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New York Fishing

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The state of New York offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major New York Lakes

New York major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in New York, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in New York, see the list below, which also includes state records.

New York Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Big salmon from New York waters

Allegheny Reservoir is a 12,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Cold spring, New York.

Ashokan Reservoir is an 8,300-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Boiceville, NY.

Black Lake is an 5,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Hammond, NY.

Blue Mountain Lake is a 1,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

Canandaigua Lake is a 10,700-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Canandaigua, NY.

Cannonsville Reservoir is a 4,800-acre lake in the south central part of the state, at Tompkins, NY.

Carry Falls Reservoir is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 10 miles southeast of South Colton, NY.

Cayuga Lake is a 43,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Cayuga, NY.

Chautauqua Lake is a 13,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Chautauqua, NY.

Conesus Lake is a 3,400-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Lakeville, NY.

Cranberry Lake is a 7,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Cranberry Lake, NY.

Great Sacandaga Lake is a 27,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Edinburg, NY.

Indian Lake is a 4,400-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Indian Lake, NY.

Keuka Lake is an 11,600-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Penn Yan, NY.

Lake Champlain is a 271,000-acre lake on the northeastern border of the state, at Plattsburgh, NY.

Lake Erie, with a surface area of 9,940-square miles, borders the southwest edge of the state, at Buffalo, NY.

Lake George is a 28,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, from Hague to Lake George, NY.

Lake Ontario with a surface area of 7,540-square miles, borders the western edge of the state.

Lake Placid is a 2,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Lake Placid, NY.

Long Lake is a 3,900-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Long Lake, NY.

Lows Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 10 miles southwest of Tupper Lake, NY

Oneida Lake is a 51,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Brewerton, NY.

Otsego Lake is a 4,200-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Springfield Center, NY.

Owasco Lake is a 6,600-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Auburn, NY.

Pepacton Reservoir is a 5,700-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Colchester, NY.

Piseco Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Piseco, NY.

Raquette Lake is a 3,900-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 10 miles west of Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

Saratoga Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Saratoga Springs, NY.

Seneca Lake is a 43,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Geneva, NY.

Schroon Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Schroon, NY.

Skaneateles Lake is an 8,900-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Skaneateles, NY.

Tupper Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Tupper Lake, NY.

Union Falls Pond is a 4,200-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 10 miles west of Wilmington, NY.

Upper Saranac Lake is a 4,700-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 12 miles west of Saranac Lake, NY.

The Adirondac Lakes offer a beautiful setting for great fishing.

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State of NY Fishing Information

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website offers a wealth of additional information about fishing in New York. Click here to obtain a New York Fishing License.

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Fish for big bass in New York

Excellent largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in NY.

Fish Species in New York

Fishing for bass in New York

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

NY State Record: 11 lbs 4 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

NY State Record: 8 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for catfish in New York

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 32 lbs 12 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 10 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for crappie in New York

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

NY State Record: 3 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for walleye in New York

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 16 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for trout in New York

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NY State Record: 31 lbs 3 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NY State Record: 6 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NY State Record: 33 lbs 2 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

NY State Record: 41 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for panfish in New York

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NY State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NY State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NY State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

NY State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NY State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NY State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for salmon in New York

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

NY State Record: 24 lbs 15 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

NY State Record: 33 lbs 7 oz

Fishing for striped bass in New York

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

NY State Record: 60 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in New York

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

NY State Record: 12 lbs 14 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

NY State Record: 8 lbs 1 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

NY State Record: 13 lbs 3 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

NY State Record: 69 lbs 15 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

NY State Record: 46 lbs 2 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

NY State Record: 35 lbs 8 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 

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