The area around Long Lake and Raquette Lake boast incredible water resources with over 225,000 acres of lakes and streams, and vast acreage of unspoiled forest. It is an outdoor recreational enthusiasts paradise. The waters in our area boast Bass, Walleye, Land-locked salmon, Pike, Brook. Lake and Heritage strain trout. The biggest lake trout in New York State was caught in the waters of Raquette in June 2009.
Fishing and hunting are part of the fiber of the wilderness experience, survival of the fit, rich in tradition and steeped in Adirondack History. Fish one of our eight derbies throughout the year or track a buck after the first snowfall. Getting back to man vs. nature is part of a traditional Long Lake experience. Both Long Lake and Raquette boast supreme hunting and fishing grounds.
Bass Fishing Derby:
Raquette Lake’s 17th Annual Bass Tournament July 23, 2016 Amateur only. No live bait. Weight of Five legal smallmouth/largemouth Bass. 1 lb penalty for each dead fish. 2 person limit per boat. 1lb per minute penalty for late return. $110 registration includes $10 lunker fee. No fishing for Derby participants after July 23rd.
Please note: There is a waiting list for the Raquette Lake Fishing Derby. If there are openings we will post the registration form.
Look for Long Lake’s 8th Annual Bass Fishing Derby July 9, 2016 (date subject to change without notice). $110 a boat with two person maximum. Registration fee includes $10 lunker. Timed tournament of eight hours. Total weight of five fish, one pound penalty for dead fish. Prizes awarded for Lunker as well as 1st thru 3rd (and probably more depending on entries) Contact 518.624.2145 for registration information and official rules. Sponsored by the Fish and Game Club. Pick up contestant number at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site. Depart after a live well inspection at the Town Beach. Public weigh in at the Shamrock Motel and Cottages Beach Area.
For lodging information please check LL Lodging, RL Lodging or under our LL Biz Listing for Accommodations Long Lake or Accommodations Raquette Lake, listed in alpha order.
Long Lake Top Three Bass Fishing Areas in New York State:
From Game and Fish Magazine, October 4, 2010 In the last few seasons, Long Lake in Hamilton County has evolved into one of northern New York’s better bass waters. Region 5 biologist Preall, who has documented the transformation, says smallmouths of between 1 and 2 pounds and largemouths up to 5 pounds are now abundant in the lake. In fact, bass appear to have supplanted northern pike as Long Lake’s dominant predators. Although Long Lake stretches over 4,000 surface acres, its bass aren’t difficult to pinpoint. Preall cites the Camp Islands, about six miles north of the DEC boat launch on Big Bay, as a great place to cast for smallmouths. For largemouths, he suggests trying any inshore cover. “Weedbeds, docks, boathouses or fallen trees are apt to hold largemouths,” he said. Long Lake is in the heart of the central Adirondacks tourist corridor. To find it, take the state Thruway to Utica, and then go north on Route 28. At the village of Blue Mountain Lake, bear left onto routes 28N and 30. The village of Long Lake is at the south end of its namesake fishing hole.
Fishing Licenses are available at the Long Lake Town Clerk’s Office, 1130 Deerland Rd, Long Lake, and at Hoss’s Country Corner which is open on the weekends. If you know in advance you will be fishing in our area you can apply conveniently on line, but you need to licenses two weeks prior to the use period. All persons over the age of 16 must obtain a NY State fishing license. For fishing equipment – Try Hoss’s Country Corner, selling live bait, lures and equipment, ADK Trading Post or Northern Borne Hardware Store.
Long Lake and Raquette Lake are located in the Northern Zone, NYS DEC Region 5.
Long Lake is almost completely surrounded by State lands providing it with unlimited acres of hunting grounds. More bear are taken in Hamilton County each year than in any other county in New York State and deer hunting is unsurpassed. Because there are few open fields and many acres of forest land, the sportsman must truly be a hunter.
The Long Lake vicinity also offers excellent small game hunting. Ruffed grouse, varying hare, woodcock and waterfowl comprise the small game population.
Many areas offer unique hunting grounds, from Primitive Areas such as Cold River, Lake Lila and the Bog River Flow. Local areas border North Point Road, Endion, Owls Head Trail, Lake Eaton, Northville-Lake Placid Trail and Forked Lake.
In 2013 conservation easements and newly acquired state lands make additional access available for hunting. The Essex Chain of Lakes can be reached via route 28N in Newcomb to Goodnow Flow Road. travel east on 28N to Newcomb, NY for approx 13 miles. Make a right on Pine Tree Road and then another right onto Goodnow Flow Road. Travel on Goodnow Flow Road approx 7 miles. Keep your eyes peeled for official DEC signage and kiosks to direct you to access and parking. These lands are now available for recreational use including Hunting and Fishing.
