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Fishing Guide to Lakes

The Speculator Region and Hamilton County encourages catch and release fishing. Please take only what you need; release the rest.

Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant offers clear, natural surroundings with apx. 9.6 miles of shoreline. It has a good population of brown and rainbow trout due to hefty stockings by DEC. Because of a thriving rainbow smelt population, browns and rainbows grow large here. Pickerel can be found in weedy areas. Lake Pleasant is a good bet for trout because both species are all over. During the summer, anglers catch rainbows using lanterns and chumming with corn. Winter anglers catch big browns by using smelt for bait. The lake holds significant numbers of smallmouth bass and offers some excellent early season walleye.

Access: Anglers can access Lake Pleasant from an unpaved town launch bear the outlet at Sacandaga River or from a boat launch on the pavilion side of the Speculator Bridge. Lake Pleasant Marine also has a launch.

Sacandaga Lake

Sacandaga Lake has many bays and 13.2 miles of shoreline, of which approximately half is forever wild state forest preserve. A navigable channel connects Sacandaga Lake with Lake Pleasant. This water is home to panfish and brown and rainbow trout. Sacandaga Lake also has smallmouth bass, walleye and pickerel.

Access: Anglers will find public access at Moffitt Beach State Campground.

Piseco Lake

Piseco Lake offers 21.3 miles of shoreline and has traditionally received lake trout stockings. In recent years landlocked salmon have been added to the annual stockings. Because of abundant populations of lakers and landlocks, Piseco Lake sees heavy angling pressure, especially during the winter. Ice fishing actually comprises 80 percent of the pressure here. In the spring, the best catches of trout and salmon are taken by trolling near creeks. Piseco Lake has good numbers of whitefish.

Access: Three DEC campsites with launches provide quality access to the lake.

Oxbow Lake

The majority of Oxbow Lake’s 4.3 mile shoreline is state forest preserve. The lake has good largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing. Look for largemouths near fallen trees, and check out the rocky areas along the north shore for smallies. Bass here grow to three pounds. The south shore is sandy with significant development so it does not attract bass. Oxbow Lake has a plentiful pumpkinseed population and a decent number of pickerel.

Access: Anglers access the lake from an unofficial launch at the east end and from a private launch (small fee) at mid-lake on the south shore.

Lake Algonquin

Lake Algonquin offers a shallow, warm water lake having 6.1 miles of shoreline. It features a long attractive navigable inlet from the Sacandaga River. Lake Algonquin is home to largemouth bass, pickerel and panfish.

Access: A public boat launch is located on the backside of the lake.

Fawn Lake

Fawn Lake offers a wilderness outing for wild lake trout. Shore fishing near deep-water areas is productive in the spring. When trout season opens on April 1st, anglers jig for lakers through the ice. Fawn Lake also has some smallmouth bass and pickerel.

Access: Fawn Lake can be reached via a one-quarter mile hike.

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