maybe its the tradition, maybe its the adventure of trekking out on to a frozen lake, but whatever it is people come out in force to show their ice angler skills.

  • The Annual Walleye Challenge includes some $45K in prizes.
  • The Speculator Lake Pleasant Piseco Fish and Game Club holds their annual Ice Fishing Contest
  • The Great Sacandaga Lake Business Association’s Year ‘Round Tagged Fish Contest which runs June 1st through May 31st, which boasts some $15K in cash prizes.
  • The Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Foundation/Sacandaga Boating Club