Quite often, fishing writers overlook non-boating anglers when reviewing the lakes and rivers where fish are biting.
I’m one of the guilty.
So for those in the Capital Region who are boat-less, I’ve compiled a list of places where you can fish from shore easily searched with Google maps. Some of these waters even have reasonably priced rowboat rentals.
Located just off Fuller Road in Albany, this 35-acre lake (also called Six Mile Waterworks) is one of the best for shore-fishing in the area. It offers panfish, largemouth bass and trout. A favorite spot for local kids’ summer tournaments, it has accommodated as many as 300 youngsters tossing bobbers and worms on the same day all along its open shoreline. If you’ve been there lately, those adults you see fishing hard are trying to hook up with some of the 2,000 rainbow trout recently stocked there. There’s no fee for fishing and plenty of parking.
GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK
This park offers shore anglers five choices of ponds, all of which can be fished from shore. Long, Shaver and Second ponds offer good rainbow and brown trout fishing; Martin-Durham Reservoir has walleyes; and Mill Pond, along with all the others, has pickerel, perch and bass. This year, Long, Second and Shaver ponds shared a state stocking of 1,500 rainbow and 1,370 brown trout. There are boat rentals for $5 per hour or $20 per day. Fees beginning May 1 are $6 per car and will be $8 beginning Memorial Day. For additional information, click here
This 1,700-acre reservoir is the public water supply for the city of Troy and surrounding communities. There’s no boating or wading permitted, only shore fishing and only with a permit issued by the Troy city clerk’s office. The permit costs $10, and is good for two years. Applicants must show a valid driver’s license. Permits are free for those 70 and older. You must have your permit with you whenever fishing there. You must also obey the posted signs in the “Restricted Areas,” and no bottles or cans are allowed except at your parked vehicle.
This reservoir offers excellent angling for all types of panfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, pickerel and walleyes, all of which can be caught from shore. And there’s one other fish not usually favored by most anglers that swims here, the common carp. In May 1995, Charles Primeau Sr. tossed a night crawler out into the Tomhannock Reservoir and hooked up with a 50-pound, six-ounce common carp — the state record.
The Lake Lonely Boat Livery on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs has limited shore fishing in the creek leading to the main lake. Anglers need only to stop at the livery and ask permission to fish. There’s no fee. They also have rentals — $20 for rowboats, $35 for a boat and electric motor. Lake Lonely offers panfish, largemouth bass, pike, pickerel and walleyes. For further information, call 587-1721.
This lake is noted for its big bass, and shore anglers have a good chance of hooking up with one from the fishing pier off of Outlet Road at the north end of the lake. Fishing is free, and there’s a parking lot on the north side of the road. From this pier, you can catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, pickerel and panfish.
The only public shore-fishing area on this lake is at the state boat launch near the Route 9P bridge, and it’s very limited. There’s fishing here from both sides of the boat launching ramp, as well as from the shore bordering the overflow parking lot. Shore anglers should be aware of, and not interfere with, boats launching or being recovered from the water. There is an $8 fee for parking in this area. You can catch largemouth bass, northern pike, pickerel and panfish.
This is a private lake nestled in the southern Adirondacks, a short drive from Gloversville, with shore fishing in West Bay. Boats are also available to rent. Shore fishing is $3 per person, and boat rentals are $10 per person (kids 5-12 are half price). Motor rentals are also available. The lake is stocked with northern pike, rainbow and brown trout, walleyes, pickerel, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and offers good panfishing. For more information, go to www.peckslake.com or call 725-1294.
BASIC CREEK RESERVOIR
Located in the town of Westerlo, this 265-acre reservoir is owned by the city of Albany and allows shore fishing only from dawn to dusk. All anglers are required to have a photo ID permit issued by the Albany Water Department. The fishing is very good for northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass and panfish.
Click here to download a permit application. The application lists all the rules and regulations. Once the application is completed, call Port Albany Security at 689-1388 and schedule an appointment to get your photo ID permit. The permit fee is $10 for Albany residents, $20 for non-residents and $10 for seniors (62 and older). Children 12 and younger fish free.
These are just a few of the shore fishing opportunities. You’ll find many of the state parks and campgrounds offer limited fishing opportunities, and the charge is usually just $8 for parking. Remember: What you carry in should be carried out.