Fishing In The Capital Saratoga Region

If you're looking for that next big fish, the Capital-Saratoga Region is a good place to start.  The Region hosts fishing tournaments and is well known for bass, striper and northern pike.  Be sure to check out New York State DEC regulations and fishing license requirements here:  

Albany County

Fishing on the Hudson River - Albany County
Fishing on the Hudson River

Spring is “Striper Season” in the Capital region and both the east and west shores of the Hudson fill with sportsmen looking for the biggest and best.  Spawners usually arrive in the upper Hudson by late April and in May the run peaks river wide.  There are several tournaments throughout this catch and release season.  For more, see  You can also call Nichols live bait at 518-459-4463 for local fishing info.

Fulton County

Catch A Big One In Fulton County

No matter what the season, Fulton County offers 44 lakes of fishing pleasure. Fish for Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike, Trout, Perch, and Crappie. Of Fulton County’s 44 lakes, the Great Sacandaga Lake is the largest.  Stretching 29 miles long at points and 6 miles wide, it is ranked as one of the largest man-made lakes in the Northeast. The 43 other lakes that include Caroga, Peck, and Canada Lakes also offer great fishing opportunities. 

Rensselaer County

The Hoosic River has a great variety of fish populations and several access points (catch and release only). The Hudson River (catch and release only) also provides an opportunity for different species, including some salt-water fish below the Troy Dam. It is said that some of the best striped bass fishing in the world can be had in the Hudson below the federal dam in Troy. Excellent trout streams include the Little Hoosic, Poesten Kill, Wynants Kill, Kinderhook Creek and Moordner Kill. Fishing is also allowed on the banks of the Tomhannock by special permit only (518) 237-0611. Lake fishing is also allowed with non-motorized boats in Grafton Lakes State Park and Cherry Plain State Park. 

Saratoga County

Saratoga Lake has some of the best bass in the country. Try it out for a few hours or a day. If you are a rower, kayaker or canoer, go to the Kayaderosseras Creek or to Fish Creek . Both can be accessed from Saratoga Lake. Put in at the NYS Boat Launch on Rt. 9P/Union Avenue. The lake is 8.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The main body is 4.5 miles long and necks down another 4 miles into Fish Creek (which goes for 13 miles from the Lake to the Hudson River). The deepest spot in the lake is 96’. In the northern part of Saratoga County, you'll find the Great Sacandaga Lake, home to some of the largest Northern Pike ever caught.

Schenectady County

The lower Mohawk River supports a popular high-quality, warm-water fishery. Several parks offer shore fishing. The River is noted for its small mouth bass fishing (the typical bass is 11 – 13",) Largemouth bass, Walleye, Tiger Muskies and occasionally Northern Pike and Chain Pickerel are most often found in the River between Lock 7 and Lock 8. Rock bass, Yellow Perch, Bullhead, Bluegill and Pumkinseed are common to abundant in pools along this lovely stretch of the river in Schenectady County.

Washington County

Fly Fishing In Washington County

Washington County’s prominent waterways and lakes include the Hudson River, Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal, Cossayuna Lake, Summit Lake, Lake Lauderdale, Pine Lake, Lake Nebo, and Hadlock & Copeland Ponds. Fishing enthusiast will want to include a cast into the Batten kill, Poultney and Mettawee Rivers which are renowned for trout fishing. The legendary Batten kill was made famous for fly fishing by Lou Oatman – consider hiring a guide to teach you the art of Fly Fishing.  To learn more about fishing, rules regulations and seasons visit the NYS DEC site link here and for additional water details – check out the boating link on this site