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All about fishing for bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike and tiger muskie in New York.

This state offers unique fishing opportunities. Listed below find information about these species of fish, found in New York waters.

Fishing for miscellaneous species in New York

Larger lakes across the state of New York, with either chain pickerel or northern pike include Allegheny Reservoir, Black Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Cannonsville Reservoir, Carry Falls Reservoir, Cayuga Lake, Conesus Lake, Cranberry Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, Indian Lake, Keuka Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Long Lake, Oneida Lake, Onondaga Lake, Otsego Lake, Owasco Lake, Pepacton Reservoir, Piseco Lake, Saratoga Lake, Seneca Lake, Schroon Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Tupper Lake, Union Falls Pond and Upper Saranac Lake.

New York State lakes with populations of muskie include Allegheny Reservoir, Carry Falls Reservoir, Chautauqua Lake, Conesus Lake, Cranberry Lake, Lake Champlain, Oneida Lake, Onondaga Lake and Tupper Lake

Morning fishing in the fog

Connor Scott, age 15 from Olean, New York caught this Northern Pike in the Olean Creek, where it runs into the Allegany River. It was 42 inches long and and weighed 16 pounds. Nice catch!

Fishing for other species in New York



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 (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.

Information on fishing for unique species, by state.


Learn the habits and lifecycle of each species

Many of the species we portray as "other" in this website are simply not as commonly fished for as the more popular fish. For insight into some of these "other" fish in New York, visit the other fishing page for more in-depth information.

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