Saratoga Lake is a top-notch fishery in New York State in quality and quantity of fish. Both competitive and recreational fishing opportunities are available.

What fish can be found in Saratoga Lake?

In the lake there are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, northern pike, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, walleye, black crappie, bluegill, chain pickerel, and pumpkinseed.

(Fish Found in Saratoga Lake,, Accessed 11 July 2019)

Required fishing license for Saratoga Lake:

Are there any special fishing restrictions on Saratoga Lake?


  • Can be caught all year
  • Can be caught at any size
  • Daily limit is 15
  • Ice fishing is the permitted method

Are fish stocked in Saratoga Lake?

Every year about 8.6 million walleye are stocked in the lake.

Is overfishing a problem on Saratoga Lake?

There have been reports of the average size of fish in the lake shrinking by fishermen who have fished in the lake for decades. However, large bass, up to 21 inches and 5 pounds, can still be found in the lake.

Is ice fishing permitted on Saratoga Lake?

Ice fishing is permitted on Saratoga Lake.

Tips for fishing on Saratoga Lake:

  • Much of the shoreline is privately owner, so fishing off a boat or at the Saratoga Lake State Boat Launch are the best ways to enjoy the lake. There is an $8 fee to park at the Saratoga Lake State Boat Launch.
  • Northern pike can be found in the edge of weed beds. Smallmouth bass and walleye can be found in rocky shores.