Best New York Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)

Freshwater Destinations

Lake Champlain
Rating 10.0

Lake Champlain is a huge lake located mostly within the borders of Vermont and New York, but a portion of the lake is also located across the border into Canada.  It is a natural, freshwater lake and it is very popular among boaters and fishermen.  Lake Champlain is 100 miles long and 12 miles across at its widest point.  The maximum depth is about 400 feet. The cool waters provide excellent fishing for salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and northern pike.  You can catch a lot of fish here and there are a lot of trophy-sized fish here for multiple species of fish.  It’s an amazing fishing vacation destination.

Visit our Lake Champlain Section

Thousand Islands
Rating 9.75

The Thousand Islands are a group of over 1,700 islands that straddle the United States – Canada border in the St. Lawrence River.  The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario and the islands in the United States are located in the state of New York.  This area is a popular vacation destination for fishing, boating and camping.  Fishermen have many different species of fish to target such as northern pike, muskie, smallmouth bass, walleye and others.

Visit our Thousand Islands Section

Lake George
Rating 9.0

Lake George is a long, narrow lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains in the northeastern part of New York.  The lake is about 32 miles long and the width varies from 1 to 3 miles.    This lake is known as a summer resort town and there are a few villages and towns located throughout Lake George.  The fishing can be very good for lake trout, landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass.  Hiring a fishing charter is recommended and there are quite a few fishing charters available to put you on the best fishing spots.

Visit our Lake George Section

Finger Lakes
Rating 8.75

The Finger Lakes are a group of linear-shaped lakes in the west-central part of Upstate New York.  With 11 lakes covering 14 different counties, this region is a major tourist destination.  People come here for many different reasons.  Fishing and boating are very popular on the lakes, but people also come to the area for the events and festivals, to visit the wineries and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Fishermen have many options with all of the water in this region.  Anglers can fish for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout and more.

Visit our Finger Lakes Section


Montauk, NY
Rating 9.75

Montauk, New York is located on the most eastern part of Long Island.  This area boasts the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in the state of New York.  Montauk is a major tourist destination with 6 state parks and some outstanding saltwater fishing.  The waters off of Montauk are loaded with all types of saltwater fish.  Anglers can catch striped bass, bluefish, tuna, flounder, sea bass, porgies, shark and more.

Visit our Montauk, NY Section

Get Directions

This entry was posted in New York. Bookmark the permalink.