The Schroon River passes through the heart of North Warren on its journey to join the Hudson in Warrensburg to the south. Stocked annually with rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout; from Starbuckville Dam downstream to Riverbank, trout anglers will find easy access to some of the most productive fishing waters in the Southern Adirondacks.
Starbuckville Dam offers a large area to anglers with good runs forming at the base of the dam transitioning into flat water that can offer excellent dry fly fishing in the evenings. As you work your way down Schroon River Road you will encounter great pocket water and riffles in the tumblehead falls section continuing to Riverbank. With slower pools scattered in between the rough water, this stretch has opportunities for every angler.
For bass anglers the section of the Schroon River above the Starbuckville Dam to Schroon Lake is an excellent opportunity. The easiest access point is the Schroon Lake Boat launch. After launching your boat go left underneath the bridge and you are ready to fish. Perfect for kayak or small craft anglers, this slow section of river is sheltered from the wind and has plenty of features to hold big fish. From the boat launch to Starbuckville Dam, this paddle is just over 5 miles long, making it a great day trip.
Scenic Brant Lake, just east of Horicon, is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. You can also find native smallmouth bass, largemouth bass in the weedy bays, and chain pickerel. A variety of panfish make it fun for younger anglers too. There is free public boat access at a DEC launch site near the west end in Horicon.
Loon Lake offers excellent bass fishing, walleyes, some pike and plenty of panfish for the kids. The old timers swear by the fine flavor of winter perch when ice fishing.
Schroon Lake is accessible by boat from a free state launch on the south end between Pottersville and Adirondack, or from a free Village ramp on the west side. Deep enough to offer both cold and warm water opportunities, Schroon Lake has native populations of northern pike, lake trout and landlocked salmon; along with smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Horicon Pond, Palmer Pond, Tannery Pool and the Brant Lake Mill Pond are all stocked with trout by Warren County.
The North Hudson and Indian Rivers up in Hamilton County are larger waters, perfect for fly fishing. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked annually, with native smallmouth bass found in the Hudson. Note that periodic whitewater rafting releases can cause dangerous conditions, so check with local outfitters for schedules and recommended locations.
The Lake George Wild Forest, south of Route 8 between Brant Lake and Hague, includes 47 pond and lakes with native and stocked populations of brook trout. Other available species include rainbow and brown trout, and largemouth bass. Jabe Pond can be accessed by a four mile jeep trail, but most waters require a hike of several miles. For those seeking solitude, this and nearby Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is where you want to go.
Accessible only on foot, the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness straddles the border between Warren and Essex counties. Some of the nearly two dozen ponds have wild lake trout, while others offer stocked and native brookies. A hiking trail from the Brant Lake area provides access to Pharaoh Lake, and additional access is available from Route 74, east of the Northway exit 28.
A short scenic drive over Graphite Mountain to Hague brings you to the big waters of Lake George. The Hague area is a top bass fishing destination, but Lake George also has wild populations of lake trout, landlocked salmon, pickerel and pike.
Just up the road is Lake Champlain, 120 miles of numerous fresh water fishing opportunities. Natural populations are enhanced by an annual stocking of 700,000 trout and salmon, and the lake is deep enough to support both warm and cold water fisheries.
For stocking information, schedules, and seasonal regulations, always check with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation before planning your fishing trip. A valid NYS fishing license is required, and can be obtained at local outfitters and town offices.