For More Information: Hunting Regulations, Dates and Information
The waters in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake are chock full of fish. With optimal spots to camp and lodge a spring fishing expedition is not to be missed. Trout season opens on April 1st and Bass Season will be open on June 20, 2015. Bodies of water in our region are numerous and many have special regulations, so be sure and check out the information listed at the link below. A springtime fishing experience is not to be missed. Trailer your boat to launch your fishing expedition from the Central Adirondack Region. The waters of the Raquette River offer an untapped bounty. The Sargent Ponds Wilderness, Raquette Lake, Jennings Park Pond (stocked), Forked Lake and Lake Eaton are great fishing spots.
New for 2013. Fishing Brook. Part of Governor Cuomo’s Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative.
Four miles of shoreline along Fishing Brook in the Town of Long Lake in Hamilton County north of Route 28N are open to fishing. Fishing Brook is located between the communities of Long Lake in Hamilton County and Newcomb in Essex County. It contains brook trout.
#DEC plans to construct parking areas and a boat launch for small trailered-boats on 60-acre County Line Flow and a parking area and boat launch for car top boats on 47-acre Fishing Brook Bog. The two waters, which are located at each end of this stretch of Fishing Brook, will be open for the public to fish by boat. Many of our area ponds and streams are stocked with trout it’s your loss if you don’t check it out. Live bait is available in town at Hoss’s Country Corner and other fishing equipment at the Adk Trading Post. Please check special regulations for any/all info regarding live bait on bodies of water. For information about bait fish check out the link to the DEC. Fishing licenses are available at the LL Town Clerk’s Office, 1130 Deerland Rd. Long Lake, NY 12847 518.624.3088 Monday – Friday 7am – 2pm and at Hoss’s Country Corner 518.624.2481 for info
For More Information: dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html
For More Information: Fishing News 2012
Fishing Derby Information:
The diverse waters of Raquette Lake and Long Lake make it ideal for an angler of any age. The New York State record brook trout at 5 lb 4.5 oz, 21 inches was caught in Raquette Lake in 2009. Our waters boast a variety of catch including: Bass, Northern Pike, Sunfish, Brook Trout, Land-locked salmon, and Rainbow Trout.
Long Lake and Raquette Lake boast fishing derbies for cash prizes all year round and we also have tournaments for the kids.
Long Lake Fish & Game Club
President, Bruce Jennings. Contact 518.624.2145
Long Lake Fish and Game Club Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Raquette Lake Fish & Game Club
Wayne Kavanaugh, President
“Fish you were here?”
2016 Tournament Dates (all dates subject to change without notice)
Late January – Mike Norris Memorial Fishing Derby on Raquette Lake
February – Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby – 2nd Saturday
March – Adult/Kid Fishing Derby on any waters in Long Lake – 1st Saturday
May – 3rd weekend Lamphear Memorial Derby, – Raquette Lake
Early June – Kid Fishing derby Long Lake 1st Saturday in June. 10am
June – Bass Fishing Tournament on opening Day (3rd Sat. in June) – LL Town Beach 6:30am Registration $25 per person
July – Long Lake Bass Derby 2nd Saturday in July. Registration in 518-624-2145. $110 a Boat. Cash prizes/Lunker
July – Raquette Lake Fishing Bass Fishing Derby Always the 4th Saturday in July. Pre-registration required – RL Fire Hall 6am Registration $110 per boat
Mike Norris Fishing Derby:
The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby happens every year in Raquette Lake on the last Saturday of January. Fish for Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Perch and Salmon. Registration begins at 6am at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Cash Prizes, Plaques for Winners. Hot Chocolate and Snacks provided throughout the day. Sponosered by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club and the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.
Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby:
Always the 2nd Saturday in February. 7am – 3pm $25 Fee per person.
Cash Prizes for Trout and Landlocked salmon on Lake Eaton.
Registration at the Town Hall starts 6am – 6:30am. Tip ups and lines in at 7am. Live Weigh in at the Lake Eaton Campground Beach. Town Hall is located at 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847 – Entrance in the back of the building.
Sponsored by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club.
Hunting Safety Classes:
Hunter Safety Classes are offered in the fall by certified instructors. All sportsman must be licensed in New York State. The Adirondacks offers many game types like, White Tail Deer, Wild Turkey, Pheasant, Black Bear, and seasons like bow and arrow, black powder, and Open Season.
For More Information: dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html