Lake Placid, the lake
Located at the north end of the village of Lake Placid, the water with the same name is an outstanding fishery that includes lake trout, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. You’ll also find perch and some brown trout, as well of plenty of rock bass.
Spring, however, is for the lake trout anglers, and there are some big ones in here. Sheer numbers of lakers has led the state to impose a smaller, 15-inch size limit on lake trout, with a three-fish daily limit. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Essex County Fish Hatchery both stock rainbows –- the state 8,500 yearlings and the county 800 2-year-old fish -- annually.
Access is via the state-owned boat launch on Route 86-B in the village of Lake Placid.